Susan Dorgan - New York
Evan Hoffman - New York
Elizabeth Salogub - New York
I would like to nominate Susan Dorgan of AIG for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. She helped me create my future and she deserves recognition.
I started working with Susan in December 2017 about nine months before I retired from the Air Force. At the time, I had more questions than answers. I knew where I was going to live, but I did not know what I was going to do when I got there. I have a varied background and had trouble narrowing my options to focus my job search. I was willing to do almost any job, as long as I felt I could contribute to the company’s mission. Susan helped me think harder and be more discriminating. She introduced me to people who do the jobs I was contemplating and that was truly enlightening. I was able to walk in these people’s shoes for an hour or a day or more. This was the singularly most valuable experience for me. I could actually feel which jobs fit and which didn’t. I couldn’t have done that on my own. I didn’t have the connections.
Susan also pushed me to find my preferences and passions. Unlike my experience in the military, I actually had a choice about the direction my professional life would take. The more we talked, the more Susan and I discovered I have a very strong entrepreneurial bent. I didn’t really want to work for someone else anymore. This made all the difference in my job searching. Because I had relocated to a new city, with no network, I couldn’t realistically just open my own business. Susan and I worked on a business plan, refined my perspective, and set to work finding a partner to help me bring that vision to a reality.
And now, I couldn’t be happier. I am a member of a very small law firm, with a strong reputation, significant connections, and a 40-year practice history. The firm is helping me build my brand, introducing me to their clients and referral network, and providing the stability I need to build a practice of my own.
In addition to her professional guidance, Susan has been a true friend. We talk about our experiences in life, important milestones in our family, and she even flew to my retirement ceremony to meet me and celebrate that important day. I am and forever will be indebted to my friend and mentor, Susan Dorgan.
- Maren C., U.S. Air Force Reserve, Washington
I would like to nominate Evan Hoffman for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. I was matched with Evan back in December of 2017. Right away he was very helpful and guided me through a time of a lot stress. Getting out of the Army was not an easy decision for me, but I felt that it was the right moment.
The first thing Evan did for me was edit my résumé. From there we spent the next couple of months perfecting it. On occasion we spoke more often than we anticipated in our first conversations. Evan is a busy person, but I never got a “no” when I asked for help. We continued communicating through emails and phone calls until my return from Germany. When we met in person, he took me to his company building in Nashville where he introduced me to several of his colleagues in the corporate world, which helped me a lot to get me ready for the civilian world.
It has been almost a year since I first talked to Evan and I can say without a doubt that even after our mentorship comes to an end I know that we will keep in touch. His passion and desire to help others goes beyond a mentorship. He is a great human being and I consider him my friend. Thanks to him I was able to survive the first couple of months once I left the Army. His constant feedback and advice gave me the strength to not give up. It took me several months but I have a job today thanks to all the help he gave me throughout these past months.
- Amehd P., U.S. Army, Tennessee
I would like to nominate Liz Salogub for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. However, given that our relationship started in December of 2017, ‘Mentor of the Year’ would be much more appropriate. Reflecting back to our first conversation, I can’t help but laugh at how utterly lost I was in determining the next chapter of my life. Lacking guidance and direction, I looked to Liz to tell me what to do. To which she candidly replied, “I don’t know. What do you want to do? You need to figure that out for yourself.” Difficult, but honest feedback, for which I am incredibly grateful.
It is difficult for me to articulate how valuable Liz’s mentorship has been in navigating my transition over the past year. To do so, I referred back to our original “Mentorship Goals” document, which outlined specific goals/milestones and my mentorship vision which reads, “My focus for this mentorship is simply to listen/learn from you in order to gain a better understanding of ‘corporate America’ and ultimately form a solid foundation of goals and career aspirations to build from.” Fast-forward 11 months later, as I prepare to start a career in medical sales, Liz has not only satisfied that vision statement, but far surpassed any expectations I had for this relationship.
After multiple rounds of having my résumé eviscerated by the brutally honest feedback of her red pen, we crafted my résumé into what it is today. When I had questions that she couldn’t answer, Liz went out of her way to find someone who could. Through Liz, I have conducted dozens of mock interviews that prepared me to be among the top candidates at my hiring conference. We’ve definitely checked all of the boxes necessary to make a successful transition into the private sector, but above all, Liz’s counsel has easily been the part of our relationship I value the most. Liz has been with me from the beginning, every step of the way; guiding me to what I believe is the perfect fit in medical sales. Somehow she has struck the perfect balance of mentorship - building my confidence when I was discouraged, but always humbling me when I became a little too self-assured. Liz is a phenomenal mentor and I cannot thank her enough for everything she has done for me over the past 11 months.
- Daniel M., U.S. Army, Colorado