SHRM EP Mentorship Program Success Story

Posted on Feb. 11, 2020  /  Emerging Professionals  /   0

The SHRM Emerging Professionals (EP) 2019 Cohort 3 Mentorship Program was a success!  We were blessed with an amazing group of 12 HR mentor and mentee pairs who bonded and learned from one another these past 6-months.  This month we feature the pairing of mentor Malia De Leon, Director of Human Resources at AEG Management HCC, LLC, and mentee Xylia Lydgate, HR and Recruiting Specialist at Staffing Solutions of Hawaii.  Here is what they had to say about their experience in the Mentorship Program together.

Xylia Lydgate (mentee)

“I am grateful for being mentored by Malia!  I am encouraged by the career path she built from California to Hawaii.  She has a solid HR foundation and is an expert at best practices.  My highlights of our time together include meeting the senior leaders at the Hawaiian Convention, touring their corporate offices and back house operations, our monthly lunch dates, and attending the SHRM Hawaii TH!NK breakfast session together. The program facilitation’s helped us to stay accountable with meeting frequently.  The mentorship program is a great first step towards building a long-term connection with an HR Professionals.”


Malia De Deon (mentor)

“Being paired with Xylia was such an amazing experience.  I initially became interested in the program because I had a great mentor when I was early in my HR career.  Little did I know that I was going to learn from Xylia as well.  I was able to share my experience in certification and career management with her.  I invited her to the Hawaii Convention Center to see our office, meet our General Management (my boss), and to witness our operations.On the other hand, Xylia kept me on my toes with her inquisitiveness and desire to learn more.  The program kept us in touch regularly, however my favorite meet up was at an educational event that Xylia spoke at regarding Conflict in the Workplace.  I am grateful to the program as it provided an opportunity to learn from each other and foster a positive relationship with another HR Professional.”

As their facilitator for the program, it was so inspiring to hear about their goals and activities they strived for each month and how they went about educating each other versus just a mentor to mentee focus.  Malia’s and Xylia’s stories are great examples of the learning opportunities the SHRM EP Mentorship Program can provide.  If you’re interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, more information with be coming your way as we prepare to kick-off the next cohort in July 2020.


Tyler Navarro
The Queen’s Health System


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