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Published in Quill August 2006. Quill is published and copyright by the Society of Professional Journalists. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Rita Boags, an organizational consultant and educator, has been spreading the word about the benefits of mentoring for 20 years. Her program, offered through her Castro Valley, Calif-based company, Leadership Technologies, promotes having structure that improves learning and quickens growing. Boags developed her formal program from years of study and work in community, academic and corporate settings.

You'll recognize many of the corporations and agencies for which she has designed programs: Fannie Mae, Hughes Aircraft Co., The World Bank, John Hancock Financial Services, Dow Corning Corp., Coca Cola Company, Ernst & Young, General Motors Corporation Finance Group, U.S. Department of Labor, State Farm Insurance. That client list gives her even more credibility.

The skeptical among you may charge that she hasn't worked with journalists, so what can you learn from her? Journalists, after all, are a different breed. Put your skepticism away: She's worked with journalists, too.