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Mentorship Champion: Kathleen Jay

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

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About Kathleen:

Kathleen is an energetic leader with a background in business operations, project management and coaching high-performance teams, devoted to bringing together technology and people. As Maplewave's SVP of Operations & Delivery, Kathleen oversees the business operations of Maplewave, as well as Maplewave's technical, development and delivery teams, ensuring the successful delivery of our solutions.

Having recently been awarded Business Leader of the year from the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Kathleen is passionate about leadership and community give back initiatives. Kathleen serves as a board director for Techsploration, a non-profit organization committed to empowering young women to consider careers in science, engineering, trades and technology.

What three words would you use to describe mentorship?

Growth, Knowledge, Commitment

Why do you think mentorship matters in 2023?

In a time where we are busier than ever, it is imperative that we make time to connect. Recent years have changed how we work on a daily basis, and we are missing the face-to-face connection time, and the sponsorship opportunities that in person work naturally creates. Prioritizing face to face mentoring time is more important than ever. For me, it is especially important to be helping future female leaders. As a successful female leader, I feel a sense of responsibility to help those coming behind me.

Is there a memorable "mentorship moment" you'd like to share?

In an attempt to help a mentee uncover what type of leader she aspired to be, I asked her to express what she wanted people to stand up and say about her leadership style at her retirement party. She went away to complete the assignment and when we met next and she shared her words, I was blown away! I have it hanging next to my desk as it was so well done. It was an excellent example of how the learning in mentorship goes both ways if you are doing it right. She taught me far more than I could ever teach her.

Want to learn more about other leaders and their thoughts on mentorship? Head back to our Mentorship For All Page

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