TBI is honored to celebrate National Mentorship Month by highlighting some of the employees who have participated in our in-house Mentorship Program. This program was created for employees to grow within the company, further preparing future leaders and strengthening employee relationships on a cross-functional level. Today, we feature TBI's Cable Specialist - Post Sales, Ashley Owca, and her experience being a mentor/mentee.
What is your role at TBI and how long have you been with the organization?
I am a post-sales project manager at TBI, where I deal with Comcast orders - everywhere from order acceptance to installation. I have been with the organization for 6 years.
What does mentorship mean to you?
Mentorship is a way to not only broaden your horizons on a professional level but also to help you develop better interpersonal relationships as well. Being able to sit down and not only see and hear what other members of the company do, but also how they navigate the ins and outs of their professional and personal life really gives you a deeper understanding and appreciation for your fellow co-workers.
What made you want to participate in TBI's Mentorship Program?
I am an introvert in and out, so this was a way for me to step out of my comfort zone and push myself to be more personable.
What has been your favorite part about being a mentor/mentee?
I really enjoyed being a mentee because I was paired with an amazing woman (shout out to Nikki Roiland!) and I’ve really come to appreciate our talks and how, even though our jobs differ greatly, we always seem to have common ground on issues and she seems to always have my back.
Have you learned anything specific about yourself while participating in the program?
I learned that I am capable of branching out more and stepping outside of my little bubble successfully, even though it can feel awkward at times.
Do you have any advice for those looking to become a mentor or a mentee in the future?
Be open to new experiences and don’t be afraid to express yourself and be open with one another. Communication is the biggest factor in forming any type of relationship.
Connect with Ashley Owca on LinkedIn.