"By having HIV and living with it for so long, I [am] able to support, encourage, and inspire somebody else."
Dianna Cohen, a visual artist and environmentalist, aims to raise awareness about pollution in the world's oceans.
According to the classicist Gregory Nagy, Homer’s epic provides an early example of enlightened guidance that’s still relevant thousands of years later.
Anna Maria Chávez, the former leader of an organization she loved as a child, on the mentors who shaped her career
The filmmaker Mae Ryan and the data journalist Mona Chalabi say that their willingness to push and support each other was the key to creating their Emmy-nominated documentary.
The late Nashville Scene editor Jim Ridley made everyone around him better, and took little credit for himself.
Donna Hicks, a scholar at Harvard, says the lessons from her research on violence apply to interactions with family, friends, and mentees.
For almost 30 years, Dan Meers has built a professional community founded on radical kindness as Kansas City’s KC Wolf.
Dave Gilboa says it’s important to find a mentor “who can tell you when you are being delusional.”
The criminologist Geoffrey Alpert says that it’s not just the substance of constructive criticism that matters—it’s also whom that criticism comes from.
The former broadcaster compares mentorship to a good gym habit—it’s not just about working out today, but every day for years.
To the ragtag groups of volunteers that help him create his artwork, the sculptor Patrick Dougherty is a boss, a mentor, and a humble peer.
Elizabeth Lund, a vice president at Boeing, reflects on the lessons she's learned and passed on during her career as an aeronautical engineer.
Jodi Gillette, formerly an adviser for Native American affairs under President Obama, on how her worldview is built into her career.
The haunting things Bob Lang once saw as a firefighter have influenced the advice he now gives to young colleagues in his work as a lawyer.
Yosimar Reyes, a poet and artist, reflects on the guidance the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas has given him.
The writer Ashley C. Ford and her mentor, Roxane Gay, discuss the professional advice they’ve gotten and how to cope with criticism.
More than a dozen mentees of the late journalist remember the lessons he imparted.
“If one person gets a leg up, that’s a leg down for whomever else is competing for those opportunities.”
The economists Darrick Hamilton and Sandy Darity met as student and adviser. Now, they see themselves as equals.
Michael McFaul, who served under President Obama, on being a diplomat in an often hostile environment
The Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig discusses how Aaron Swartz's death shaped his own life's work.
If men are overly concerned with the appearance of impropriety, the careers of female subordinates suffer.
University of Michigan's John Beilein reflects on 40 years of mentoring young athletes.
A conversation with a deaf-studies professor and a student she’s been supporting throughout his academic career
The chef Jeremiah Langhorne learned from one of his idols—and then decided to move on.
Dispensing with the usual meetups over coffee, two biomedical engineers created a platform to more easily connect young people with professional guidance.
The senator and his mentor look back on the 25-plus years since they met at Princeton.
A psychology professor at the U.S. Naval Academy on why professional guidance doesn’t always work out as planned
“I know that everything is stacked against my scholars,” says Nadia Lopez, a principal featured in Humans of New York.
Kaya Thomas, a 21-year-old coder and advocate, has been vocal about the industry’s homogeneity.
The animated feature is a surprisingly thoughtful meditation on what professional achievement requires in the 21st century.
The politics professor and former TV-show host talks about creating a dynamic that combines empathy, vulnerability, and fun.
A conversation with two immunologists about the “little digressions” that shape their research and careers
Unconscious bias can influence who leaders choose as their protégés. Can its effects be mitigated?
A committee the university formed had one main recommendation: more mentorship.
Reshma Saujani is passing on the guidance she received while helping girls break into a male-dominated field.
Harper Poe, a South Carolina-based designer, on the dangers of using another person's story to sell a dress or a handbag
The career of one female national-security professional offers some insight.
Stacey Abrams has made a career for herself in politics, but that’s not where she looks for guidance.
The co-owners of a studio in Washington, D.C., reflect on how their dynamic has evolved over the years.
As the first openly trans man to compete for the U.S. national team, Chris Mosier is trying to provide support to up-and-coming LGBTQ athletes.
When J.D. Vance was in law school, his mentor, Amy Chua, gave him the confidence to take a different path.
When Aya Aljamili came to the U.S., her long-distance mentor played a crucial role in helping her navigate daily life.
And when they get them wrong, it can be worse than having not tried at all.
Two rabbis in Washington, D.C., say that, for them, the relationship is about finding someone who knows and challenges you.
“You don’t want someone that will tell you exactly what to do. That’s not the point of a mentor.”
Two women share a name, a hometown, and a devotion to the law.
They act as a “social vaccine” that protects female students against negative stereotypes and gives them a sense of belonging.
Lauren Williams, the features editor at Essence, on the importance of mentorship in an industry short on diversity
The vice president—and other powerful men—regularly avoid one-on-one meetings with women in the name of protecting their families. In the end, what suffers is women’s progress.
Knowing the right people certainly has benefits, but how long do they last?
There’s no one right approach, but they all start with reaching boys early.