TBI Celebrates National Mentorship Month: Joel Hoffman

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 Senior Director of IT, Facilities, Joel Hoffman, and his experience being a mentor/mentee. 

What is your role at TBI and how long have you been with the organization?2019 Headshot

I am TBI's Senior Director of IT, Facilities, and have been with the organization for 7 years. 

What does mentorship mean to you?

At this point in my career, I feel mentoring is critical  - helping others grow and reach their dreams.

What made you want to participate in TBI's Mentorship Program?

Caitlin Baronti, TBI's Senior HR Manager, asked if I would be interested. I was honored to be asked, and with consideration, accepted the responsibility. I knew I needed to prioritize this program, as I didn't want to participate unless I knew I could be all in. 

What has been your favorite part about being a mentor/mentee?

TBI's Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Scott Whalen, is my mentor and we have formed a friendship out of this that may not have happened without the program. As a mentor, I have felt true satisfaction in helping others see their potential. 

Have you learned anything specific about yourself while participating in the program?

As a mentor, I've realized that my experiences at TBI and pre-TBI contain lessons that can be shared, and are meaningful to others. I have been able to offer more guidance than I expected. As a mentee, I've learned it's appropriate and necessary to promote what I do upwards. 

Do you have any advice for those looking to become a mentor or a mentee in the future?

It should be comfortable and not forced. It is okay to come with a laundry list of ideas and questions but don't expect results overnight. It is also okay to just talk sometimes without a goal in mind for the call, and just listen to your mentee. They will bring what they need even if they don't realize it.


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