January was National Mentoring Month, and to celebrate Trilix employees who mentor (whether they consider themselves mentors or not!), we featured one on social media each Monday. Keeping with the theme of the month, we want to highlight a few of our employees who are mentors to others in the office, industry organizations and our community.
If you take a glance at Public Relations/Communications Director Jana Rieker’s Outlook calendar, you might wonder if she ever stops. But to Jana, her day isn’t defined in a typical 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. window. Some mornings, Jana starts her day at a coffee shop mentoring others in the community. After work you can find her serving as co-chair for Million Women Mentors — Iowa, an organization that encourages girls and women to pursue an education and a career in a STEM field. Jana also advocates for women’s leadership initiatives, serves as program co-chair for Iowa Women Lead Change and has served as a coach and mentor for sports teams that inspire young people to live active and healthy lifestyles.
“Being a mentor doesn’t mean spending your free time taking someone to a ballgame or doing projects,” said Jana. “It can be as simple as sending an encouraging note, making a phone call on behalf of another or even serving as a reference for someone looking to advance in their career. Being a mentor means encouraging someone to ‘give it a try.’” — Jana Rieker
Media Buyer/Planner Alyssa Marschner was a member of Drake University’s women’s basketball team. Now, Alyssa shares her love for the game by coaching a few teams at Kingdom Hoops, one of the top youth basketball programs in Iowa. As an assistant coach for 7th and 9th grade elite girl teams, Alyssa helps young girls grow into talented players. Along the way, the girls learn teamwork, accountability, passion and confidence. While her players might see her as a role model and mentor, Alyssa, too benefits from her role by seeing her players develop with the goal to play in college.
“I was fortunate to have some special coaches and role models when I played. Now this is my chance to empower the next generation of girls.” — Alyssa Marschner
Senior Account Manager Abe Goldstien said that when he started his career in advertising there were no “mentors.” He was inspired by advertising professionals as professionals and people, and took the best of what he saw to pattern his own behaviors — that and the example his parents set for him. When Abe speaks to college students and young professionals, he makes sure to let them know that they can retain their individuality while pursuing a career. And, most importantly, to always take time to help others. Even though Abe doesn’t consider himself a mentor (he’d rather the phrase “nice guy”), he helps not only college students and young professionals but also every single person in the Trilix office.