Mentorship in a corporate setting can benefit mentees, employees and corporations alike, according to Mentor Greater Milwaukee Executive Director LaNelle Ramey.

But only if it’s done right.

How to set up successful mentorship programs — and the benefits that follow — were the main topics of Mentor Greater Milwaukee’s panel discussion Tuesday night at the Fiserv Forum.

The panel, targeted toward corporate leaders, was meant to encourage the creation and support of mentoring programs throughout the city, with the support of organizations such as Mentor Greater Milwaukee.

It featured Kelly Kauffman, chief human capital officer at the Milwaukee Bucks; Darice Brown, a global supply chain messaging and communications manager from Rockwell Automation; and Thomas Rosenthal, a program officer from Northwestern Mutual. They all described their methods of making mentorship work and why it’s important.

Kauffman said the Bucks believe in giving back so much, they’ve created their own name for it: “volun-deer-ing.”

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