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African Heritage Employee Resource Group (AHERG) Mentoring Program


The AHERG Mentoring Program is an exciting opportunity to provide career development and growth opportunities to African Heritage colleagues at Thermo Fisher Scientific that exemplify exceptional capabilities and aspirations, both professionally and personally. This global 9 month program is well structured and robust in offerings, providing mentoring relationships, various trainings, keynote speakers, assessments, and support to facilitate career growth and advancement for program participants. The AHERG Mentoring program accepts colleague nominations in April of each year.


Benefits for Mentees & Mentors include:

•    Increased visibility and exposure to new perspectives
•    Customized training programs
•    Learning about varied expertise and experiences
•    Regular guidance and feedback channels
•    Candid discussions on opportunities and strengths
•    Network expansion and relationship building
•    Coaching and leadership skill development


Carmen, Health System Executive
What mentoring means to me:
Mentorship provides guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modeling. A mentor can help you with exploring careers, setting goals, developing contacts, and identifying resources.

Thoughts on the AHERG Mentoring Program:
I met with Karnel Walker every month. Before we delved into business, we would discuss things besides our work life, such as past or upcoming vacations. I also had a chance to discuss the two positions that were promotions for me with him, and through our discussions, determine the right path.

Career aspiration in the next year:
I was promoted in 2021 as the new health system executive for the southwest. I am continuing to learn in my new role and building clinical advocacy for our allergy testing. I am also looking to apply for foundations of leadership within my division to help continue to develop my leadership skills. I am also taking advantage of courses on leadership on Thermo Fisher University.

Fun Fact:
I consider myself an amateur chef. I have named my kitchen “Carmen’s California Bistro.” My specialty is anything spicy.
Crystal, Executive Territory Manager
What mentoring means to me:
Mentorship helped me advance in my career, complete my Masters, and improve my leadership skills. I also gained a great friend and colleague.

Thoughts on the AHERG Mentoring Program:
I am honored to have been a part of the AHERG mentorship program last year. The program is essential for our community. You have the opportunity increase visibility and go deeper in owning your career. 

Career aspiration in the next year:
As I move forward in my career, I would like to explore leadership at the global level. Also, I enjoy encouraging others to own their career, and I would love to be a resource for the next group of mentees.

Fun Fact:
I play women’s competitive softball.
Ken, Mechanical Engineering Lead
What mentoring means to me:
Mentorship works. I encourage anyone who is serious about their career to find a mentor and to even consider becoming a mentor to someone. 

Thoughts on the AHERG Mentoring Program:
As a program alumnus, I can say that having a trusted mentor has been pivotal to my personal and professional development over the last two years. I can directly link my success in navigating the complexities of career and leadership development to my active engagement in the mentorship program. 

Career aspiration in the next year:
My career journey leading up to finding a mentor was a rich and diverse set of extremely valuable experiences that perfectly prepared, timed, and positioned me for the exciting R&D Electron Microscopy product development work I do at Thermo Fisher.  

Fun Fact:
My dad traded a successful career in medicine to live his dream as a jazz trumpet recording artist.  It was this early childhood inspiration that revealed to me that success is the progressive realization of a worthwhile dream. I learned to never quit no matter what the odds appear to be, identify your “why”, and make your purpose bigger than you. Inspired by my dad, I am a classically trained pianist at Hochstein and Eastman Schools of Music, and I express my voice through jazz improv. 
Monica, Associate Project Manager II 
What mentoring means to me:
Mentorship is a light to guide you. After every meeting, I felt invigorated, revitalized, and confident in what I was doing. I felt clear about what the next steps for my career were.

Mentorship also means trust, support and a solid work foundation. It’s easy to get tunnel vision and lose track of the big picture. Having someone to support you from the outside-looking-in helps you to see and obtain what you want, sometimes in a different way than you might have imagined.  That’s special and admirable to me!  I hope to pass it on one day.  


Thoughts on the AHERG Mentoring Program:
My mentor taught me to think differently. He said, “Monica, everyone is a human being just like you. Do not let the Executive titles, or the CEO, or the Director titles intimidate you and stop you from reaching out to build those needed connections.” I learned I am my greatest advocate. 

Career aspiration in the next year:
I live by the quote, “If you know better, you’ll do better.” I’m always looking for ways to better myself. To continue to expand my knowledge, grow and make connections by learning different aspects of the Thermo Fisher Business in different regions and as a whole. I’m working towards a promotion within 2-5 years. My goal is to stay focused and transition to a management position. I am not limiting myself to the New York site and would be interested in exploring opportunities for advancement in other regions. I would like to take my generosity, knowledge, and wisdom to help others and assist the world in becoming healthier and cleaner.

Fun Fact:
I love shopping, event planning, and baking. My specialty is cookies! Any flavor combination. Move on over Mrs. Fields! Ms. Monica needs a shelf. 
Yasheka, Supervisor, Steriles Quality Assurance
What mentoring means to me:
To me, mentorship is a partnership that is mutually beneficial. It is a two-way street built on trust, transparency and accountability. 

Mentorship means that I can learn from the experiences of others without having to live them myself. In addition, it is a reminder that someone else is invested in my future success together with me.  

Have a trusted friend, advisor, and career coach to discuss opportunities for personal & professional development and career navigation in a continually changing business environment, preferably in a way that’s mutually beneficial to both of us.


Thoughts on the AHERG Mentoring Program:
My mentorship experience paired me with someone who quickly taught me the value of authenticity, knowing your worth and staying true to your core values.
I went into the mentorship program with my own professional goals. My mentor and I were open about work experiences and personal experiences during our time together. As a result, I was able to develop in both aspects.


Career aspiration in the next year:
To elevate my leadership development, growth, and impact to the organization, those around me, and to our customers.

Fun Fact:
The first job I wanted as a kid was to be a race car driver. That clearly did not work out, but I enjoy riding motorcycles and have been riding for about 15 years now. 
Brandon, Digital Forensic Examiner
What mentoring means to me:
Mentoring is the creation of an honest relationship where healthy and meaningful dialogue is exchanged to form a safe space to discuss topics, ideas, or concerns authentically.  Mentoring is a fruitful experience when it’s driven by purpose, intention, and gratitude.

Thoughts on the AHERG Mentoring Program:
My career aspirations are geared towards leadership and transitioning into a people manager role.  During the mentorship program, one of the game-changing exercises my mentor recommended was to create a time-bound career roadmap, with the key competencies outlined for each role.  Writing down the steps to make each element of my personal vision a reality holds me accountable for me.  Since I’ve wrote it down, I’m focused on following through! 

Career aspiration in the next year:
The mentorship program had a momentous impact on my personal life and career trajectory.  My mentor and I have built a genuine relationship of trust, transparency, and appreciation for one another, that has continued after the official mentorship program ended.  Our interactions over the nine-month program and beyond have been invaluable and enjoyable.  I consider the knowledge and insight obtained through our conversations as an intangible asset that will further appreciate and add value to my personal growth throughout my career.

Fun Fact:
My most passionate hobby and talent is landscaping.  I ran a professional landscaping company for over 10 years. And, shockingly, I’ve never tried seafood.
Yasheka, Supervisor, Steriles Quality Assurance
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