I was asked several months ago to mentor an incoming freshman at the new Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Everyone who knows me knows I enjoy working with up and comers in our profession so, of course, I said yes.
Diana and I have met a half-dozen times since August - she is bright and intelligent and is just starting to understand what a great career she is choosing. I know we are in good hands when I meet people like Diana.
The school hosted an evening reception and I was pleasantly surprised that there are about 40 of us who have agreed to mentor students. People from all aspects of the communications world - agencies, print and broadcast professionals - were in attendance.
According to John Crosby, a former congressman from Massachusetts, "Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction." I hope we are all willing to be that for someone.