The Value of Mentors

Last week, I celebrated my 11 year anniversary with Hyatt Hotels Corporation.  Eleven years ago I was a recent college graduate and one of the company’s new Corporate Management Trainees.  Professionally, I’ve grown substantially since my first day with Hyatt and I am so grateful that I have had strong mentors to guide and coach me along the way.

Yes, You Can I Have More than One

Some may have the belief that a person can have only one mentor, but in my opinion, you can have more than one.   My mentors all have their own unique “voice”.  Although they’re all within the hospitality industry, their positions, genders, strengths, and ultimately advice vary.  As a result, depending upon the situation I’m confronted with, one of them over the other may be better able to personally identify with my concerns and perhaps share their own directly related experience.

Relationships Develops Organically

Don’t worry if you start your career without a mentor, I promise eventually your perfect mentor will emerge.  My mentors appeared at different stages of my career.  I didn’t ask any of them to fill the role, the relationships developed organically.  With their support, I’ve made wiser decisions and had the benefit of the unbiased opinion.  I’ve learned from each of them, borrowed aspects of their management or communication style.  They’ve all watched me grow and helped shaped me professionally.

Pay It Forward

Recognizing how important they are in my life, I welcome the opportunity to “pay it forward”.   My mentors saw and continue to see the potential in me.  I will never be able to thank them enough, but what I can do, is follow their examples, be available when others ask my advice or want me to give feedback on a decision.   I know for sure I’m prepared for the role, after all I’ve had amazing mentors.



Ronisha is one of Hyatt’s College Recruiting Managers.  Hyatt’s College Recruiters visit more than 30 college campuses each year recruiting top talent at hospitality programs across the country.  A graduate of The Ohio State University, Ronisha begin her Hyatt career as a Human Resources Corporate Management Trainee.  During her ten years with Hyatt, she has worked at Hyatt Hotels in Orlando, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey.  To learn more about opportunities with Hyatt please visit, follow Hyatt on twitter @hyattcareers, become a Hyatt Facebook fan at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Careers and follow the Campus Recruiter blog at

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