A membership organization of communications infrastructure contractors has revised and expanded a mentoring program to include all of its members. Previously conducted under the wing of the Women of NATE Committee, the mentoring program now includes all members of NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association.
“The mentorship program is designed to help all participants climb higher together and foster the exchange of ideas, expertise and camaraderie among all NATE members,” a statement from the organization reads. “From emerging professionals to industry veterans, participants can grow both professionally and personally by learning from each other’s perspectives, discussing professional issues and supporting their peers in the resolution of their challenges.”
Darrin Wagner, chairman of NATE’s Mentorship Subcommittee, said that in supporting a larger group of members, NATE would put a special focus on veterans as they return to civilian roles and face the challenges the transition can present.
Speaking of her mentorship experience and her mentor, Monica Vink, Lesley Liarikos, vice president and chief operating officer of Tower Systems South, said, “I am truly thankful and blessed to have Monica as my mentor. She has shared her stories and insights and always fills me with encouragement. She has helped me set priorities with my health and my family to find that balance.”
In addition, Liarikos said that she recommends the mentoring program for anyone interested in making a difference.
“It is a very rewarding feeling to be part of something that not only benefits you but has an impact on others as well,” she said.
Vink, Liarikos’ mentor, works as the marketing director for Legacy Telecommunications and belongs to the Women of NATE Committee. She said, “This experience with Lesley has been incredibly rewarding from all aspects. There are many times that I feel the roles of mentor and mentee are reversed as I’ve learned so much from her as well. To watch her growth personally and professionally and to encourage her in the journey is humbling. I’m filled with gratitude for the gifts of growth she has given me as well. I’m honored to be part of this journey with her and to watch my friend blossom as the leader she is.”
NATE members may submit applications for the mentoring program at https://natehome.com/member-services-login/member-resources/nate-mentorship-program. Wagner has offered to answer questions about the program; he may be reached at [email protected] or 985-788-1553.