Thursday, August 29, 2013

Gov. Rick Snyder lauds Grand Rapids CEO mentoring program

When it comes to mentoring, Gov. Rick Snyder said he only has one rule: You have to pass it on.

“If you find this of value, you have to look me in the eye and say you’re going to go mentor someone yourself,” he told a gathered group of West Michigan chief executives at the City Flats Ballroom, one of several stops for Michigan’s governor in Grand Rapids on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Snyder spoke to the first graduating class from Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring (JEM), a program that pairs former or current CEOs with younger leaders of smaller companies to provide a listening ear and business counsel. The half-hour JEM appearance was followed by a stop at the MLive/Grand Rapids Press hub where Snyder promoted the city as a viable place to work to the Grand Area Rapids Young Professionals. Started in 2009, JEM connects up-and-coming entrepreneurs with a who’s who of seasoned West Michigan executives through a three-year commitment to help mentor them as they build and strengthen their business. Snyder gave examples of mentoring, and being mentored, during the JEM stop, in which he lauded the group for “being on the forefront” of his goal of “culture change” in Michigan.

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