Susan Canfield, director of the Foster School MBA Mentoring Program and author or Mentoring Moments

Can you be both a mentor and a mentee at the same time? Is mentoring a formal relationship, or does it evolve organically? What does great mentoring look like?

Susan Canfield, director of the MBA Mentor Program at the Foster School of Business, recently published Mentoring Moments (March 2009) to explore these questions. To get at the heart of meaningful mentorship, Susan delves into eight mentor/mentee relationships across divergent industries, company sizes and personalities. 

Mentoring Moments not only examines the ways in which mentoring can be transformative for both mentor and mentee, it also serves as a map toward changing trends in the way mentoring happens. For example:

Traditional view of mentoring   Evolving view of mentoring
You are either a mentor or a mentee   You are both at the same time
A mentor must be more senior than
the mentee
  A mentor is anyone from whom you
can learn
The mentor structures and drives
the relationship
  The mentee drives the relationship
Mentoring is a formal relationship   Mentoring is often organic and may
be based solely on observation


Read an excerpt from Canfield's interview with mentor Sally Jewell, CEO of REI.

Order your copy today. All proceeds from book sales support the Foster School of Business.

KPLU’s Bellamy Pailthorp recently interviewed Susan Canfield about Mentoring Moments. Listen to the interview.

For more information contact Susan Canfield at or 206-616-8609.

Mentoring Moments by Susan CanfieldMentoring Moments by Susan Canfield, director of Foster’s MBA Mentor Program, tells inspiring stories from 8 business leaders and Foster MBAs. Read an excerpt or order your copy today.
What's Inside?

Mentoring Moments features interviews with the following pairs of mentors and their mentees:

Richard Tait, Co-founder, Cranium; chief boomboom, boomboom brands and
Chris Howard, MBA 2007

Mike Mondello, President & CEO, SeaBear Company and
Heidi Otto, MBA 2007

Lynn Parker, Principal & Co-founder, Parker LePla and
Nicole Pargoff, MBA 2008

Alan Frazier, Founder & Managing Partner, Frazier Healthcare & Technology Ventures and
Lisa Meyr, MBA 2008

Tom Giordano, Former VP Marketing, Philips Medical Systems and
Maria Gerea, MBA 2004

Stewart Parker, Founder & Former CEO, Targeted Genetics and
Eric Keeler, MBA 2001

Phyllis Campbell, President & CEO, The Seattle Foundation and
Rebecca Lovell, MBA 2006

Sally Jewell, CEO, REI; University of Washington Board of Regents and
John Sheppard, MBA 2001