Fay Donohue and Pamela Reeve have come full circle in their careers. They’ve been mentored and been mentors. Donohue is the chief executive of Delta Dental of Massachusetts, one of the country’s biggest providers of dental benefits, and Reeve is the chair of the Commonwealth Institute, a nonprofit that advises women-led businesses, and the former chief executive of software firm Lightbridge Inc. Both recently met at The Boston Globe to discuss mentoring and what follows is an edited transcript of their conversation:
Donohue: Have you had a mentor? How many?
Reeve: I feel like I’ve had many mentors.
Donohue: If you define it as anybody who has helped, coached, worked with you along the way, then there are literally hundreds. What I get hung up on is the sense a mentor is someone who sounds frankly a lot more like a therapist. They sit there, they help you talk about your career, they help you think through ideas.
Reeve: They must meet with you 22 times a year, or they’re not really a mentor!
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