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HYPE Members Get Lesson in Mentorship from Business Leaders

Published Mar 28, 2019 by Maggie Martin

Greater Houston Partnership HYPE Mentorship event

HYPE members and powerhouse corporate leaders jump-started their day with breakfast and thoughtful conversation at this year’s first HYPE Power Hour.

Thursday’s sold-out event at Partnership Tower was an opportunity for these young professionals to gain insight into the career paths, educational background and journey of established thought leaders. 

Sheel Tyle, GHP Board Member and  founder and CEO of Amplo, was one of the thought leaders at this morning’s event. 

“I received a lot of mentorship when I was growing up,” Tyle said. “I feel like the best professional relationships I’ve had have been with my mentors. In some ways, this is my way of giving back.”

Mentoring was one of several topics participants discussed during the networking event. Tyle said he encourages those seeking mentors to reach out to more established leaders within their organizations. 

“In the workplace, reach out to senior leadership and say ‘I’m new and I would love to learn and see how I can add value to you,’” said Tyle. “See how you can add value to that person. Young people always have something to offer, it’s just figuring out what that is. And mentors don’t necessarily have to be older. Mentors can be the same age or younger.”

Participants talked with each other in a more intimate networking setting, with a Thought Leader at every table to share their insights. 

Arif Yusuf was one of several HYPE members participating in Thursday’s event.

“I’m looking forward to sitting at a table of peers and being able to discuss prevalent topics that affect not only our own community and society, but reflect how business and technology are constantly evolving in a rapidly changing world,” said Yusuf. “I am always intrigued by the higher-level thinking established business leaders have to have in order to remain so many steps ahead in their respective industries.”

Yusuf said networking as a young professional in Houston is important. 

“I enjoy meeting people and learning about their stories, and also being able to connect them with others from my own network,” said Yusuf. “I think as a young professional in Houston, it is absolutely necessary that one has a growing network firmly planted within the community. I believe this is instrumental as we grow into the next group of leaders in Houston.”

HYPE is a Greater Houston Partnership program created by young professionals for young professionals. Learn more about this program here.  

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