Todd, who holds a PhD in cultural anthropology, explains that the Intel Mentoring Program was developed out of empathy for athletes’ needs.
Todd has been working with Australian moguls skier Brodie Summers, and shares insight into the benefits of working one-to-one with a mentor.
The Intel Mentoring Program provided expert advice and support to help with your career progression.
At Intel, we already had a mentoring programme for our employees, but we felt it was time to adapt our programme for those outside the company – and we opened this opportunity to athletes through Athlete365.
When I started working with Australian moguls skier Brodie Summers, my focus was to help him identify his unique capabilities. Today, we all have a great deal of freedom in defining our own career path, and I impart to Brodie the tools to evaluate where he is, where he wants to go, and how he can get there. Many of you might look through ads and think, “Yeah, I’ll apply for that.” But in doing so, you’re not really reviewing the role to see if it’s a good fit. With Brodie, I’m helping him develop a framework that gives him the confidence to push back and prioritise his personal fulfilment.
Brodie and I spend a lot of time catching up, which is a great place to start in building empathy and allowing me to better understand who he is and his interests. We then typically turn to an assignment I’ve created for him. We started with identifying the roles he wanted to pursue following his career as an elite athlete, before building an understanding of what it would take to get there in terms of training, education and experience. I’ll call him out on perceived weaknesses in his application, and we’ll work on getting around that.
Access to a global network of connections
At Intel, we have 100,000 employees spread all over the world. We have the potential to mentor athletes in any language and in any time zone. Along with this, with our global network of partnerships and connections, we have so many contacts that we can introduce you to in your areas of interest.
We have the potential to mentor athletes in any language and in any time zone.
We understand the path you have taken to reach the top of your game, and we want to help you hone the skills you have developed as an athlete for application in the non-sporting world.
With Brodie, his aspirations are in green investing. While we’ve been connecting, I’ve been going through my network of contacts and assessing who might be a good person for him to talk to. For instance, I completed my PhD in Australia and I know people who work in investment there. This is the great knock-on effect that comes from working with a global company whose employees also have their own global network.
Hear from Brodie about how he is maximising his opportunities beyond sport with Todd’s support
Developed out of empathy
We know how easy it can be for others to stereotype you as being all about your sport. Through working with Brodie, though, I’ve seen the incredible levels of dedication he sets to thinking about his future outside sport, all while simultaneously establishing himself as one of the best moguls skiers in the world.
At Intel, we’re made up of people with a similar commitment to excellence, to goal-setting and to innovation as you have been throughout your athletic career. We understand the path you have taken to reach the top of your game, and we want to help you hone the skills you have developed as an athlete for application in the non-sporting world.
Developed out of empathy for your needs, it’s been hugely rewarding to see the Intel Mentoring Program come to fruition and support so many of you on your journey beyond sport. Through the programme, we’re witnessing first-hand the influence you can have on the business world and the unique skill-set and positive attitude you bring to the table – and we want to help more of you fulfil your goals beyond retirement.