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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Oct. 22, 2021

Vice Adm. Manson Brown to speak at U.S. Coast Guard National Mentoring Day Oct 27

By Janki Patel, MyCG Writer

Respected leader, retired Coast Guard Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown will deliver the keynote address at the Coast Guard’s celebration of National Mentoring Day Wednesday, Oct. 27, and you’re invited to be part of this informative session focusing on how mentoring can improve every Coast Guard community members’ professional and leadership development. More than 1,300 Coast Guard members have registered for the Mentoring Program since the program launched in April. 

National Mentoring Day aims to inform and inspire the U.S. Coast Guard workforce to enroll in the Mentoring Program as mentees or mentors. During the event, we will celebrate mentors and mentees and explore the ways a mentoring opportunity might benefit your life and career.  

The program will be announcing an even easier way to use the platform as well as the new Commanders Deckplate Mentoring Program toolkit. The toolkit will give unit leaders the information they need to educate their personnel about the program and how it can help them meet their professional and personal goals. The toolkit will be available on the Office of Leadership’s website and portal page.

Date and Time: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, from 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET

Virtual link:

 Meeting ID: 160 3563 8599

Tune in to listen to Brown, Vice Commandant Linda Fagan, Rear Adm. Eric Jones, Director Civilian Human Resources/Diversity & Inclusion and Senior Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion Ms. Michelle Godfrey and several Mentoring Program mentees and mentor share how mentoring has benefitted them. 

The Coast Guard launched the new Coast Guard Mentoring Program to offer expanded leadership opportunities and connection for our active duty, reserve, and civilian workforce. 

The program goes beyond traditional mentoring and offers four types of mentoring “tracks” or connections tailored specifically to individual needs and scheduling preferences. It's powered by software that can automatically match thousands of mentors and mentees simultaneously based on their professional interests and backgrounds. Additionally, it's free and accessible through any web-based or mobile platform, which makes it easy for people to engage with the program and their mentor/mentee.

Every member at every level of the workforce has the skills and experience to contribute to our service culture to effect a positive change in someone. It’s never too late to enroll.