“Those who seek mentoring will rule the great expanse under heaven. Those who boast that they are greater than others will fall short. Those who are willing to learn from others become greater. Those who are ego-involved, will be humbled and made small.” –Shu Ching

When you research information about mentor publications state that it comes from Greek mythology. Mentor, written in Homer’s Odyssey, was appointed guardian for Telemachus, son of Odysseus, king of Ithaca. The relationship was intended for Telemachus to learn the skills he would need from Mentor, a trusted friend, teacher, and wise advisor.

There are several descriptions of the term mentor including; guidance from someone more experienced who helps another person; a nurturer, a deeply caring relationship that promotes personal and professional development.

It is an interactive process where individuals with varying levels of expertise come together with goals to help develop targeted skills and competencies. That is exactly what ROI developed in 1998 along with a Board of Directors. We launched the Women’s Partnering Network, a program designed to bring a group of individuals together from varying backgrounds with personal assessments and predetermined set of goals to support, guide and hold each other accountable.

“The Women’s Partnering Network is more than just a networking group for women. My time with the Network was an amazing time of engaging and sharing in relationships with really smart women. They helped me to learn, to grow and to be challenged in a manner that was encouraging, uplifting and very empowering. Mrs. Needham’s commitment to empowering women was always evident from her design of each group to the speakers she brought in to further enhance our knowledge as well as our leadership. An awesome experience – not to be missed!”
-Mary Mortimer, Director of Human Resources
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School


Virtual Group Mentoring is unique because it allows individuals from anywhere in the country to connect regularly, receive guidance, support and motivation to take the necessary steps to grow and develop in the areas most important in their lives.

“I was part of the Women’s Partnering Network shortly after I went back to school to earn my bachelor’s degree. It was a valuable experience for me – both personally and professionally. I was surrounded by a group of like-minded women that not only encouraged me to be my best, but held me accountable. I learned a great deal about myself, my abilities, my vulnerabilities and the real value of doing the work – work which I continue to do in my life today, 15 years later. I’ve made significant professional gains, continued to grow personally and have maintained the WPN friendships that were made all those years ago.”
Deborah D. Gonyea, Finance Director
Beckman Coulter – Life Sciences


Choosing to take part in a mentor program requires a long-term commitment – a minimum of a year. With short and long term goals, and committed effort by the mentees, it has proven to bring about tremendous personal and professional development that would otherwise never been achieved.

If you are looking to excel in your career and relationships, expedite and expand your possibilities in life, than I encourage you to see the options for mentoring on the ROI Solutions website.

“Life is not a matter of chance…it is a matter of choice.” -Ka