What Is A Mentor?
The dictionary defines a mentor as a wise and trusted guide, counselor or teacher.
The purpose of the IIGL mentorship program is fourfold. First, it provides students with a more experienced individual to rely on for guidance, advice or to discuss particular ideas or concepts encountered in the IIGL studies. Secondly, it offers the mentor with an opportunity to share her or his own life experience and knowledge. Thirdly, it is an excellent opportunity for cultural exchange, enlarging the worlds of both the mentor and student. And last of all, it provides the foundation for the possibility of an ongoing friendship.
Any contributor to the IIGL program may also volunteer to serve as a mentor. Mentors are expected to be familiar with the basic concepts offered for Level One & Two studies and to be in harmony with the basic ideas, principles and philosophy of IIGL.
Each student who has completed Level One studies will be qualified to have a mentor if he or she wishes. But this is not a requirement.
The Mentor's Role
Mentors provide an ongoing partnership designed to help students with advice and guidance in their studies, personal and professional lives. The intent of the mentor is to assist students to be the best they can be and to enhance the quality of their lives.
Mentors are available to listen, to observe and to help students identify their goals in life and to develop solutions and strategies for meeting those goals. The mentor's role is to provide support, guidance, and to help their student enhance his/her innate skills, resources, and creativity. In essence, the mentor acts as a catalyst, to allow the student to truly see themselves and their choices more clearly.
Mentors are advisors; their main objective is to help the student address questions and concerns through reflection and dialogue.
Mentorship traditionally has implied an uneven relationship of power between two individuals. From our perspective, however, mentorship is a mutual exchange of information, ideas & experiences It is not a hierarchical relationship, but a learning process for both parties.
There is no right way of mentoring. Key to the success of the mentoring relationship is to remember that each relationship will be different, and we all learn in different ways. The process should allow for open and honest exchange that accommodates difference and diversity; hence, the importance of feedback throughout the process.
The success of the mentoring relationship is not about being matched with someone who thinks the way you do. The success is when the mentor and student can understand and tune in to the pertinent issues. Mentors should not try to impose their views, but suggest alternative views or ask questions to allow the student to find their own way.
Although your exchange initially may be about the IIGL studies, personal issues may enter into the dialogue as time goes on. In such cases it is particularly important to maintain confidentiality and understand a students challenge within their cultural context.
The mentorship program is not about mentors providing financial or material assistance to students. In such cases their role is to guide a student to a deeper understanding of the IIGL teachings regarding the process of manifestation. The cornerstone philosophy of the IIGL program is based on the idea that "if you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach him to fish, you feed him for a lifetime."
Be as clear as possible with your self and your student or mentor as to what you want out of this relationship and how you think it could be achieved, including any goals and expectations.
Both mentor and student should agree on the frequency of on-line communication that is comfortable for both parties, considering their time, circumstance and computer accessibility.
A mentor may work with more than one student at a time. It is recommended, however, that a mentor start with one and add others as time and circumstances permit.
Either party has the right to withdraw from the mentoring relationship if, after genuinely trying, the situation is not satisfactory.
These guidelines are just that, guidelines. They can be used at the beginning of the relationship to establish a connection, but it is up to you to develop a process that works for your situation.
Once a student has completed Level One studies, he or she may request mentorship. At that point the program director will make a recommendation to one or more available mentors, based on the mentors interest, those of the student, and the student's performance. The decision to accept a mentor role with a particular student, will be up to the potential mentor. Once this is decided, the program director will make a formal introduction and then it is up to the mentor and student to develop the mentoring relationship.
Meet Our Mentors
Helen Baker, BSN, MA, Ph.D., LMHC
Cape Coral, Florida USA
My early adult years were in nursing. First with a diploma degree from St. Catherine's College in St. Paul, MN and then with a bachelors in Nursing from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. I worked in the fields of Critical Care, Emergency Room and Trauma/Crises.
In 1981 I received a Masters in Counseling Education from the University of South Florida and set up Cape Counseling Services of SW/FL, Inc. where I have been the director for the past 24 years. I worked with persons going through various losses in their life cycle.
In 1984 I received my Ph.D. in Loss and Change specific to Death and Grief and continue to work in the capacity of Mental Health Counselor in Florida from Nov to April and as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital in South Carolina from April to November.
At present I am semi retired and have been working to create a refuge for persons going through various life transitions. I see myself working as a bridge between those individuals locked in the cycle of attachment to material things and the concept of "power over" and those who have an awareness that peace on this planet is attainable.
I believe that the International Institute for Global Leadership is a very powerful instrument in this quest and I would like to be a part of it in any way possible.
Wanda Gail Campbell
Huntsville, AL. USA
I was born to be a peacemaker. Most of my childhood was spent in rural Alabama- the southern part of the United States of America. This was during the turbulent birth of civil rights activities. In a strongly codependent community, I learned the strength of personal integrity and dedicated work ethics. Now I am astutely aware of our ignorance of and isolation from the global arena. I see our sheer unawareness of how our actions affected the bigger picture. We seemed to be mostly spiritually asleep and focused on physical survival with weekly attention to fundamentalist religious dogma.
Many years and several careers later, I presently serve as a Minister of Peace with The Beloved Community. It is my honor to coordinate national Spiritual Peacemaking Sacred Circles.
This ministry offers opportunities to serve joyfully in a “ministry of the moment”. Not only is this fun, it includes a wide variety of experiences such as LuvBucket, the clown and a puppet reading ministry with area low income children.
For my own spiritual nourishment, I enjoy spiritual pilgrimages. The most recent and treasured one was experiencing the rituals of another faith and culture from my own base practice of using The Sacred Office of Peace Prayers. It brought awareness to a lifetime of ignorance about other spiritual cultures and allowed healing and release of unfounded prejudices. Now, I personally understand that world peace begins in the individual heart and ripples outward. It is my intention to become loving peace and to live every moment from a peaceful heart.
One way to live peace is to assist and encourage others to connect to Divine Essence and to allow an authentic expression of that to emerge as a powerful force in the world. Part of this process is, I believe, empowering the energies of the divine feminine in both men and women. Then, we will feed all the hungry peoples of the world, encourage self responsibility, and live in harmony with each other and this precious planet.
Asheville, NC. USA
I have been a truth finder for most of my life. I resonate with the oneness of all mankind and the total galactic adventure. I share this truth/love with those I connect with as often as it shows up. I have assisted many people (including kids) to believe in themselves and know everything is possible if you believe in it. My joy and passion for over 30 years is assisting people with their healing at all levels; mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. I love passing on great books, videos and so on to others, that they too may be blessed. I share the beliefs that this institute supports through this wonderful program.
I am the founder and CEO of Multimed Inc. Multimed Inc. is a Canadian-based, international medical publishing and marketing corporation. Established in 1980,the firm is recognized today throughout the world for its ingenuity, creativity, and style in its publishing and project development portfolios. Among our clients are major pharmaceutical companies, healthcare supply corporations, as well as international non-profit medical associations. I have also served as the Chairman of the Canadian Health Development Foundation, designed to forge business relations between the hospital and industry sectors.
I am a proud dad of two beautiful daughters, in their twenties. I have studied and continue to practice wu style tai chi, under the guidance of the great-grandson of the founder of the wu style.
I am an avid fan of all types of music, and play guitar in semi- professional bands, raising money for various charities and foundations.
Milwaukee, WI. USA
I am a student of the world who is continually learning and growing. To be able to share with others in many ways, is a means of continuing this growth. I would like to keep learning from others and share whatever I may have learned. I have had the opportunity to learn, first hand, about many countries i.e. China, Russia, Thailand, India, Tibet, Mongolia, eastern Europe, central Asia, etc. Some personal interests include art, sculpture, literature, history, ballet, opera, live theater, GOOD CONVERSATION, and most importantly, the value and joy of good friends.
Menquon, Wisconsin, USA
From the age of 4, I remember having an "imaginary" classroom in front of me! I played "school" throughout my childhood and have been attracted to educational efforts as long as I can remember. Throughout my youth, I felt uncomfortable with the formalness of the traditional classroom. This feeling led me to study and earn a Master's Degree in adult education and curriculum design. Along with my interest in education, came a desire to "make a difference" in the World especially for others who had less resources; and/or who were ill. During high school and college I worked at an inner city osteopathic hospital in the X-ray department and emergency room. This is where I had my first lessons about compassion and the importance of treating other people with the utmost respect and kindness. One of my greatest joys from this experience was to connect with others from different cultural backgrounds and to participate in their spiritual healing.
One of the reasons, I support the International Institute for Global Leadership is because I have been blessed by having a wonderful support system of friends, mentors, and resources throughout my life. In return, my intention is to help others with their educational and spiritual journeys. As an adult educator, I have taught different topics such as Leadership Development, Team Building, Conflict ResolResolution and Cultural Diversity both in corporate and academic environments. My greatest joy comes from seeing the "aha's" when people from different work environments, cultures, and ages can share and appreciate their similarities as well as differences. One of my intentions during my classes is to include information on personal leadership and wellness. I have encouraged many students to create what they want in their lives, whether that is a career, relationship, travel experience, or a new home in a new location...that it's all possible...all it takes is to believe it's possible and to listen to one's inner guidance! Through my experience, I've observed that creativity, trust and listening are key elements of Leadership. I am also certified as a Life Purpose Coach...a facilitator who coaches others on life purpose and choices. I believe all of us have a soul purpose as well as a collective purpose. I often help others obtain a better understanding of these concepts.
I have been fortunate to see first hand how resources are raised, allocated and implemented for humanitarian cause. I have traveled to the former Soviet Union and Europe to deliver food packages to the recipients in their homes and view community facilities such as nursing homes, community centers, and daycare centers. My vision is to expand "gifting to others" by having resources available to the ALL instead of just a few! The International Institute for Global Leadership allows me to apply this vision. I see us as one Global family. It's very inspiring to see the Institute continuously expand and grow. I feel that by educating others about consciousness, great shifts are created. I have many personal interests such as Traveling and Networking with people around the World, Astrology, Numerology, Handwriting Analysis, Creative Writing, Painting, Oriental Medicine, Yoga, Spiritual Wellness and Dream Interpretation.
I am blessed with 2 beautiful and gifted children, Zachary and Mollie. They teach and guide me to new levels of learning every day. We together hold the vision for a world of Peace and for wellness instead of dis-ease.
Springfield, MO. USA
I read a quote years ago that has been useful to me every since. The gist was that it's more effective to create what you want in the world than to fight against what you don't want. That is one of many reasons I was drawn to IIGL. I also appreciate the intercultural nature of the program since culture is one of my passions. I work as a writer and editor for a company in India, for international Ph.D. students, and for school districts as well as teach World Cultures at a Minnesota college. To balance all the computer time, I work in the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore where we recycle all kinds of housing materials and items. Wherever I go, I love to learn from my experiences and from the people around me.
I've learned that Happiness, Peace and Freedom to express myself are my goals and those of all human beings, but we are usually unaware of this. I was born in Bornholm, Denmark and live in Caracas, Venezuela. Two continents apart, but a lot of love in common. Venezuela is home, here I got married and divorced, I gave birth and raised two wonderful men. I've loved and cried my heart out in this beautiful country. However, I know I am truly a World citizen, even if different country policies don't agree with me!! Holding a Venezuelan passport is a challenge!
I believe change comes from within, we can only create changes around us when we are willing to do so in our personal lives. Then, can we influence our families, then our friends and those closest to us, and then the community as a whole. If we can provoke this consciousness in one person, only one, we will have been able to start a change. This one person is 'I.' We can only ask for what we are willing to give. Am I peaceful enough to ask for peace? Am I fair enough to ask for fairness and justice? This is where my present work aims at; awareness of the responsibility we have on every choice we make for our lives and those around us. I This is where I believe IIGL has a major influence, if I can contribute to take the world out there, if enough of us can remember we own the kind of heart-centered leadership we are aching for, we will make a change. It's the small stuff that make the difference, greeting those around us, giving a helping hand whenever we can, asking for help when we need it, understanding we have social and political rights, as well as personal, accepting our responsibility for all of it. We can make a difference in remembering that WE are to ones we are waiting to make a difference!!!
In 2005, I became a student of IIGL, since then I have identified what it takes to live on this planet earth. I have experienced so much and I have met different people. IIGL has affected my attitude in life positively which is a type of window through which we view the world and seek fulfillment, No matter what we participate in, or any activities that we do, or career that is in line with our attitudes.
I develop a passion to discover, systematize and analyze, a search for knowledge, I also have a passion to gain return on investment of time, resources and money, a passion to experience the impressions of the world and achieve form and harmony in life, self actualization, a passion to eliminate hate and conflict in the world and to assist others in becoming all they can be, a passion to achieve position and to use that position to affect and influence others and finally a passion to seek out and pursue the higher meaning in life and achieve a system for living.
Once you know the attitudes that drive your actions, you will immediately be able to understand the causes of conflict. If you are in a career or position you are enjoying, or if you are finding little satisfaction in your career or position, you will understand why. You will understand and appreciate your relationships as you recognize the attitudes of other people. You will see how their attitudes might interact with your own.
For this reason, I am glad to be a mentor and I am fortunate to be the first student to complete the study. I also have a strong passion that we will all get to our destinations. There is saying that if you do not know where you are going, every bus stop look attractive, I am willing to give back what I have received. IIGL I say a BIG thanks.
I'm an awesome creature, full of life, grace, hope, abundance and a perfect mold, molded by a powerful universe.
In 2005, I made a bold decision by joining IIGL to dedicate my life to starting and advancing a revolution in how Human Beings Think, Speak and Act, based on a new model of consciousness. I completed level seven studies October 2009. This marvelous journey has been life transforming, helping me discover what a man can do to move the world & benefit humanity.
For me IIGL is indeed a Powerful, Safe, Nurturing, and Nourishing Platform for Individuals to step in to Re-discover and Re-claim the Natural and Authentic Brilliance and Greatness that They already Are.
As I advance, I want to contribute the highest value to the greatest amount of people while I'm on this planet. My goal is to make my life a concrete example of the full range of human potential, making people feel the joy of purpose, be aware of their mission to the society and make it count.
Born a musician, an author, a minister of the gospel and an entrepreneur. I’m the director of Global Grand Generation Ministry (G3 Ministry).
In my free time, I spent with my band (La Grande Generation Band), reading especially the Bible, exploring, innovating and praying.
One time things will have to change. Implement now perfect later. Don’t worry about a thing, I’m getting there. You are raising from the dust to the palace. You can spend all your time studying the roots or you can learn to pick the fruits.
I like being affectionate, refined, fastidious and clean of heart.
Those who have should share with those who don't have. People should learn to support each other
Julian Murphy (UK)
I am based in London, England and have worked in Computer Network Engineering for various companies across a variety of sectors including sales and marketing, venture capital, retail, banking, TV, charities and non-profit organizations in Central London and Greece. From 2003 to 2005 I was Technical Support Consultant for the Business Development Manager of SoftControl - one of Bangkok’s leading technology solutions providers, serving banking, telecoms, aviation, pharmaceuticals and automotive industries.
After this I served as a consultant to the United Nations Development Program as a knowledge management consultant developing a content management system for their internet government and e-government programme. This programme aimed to promote the development and application of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for sustainable human development in the Asia-Pacific region.
While in Asia I created Etico Business Development Group - a technology solutions provider that harnessed the talents of Bangkok’s freelance community, bringing tech solutions to NGOs, charities and non-profits. In 2007 I returned to London to manage business development for GOALS UK the UK’s leading provider of motivational training in the Public Sector, developing CRM and web technology to support their business processes.
In 2009 I founded EticoTEC a technology solutions provider serving the social enterprise sector. EticoTEC develops technology that helps businesses with their sales, marketing and customer relationship management objectives.
Bikundo Onyari (Kenya)
My first job introduced me to two things; team work and coaching.I was given the responsibility of team leader and it helped me understand how to build effective and strong teams.
So far I have led several teams and it has been a magical experience for me. Out of all these I have been able to harness my social entrepreneurship skills. At the moment I lead two teams; a development focused organisation called the Face of Kenya that seeks to promote national cohesion and a training company known as aNDE Kenya that I started to empower people tap into their potential and live a joyful life.Through these two organisations I meet so many people who share a common purpose of seeing a better world and they desire to link with each other.This offers me an opportunity to work with them and mentor/coach others.
In 2009 I graduated as trainer and teacher.It was the same time I graduated from IIGL level 7.I have been able to inculcate my education in my work and trained hundreds of people to grow and become magical.I offer my time and skills to people who cant afford my services especially young people since thats where my passion lies.