Twomentor wants to help companies create a culture of mentorship - Technical.ly DC

Business

May 5, 2016 10:05 am

Twomentor wants to help companies create a culture of mentorship

“It’s not a nice to have, it’s a have to have,” Twomentor CEO Julie Kantor said.

Twomentor is all about creating systems for and a culture of mentorship.

(Photo by Flickr user Boris Baldinger, used under a Creative Commons license)

Mentorship, and the importance of mentorship, are hot topics in circles on entrepreneurship. But according to Julie Kantor, CEO of management consulting firm Twomentor, not everyone has bought in just yet.

“You still have to explain why it’s not a nice to have, it’s a have to have,” she said.

Kantor has spent much of her career to make tech, STEM fields and entrepreneurship more accessible and inclusive. She worked for STEMconnector, and Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship. It’s a subject matter she’s very, very passionate about. And now, Kantor is approaching the issue of accessibility and inclusivity from a new angle — the mentorship angle.

Kantor launched Twomentor seven months ago from an office in Bethesda. With the name, Kantor told Technical.ly, she tried to take the word “mentor” and “make it more inclusive.” Twomentor offers consulting services for companies looking to institute mentorship programs, and it rests on an unapologetic belief that, for a diverse workforce especially, mentoring is not just nice to have. It’s have to have.

Here's what Twomentor means. (Screenshot)

What Twomentor means. (Screenshot)

Kantor says the workforce is changing, and if companies want to retain their workers then they must change with it. Women and millennials especially, she told Technical.ly, view mentorship opportunities as a vital part of a job, and will leave jobs where they don’t feel supported.

Advertisement

Companies should care about this, Kantor argues, because of the high cost of employee turnover. Indeed, that employee turnover is an expensive endeavor is a popular idea, even one with some research behind it. There are others though, like this guy, who argue that turnover can be good if “the right people turn over.” A third opinion says sure, you might not see the cost of employee turnover on your balance sheet. The costs are hidden, “soft” costs, but they’re important nonetheless.

Kantor sees the soft costs and the bottom line-affecting ones. And she’s on a mission to get companies and even government to see both too — to go beyond good intentions and create processes and strategies for retaining and encouraging a diverse workforce.

“I’m really, really excited,” she said of her personal entrepreneur journey, “but there are dark moments, too.”

How does she get through them? You guessed it — with a little help from her mentors.

You must appreciate accurate, relevant and productive community journalism.  Support this sort of work from professional reporters with seasoned editors.  Become a Technical.ly member for $12 per month -30-
JOIN THE COMMUNITY, BECOME A MEMBER
Already a member? Sign in here

Advertisement

MACH37’s spring 2019 accelerator cohort includes these 6 cyber startups

Remodelmate closes first investment round, raising $525K

The Happied app is looking to provide everything you need to know about DC happy hours

SPONSORED

DC

This fast-growing SaaS company aims to be a force for change in the energy industry

DC, SF, NYC

Nava

Experienced Software Engineer – Backend

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA

Orthly

Full-Stack Javascript Engineer

Apply Now
Washington DC

The Washington Post

Back End Developer/ Engineer – Arc Engineering

Apply Now

HawkEye 360 announces the release of its first product

Flight Centre Group is now the largest shareholder in Upside Travel

On the Market: These 5 tech startups are hiring in the DC area

SPONSORED

DC

Hear from the privacy pros at Security by the Schuylkill

Washington, DC

The Washington Post

Sr. Full Stack Developer

Apply Now
Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post

Senior Software Engineer (iOS)

Apply Now
Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post

Audio Engineer

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Dc

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!