We have just created a two-page overview handout about the new "Sun Mentoring: 1996-2009" technical report from Sun Labs. This handout and copies of the report will be available at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC09) which starts next week in Tucson, Arizona. Sun is a Platinum Sponsor of the Hopper Conference. It starts out:"Overview

Sun Microsystems has benefited from a long-term successful culture of mentoring, especially in its worldwide engineering divisions. About 7,300 mentoring pairs have participated in one of Sun?s formal mentoring programs since 1996. Sun has developed several internal formal world-wide mentoring programs in which mentoring pairs focus on a business problem or goal of the mentee. To create this report, the authors analyzed Sun?s 1996-2009 mentoring program data, Sun-wide data, plus information from a Gartner report on Sun mentoring which focused on the ROI of Sun?s mentoring programs.

Mentoring has paid off for Sun in increased productivity, efficiency, and greater satisfaction among participants. This report presents what Sun did and how Sun did it to allow others to take advantage of the company?s extensive and successful experience with this remarkably effective and versatile business method. So far as is known, this report is unique: no other company has published a long-term detailed analysis about its corporate mentoring program."

Also included in the two-page handout are the first five conclusions, plus expert mentoring advice from the report (Best and Worst Practices). Sheri Kaneshiro took this picture of the three report authors:

Katy Dickinson (middle),
Tanya Jankot (right), and
Helen Gracon (left).

Image Copyright 2009 by Katy Dickinson and Sheri Kaneshiro