New York, NY (Tuesday, June 9, 2015) – Mentoring USA and MENTOR/UMB: Center for Evidence Based Mentoring are pleased to announce a collaboration around the airing of podcasts about prominent people and their mentors. The podcasts draw from the entries of the critically acclaimed book, The Person Who Changed My Life, which was edited by Mrs. Matilda Raffa Cuomo, the former first Lady of New York, and founder of Mentoring USA twenty years ago. Among the contributors are Hillary Rodham Clinton, Joe Torre, Rosie O’Donnell, Nora Ephron, General Colin Powell, and many others.
“We are honored to share Mrs. Cuomo’s mentoring stories with the vast audience that not only listen to the Center’s podcasts but also the thousands of people who go to the Center’s Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring to learn and share best practices around mentoring. We hope the many listeners will benefit from the reflections and wisdom of these influential and special people and the mentors who helped get them to where they are today,” stated Stephen Powell, Executive Director of Mentoring USA.
The mentoring podcasts are available through the Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring and MentoringU, an iTunes podcast series. The Chronicle and its podcasts are designed to teach listeners about the latest mentoring and youth development research. The podcasts each run about 5-10 minutes and promise to entertain listeners with lively interviews, and inform them about mentoring-related news. Produced by award-winning radio host, Micheline Mann, the Chronicle’s podcast series was recently described by one listener as “like NPR for mentoring.”
“We are thrilled to add Mrs. Cuomo to our distinguished and high profile list of authors, speakers and notables. Mrs Cuomo is one of the great leaders of the youth mentoring movement and her book illustrates the power of mentoring.” said Rhodes
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- Fareed Zakaria recalls the two men who provided a world of inspiration in his childhood
- Joy Behar reflects on the guiding women of her life
- Pete Hamill explains how the heroes of literature can be valuable mentors
- Ossie Davis looks back on the highschool teacher and acting mentor who helped shape his life
- Gloria Estefan credits her intuitive relationship with her grandmother for her musical success
- Jamie Wyeth discusses his art and culture mentor, Lincoln Kirstein
- Stanley Tucci recalls his father’s emphasis on the importance of art
- Alan Alda discusses how his mentor taught him to distinguish the person from the behavior and to test assumptions
- Marcia Gay Harden remembers all those who played a part in the formation of who she is today
- James Earl Jones speaks about the teacher that helped him find his voice and lose his stutter
- John McCain remembers the teacher who provided him with the idealism he admired and emulated.
- Cindy Crawford, talks about the advice and influence of her parents, teachers and early modeling coworkers
- The late Sir David Frost recalls his high school English teacher
- Edward Asner remembers the enduring influence of his high school football coach and his journalism teacher
- The late Walter Cronkite’s reflection on his high school mentor, Fred Birney