I Got the CMA Mentor Award

career_management_mentor_awardI’ve been trying to figure out how to write this and have it be a good read for you.  I hope I can pull it off, otherwise this is just a braggy post.

Last week I went to the Career Management Alliance conference in New Orleans.  They just started a new recognition program where they have four awards that they give to people in the career industry (whether you are a member of CMA or not).  I was surprised and honored to have earned the award called the Mentor Award.

According to the Career Management Alliance website, the Mentor Award “honors those individuals who have guided, and inspired, their colleagues in tradecraft, entrepreneurship, and community building.”

I usually feel like a vendor… I’m not a career coach, resume writer, counselor or practitioner, so to get recognition like this for being a COLLEAGUE is a real honor.  I appreciate the nomination and any discussion about this from the CMA people… thank you!

Here are the other awards and winners:

What Color is Your Parachute Award – Deb Dib
In honor of the founder of modern career counseling and author of What Color is Your Parachute? — Dick Bolles — this award recognizes an individual who has made sustained, innovative contributions to the careers industry — someone who has stayed on the cutting edge and shared his or her knowledge on a wide scale…someone who has helped shape lives and inspired hope.

Bridge Award – Wendy Enelow and Elizabeth Craig
The Bridge Award recognizes one outstanding professional who has made a significant difference in the careers field by connecting professionals from a wide variety of sectors within the industry (e.g., government, academia, the corporate sector, nonprofits, and the entrepreneurial world).

Mentor Award – Diane Hudson Burns and me
The Mentor Award honors those individuals who have guided, and inspired, their colleagues in tradecraft, entrepreneurship, and community building.

Marketing Innovator of the Year – Jacqui Barrett Poindexter
The Marketing Innovator of the Year award is a great exaltation, recognizing a career management professional who has created and successfully implemented the most innovative practice for building business and enhancing their brand.

Congrats to all recipients and nominees, and thanks to CMA for the recognition 🙂

8 thoughts on “I Got the CMA Mentor Award”

  1. Congratulations! That must feel very nice. I don’t know who else was a contender, but I think you’ve made a lot of effort to offer your experience and reflections for others to learn from.

  2. Congratulations Jason!! You truly deserve the recognition in being a pioneer for the new innovative ways of teaching professionals to manage their careers. Your words, actions and thought are always a personal inspiration.

    Onward and upward to all those who follow your solid counsel.

  3. Jason, you’re not just a vendor, you’ve always been “one of us” from the moment you started blogging about careering and mentoring SO generously. You’re a coach in the best sense of the word. You change lives.

    Everything about you has been about giving. Sure, you’re an entrepreneur and innovator, and sure sharing info and stuff builds visibility, credibility and drives business to you…and that’s the way it should be.

    However, you have always gone above and beyond…you are genuine, generous, and — dare I say it — you are great! This award is well deserved by you (and Diane). Enjoy the kudos!

    I’ll never forget the first time we met at the CMA conference and you found out what a “huggy” bunch of people are in this industry. Wow, you were so taken aback — shell shocked might describe it! I think we’ve cured you of your reticence and If I was able to give you a big hug right now, you know I would! I’m that happy for you =)

  4. Hey, Jason,

    How wonderful! I am so happy for you!!!
    You certainly earned it; you’re a pro at helping/mentoring others. You have a heart of giving, and we are blessed because of it.

    God bless and Cheers!

    ~Kathy Bitschenauer

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