Mentorship Program

AUGUST
2021
PLANS

Mentees Confirmed

22 Global Mentees enrollment confirmation in the first class of the ABSA Mentorship Program

Mentees Connected

Inaugural Mentee only introductory meeting to be scheduled and held

Mentors Contacted

All mentors will be contacted on behalf of the mentees with the goal of matching everyone to someone in their top 3

Matches
Made

Match introductions and first meetings scheduled for September 2021

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MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
DETAILS

What is mentorship?
By definition, a mentor is a more experienced and knowledgeable person who teaches and nurtures the development of a less experienced and knowledgeable person. In an organizational setting, a mentor influences the personal and professional growth of a mentee. Most traditional mentorships involve having senior employees mentor more junior employees, but mentors do not necessarily have to be more senior than the people they mentor. What matters is that mentors have experience that others can learn from. For example, some companies have “reverse mentoring” programs where younger employees share their experience using social technology with senior colleagues who may not have used these tools before.*
Who is it for?
Anyone with an interest in behavioral science or a behavioral scientist interested in learning from others in the field. You are never too junior or too senior to have a mentor or be a mentee - we all bring different perspectives to the study and application of behavioral science.
How can I get involved?
Just fill out one of the above forms. We will then be in touch with you and support the matchmaking by providing you tools to optimize your mentee/mentor experience.
Why is ABSA doing this?

At ABSA we are building our community with purpose and inclusion from the start. Bringing people together from different contexts and with variable experiences in the field allows us to do just that.

 

"There also research that demonstrates that mentoring is associated with a wide range of favorable behavioral, attitudinal, health-related, relational, motivational, and career outcomes. Some differences were also found across type of mentoring. Generally, larger effect sizes were detected for academic and workplace mentoring compared to youth mentoring."**

 

*https://www.sap.com/insights/hr/why-mentors-matter.html

**https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2352144/  

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Andrea D. Rivera-Martínez

MENTEE

Andrea D. Rivera-Martínez

Education: Bachelors degree in Psychology
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Career Stage: Master's student
Mentor Wish-List: 
  • Robert Abreu
  • Brandon Velez
  • Linda Castillo

How did you get interested in Behavioral Science?

 

As a social science undergraduate, I have been interested in how social and behavioral science shapes public policy and how could help policymakers design more effective interventions.

 

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MENTEE

Alyssa Lampert

Education: Bachelor of Arts - Economics
Location: Toronto, Canada
Career Stage: Early career at for-profit organization
Mentor Wish-List:
  • Melaina Vinski
  • Dilip Soman
  • Kelly Peters
How did you get interested in Behavioral Science?

My interest in behavioural science started during my undergraduate degree as an Economics major, where I was continually exposed to the assumption of rationality. I often found myself questioning this assumption because, quite simply, individuals do not always act rationally. That query drew me to undergraduate courses with a psychological lens, such as behavioural economics. I further explored my interest in the area in my current role at a HR Research and Advisory firm, where I researched how nudge theory may be used to shape employee behaviour in ways that benefit both the employees and the organization. Throughout the project, I had the opportunity to interview experts in the field, where I learned the profound and positive impacts behavioural interventions can have on the way people operate. Ultimately, these experiences allowed me to fully realize my strong interest in the field.

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MENTEE

Wesley Porter

Education: Psychology, BA (In progress)
Location: Riverside, CA
Career Stage: College student
Mentor Wish-List:
  • Nir Eyal
  • Samuel Salzer
  • David Perrott
How did you get interested in Behavioral Science?

Although I did not know it at the time, I first became interested in behavioral science following my winter finals during my junior year of high school. Through exposure to incorporating active recall into my study routine my academic performance drastically increased, while significantly reducing time spent studying and subsequently stress I experienced about my work. I spent the next two years researching into peak performance and procrastination which eventually led to me joining a behavior change lab for a summer research fellowship this past year. During these months I was exposed to the term behavioral economics when describing my professional interests to a program mentor as I was more fascinated by the application of how to aid individuals in achieving peak performance in their behavioral goals and combatting ailments such as procrastination as opposed to purely understanding these cognitive processes. From then on I found myself engulfed in the anything behavioral science related via podcasts, books, and research articles. Overall, my innate interest in understanding the psychology behind behavior first caught my fascination. Subsequently, this attraction led to the discovery of behavioral science's potential as an under utilized approach to maximizing personal and professional life satisfaction. This combination of my curiosity and ability to positively impact people at scale transformed this initial interest into a prolonged passion for learning behavioral science that I want to pursue for the foreseeable future.

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