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A Mentor Story: Doug and Isaiah

Jan 28, 2019, 11:35 AM

Senior Integrated Supply Chain Supervisor and HOPE Scholarship mentor Doug Oliphant knows when his phone pings late at night, it’s likely his mentee that needs him. Doug mentors Isaiah Williams, who is enrolled in Metropolitan Community College’s Engineering Technology Program.

“My mentor, Doug, has helped me with more than I could say,” said Isaiah.

January is National Mentoring Month with Thursday, Jan. 31 designated as Thank Your Mentor Day. Isaiah says there aren’t enough words to thank Doug for his mentorship, describing him as a caring adult and a best friend.

Doug says he’s had to be more than a professional mentor to Isaiah, who faced major transportation and financial challenges during his first semester in college.

“Sometimes you are a life coach along with being a school mentor, helping them manage their life that may be in chaos,” said Doug.

Isaiah says Doug plays a key role in helping him stay focused on his goals.

“Doug motivates me to do better and strive higher,” said Isaiah. “He proved to me there are people who are still willing to help, even when the odds are stacked against you.”

There are 16 Honeywell employees who are currently mentoring students in Honeywell’s HOPE and Black Achievers Scholarship Programs.

Allow us to say thanks to all of you who serve as mentors, whether it’s in the community through FIRST Robotics, Big Brothers Big Sisters or at the Kansas City National Security Campus helping support the professional development of our employees.