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  • Mentoring is great, yet mentoring programs are often not well-defined.  

  • There is no silver bullet for all of your developmental needs.

  • Ultimately, YOU are responsible for your future and you’ll probably seek out multiple people to guide you along the way.

  • Traditional mentoring programs establish 1-to-1 relationships between the mentor and the mentee.

What is a Personal Board of Directors?
Think of yourself as the CEO of your career. As CEO, you are responsible for setting a long-term vision, strategy, and plan for achieving your goals. You’ll also need to market yourself, invest in your skills/education and make important decisions. Many organizations and non-profits have a Board of Directors that helps guide the CEO and hold them accountable for their goals. YOU CAN HAVE ONE TOO.

Why a Personal Board of Directors?

The goal of the Personal Board of Directors Program is to create a bridge for knowledge sharing that only comes with experience, tenure, and the dedication of the Top Achievers in the State of Nebraska, and alumni of the 50 OVER 50 NE Awards. It is a means to provide more robust support for the younger generation while they navigate their professional lives, through social support, career advice, advocacy, expertise, network, and developmental feedback in a highly efficient delivery method used by organizations. The Personal Board of Directors is invested in your success and ideally represents a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. Their guidance ensures that you’ll have a trusted advisor to turn to at every major decision.

The ASCEND Model
Harvard Business School Professors Ting Zhang and Leslie A. Perlow identified six (6) primary areas of professional support: Advocacy, Social support, Career advice, Expertise, Networks, and Developmental feedback (ASCEND):

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The What: public support (e.g. to get you referred, hired, or promoted, even in the face of resistance), protection from detrimental situations (e.g. from time-intensive or inapplicable assignments), or access to unique “stretch” opportunities that help you learn and grow.

The Who: this person is usually a direct manager or senior stakeholder who has influence or authority within an organization. Importantly, they are willing to put their reputation on the line to advocate for you, even when you’re not in the room.

How does The Bloc's Personal Board of Director Program work?

Thank you for joining The Bloc's Personal Board of Directors Program. Unlike a traditional 1 to 1 mentee/mentor match mentorship program, The personal Board of Directors mentorship Program is a 1 to 3 match that brings a mentee (referred to as the executive) together with 3 local business and or community leaders. These 3 local business and or community leaders represent the mentee's Pesonal Board of Directors. A properly built Personal Board of Director includes a:

  1. Mentor

  2. Coach, and a

  3. Sponsor 

These roles are interchangeable.

The Personal Board of Directors program is an action-driven leadership and mentoring program in which your goals, and development are prioritized. You will learn new skills and shadow prominent Nebraska business and community leaders, and be giving the tools to apply your new skills to attain your professional goals.

When you join the PBD Program as an executive, we will help you elect your board of directors based on your goals and board members' availability.


Board candidates are 50 OVER 50 NE alumni, successful business owners, professionals and local community leaders. They have a lot to offer as members of your Personal Board of Directors. For the 2022-2023 cohort consideration, please apply by December 17, 2022.  

Some benefits of the Personal Board of Director Program include: 

  • Increased self-confidence

  • Leadership development

  • Professional development

  • Increased  opportunities  

  • Increased self-awareness

  • Develop strong communication skills

  • Growing a personal network within the business

  • Exposure to new and different perspectives

  • Learn to self-reflect

  • Improve goal-setting

  • Learn from other's experiences

  • Learn to ask good questions

  • Being supported by someone

  • Better work-life balance

  • Higher salaries

  • Being advocated for

  • Increased chance of promotion

  • Increased job satisfaction

Have questions?

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