In honor of National Mentoring Month, the Leadership Team at Key Assets Kentucky is honoring mentors in their lives who have impacted them positively, or highlighting those they’ve personally mentored or helped excel in their careers.
“I would consider my former employer from my high school years to be my most influential professional mentor. He urged me to attend college and continue on to graduate school where I earned my MSW. Thanks to his encouragement, I conquered my fears of leaving home and embarked on a life-changing adventure where I grew both personally and professionally.”
–Phyllis Leigh, Behavioral Health Director
“Throughout my social work career I have had a number of mentors who have shaped my social work practice and beliefs and shown me the courage and determination you must have to fight for those who need a voice. I always felt ‘at home’ in social work because I truly shared the values and ethics of social work. As I began to take on leadership roles, I learned I was most comfortable in a #2 position – Associate Director, Program Director. To be honest, I was not confident in my abilities to take on the Key Assets Kentucky Executive Director position in 2017, however, Estella Abraham, then Key Assets Group CEO, would not take no for an answer. She did not just push me into the position and leave me on my own; she gave me the confidence, skills, support and resources I needed to be successful in this new role. Mentoring had to be a bit more creative as she lived in the UK but she provided much needed guidance through Skype calls, phone calls, emails and texts. One of the most valuable lessons she taught me from her own experience is how important it is to be present with the people you care about. It is easy in our busy work world to carry that over to home but when you are with family and friends, be present. To this day, Estella Abraham continues to be my mentor and my go-to person when I need sound advice as well as reminders of life’s priorities.” — Jennifer Hall, Executive Director
“In August of 2014, I began my practicum under Jennifer Hall and knew instantly she would have a great impact on my future both personally and professionally. Jennifer has always supported me, provided me with growth opportunities and encouraged me to push myself in order to meet my personal and professional goals. Jennifer provides guidance in a constructive manner and because of her approach to supervising, I have always felt safe in my efforts to succeed in the field of HR. I consider Jennifer a wonderful mentor and hope to one day inspire others as she has inspired me. ” — Lisa Gibson, Human Resources Manager