Tag Archive for: inspirational stories

Decorated veteran talks about new role in supporting the next generation

Written by William Wagasy, Board of Advisors, Trauma Assistance Program for Survivors A Navy SEAL from 2002 to 2012, I had three deployments to Iraq under my belt and had just finished a year-long deployment to Afghanistan when I returned to the United States. I served another six months in the military and transitioned to […]

A mentor at every stage: What Kobe Bryant learned from composer John Williams

Written by Rina Raphael, Fast Company In 1998, a teenage Kobe Bryant was lifting weights in Gold’s Gym in Venice, Calif. when his phone rang. He answered his brick-sized Nextel phone to hear a shocking statement on the other line: “This is Michael Jackson.” “Get the f** out of here,” Bryant recalled answering. “What the […]

What an unexpected diagnosis can tell us about mentoring

by Jean Rhodes None of the specialists at the U. of Chicago medical center could pinpoint the source of Phil’s chronic back pain. Months of appointments, batteries of tests, and several unsuccessful treatments had culminated in a referral to the psychiatry department’s pain management clinic where I was a clinical psychology intern. Sometimes patients were […]

Fareed Zakaria recalls the two men who provided a world of inspiration in his childhood

Chapter 19 of Matilda Raffa Cuomo’s book: The Person Who Changed My Life, Fareed Zakaria, an Indian-born American journalist, author and host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS recalls the two men who provided a world of inspiration in his childhood.            

Bill Russell: We are nothing without our mentors

Bill Russell, Special for USA TODAY Sports12:30 a.m. EST January 21, 2016 (Photo: AP) If not for George Powles, I would have never played basketball. A mentor who changed my life. Who was George Powles? The year was 1949 and I was a sophomore at McClymonds High School in Oakland. Back then, freshman couldn’t try […]

My mentor kisses pigs: Does Your Mentor Go to Great Lengths?

by Elizabeth Brajevich, Undergradate at Michigan State University Dr.  Laurie Thorp is the director of RISE, the Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment at my college, Michigan State University. She has been my academic adviser, teacher, and mentor for three years. My ears perked up when she announced an opportunity for my freshman year cohort […]