January is National Mentor month and it closed on a high note as Webster Bank was named a Corporate Mentoring Champion by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The 2015 National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C. award ceremony took place January 29. Webster was one of a select group to receive this distinguished praise for advancing quality mentoring opportunities and participation in the Corporate Mentoring Challenge.
Webster has a strong relationship with mentoring partners in the northeast with the Governor’s Prevention Partnership of Connecticut leading that involvement. Webster’s mentor program is led by Jay Brennan, vice president, market sales specialist.
The program was founded in 2002 by Laurance Selnick, senior vice president, director of Treasury and Payment Solutions Sales, who continues to be a spokesperson and mentor, to champion the importance of bringing mentoring into the life of a child. Selnick accepted the award on behalf of Webster, as it was through his leadership of a Diversity Council initiative that led the way to the national impact and recognition this program now has. More than 100 Webster mentors volunteer more than 5,000 hours each year to this program that was featured last year in ABA Banking Journal.
The Corporate Mentoring Challenge was launched by First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2011 National Mentoring Summit. Webster Bank is a leading regional bank serving businesses and consumers in the northeast.
Congratulations Webster Bank!