Celebrating Our Newest Board Members: Morgan Slade and May Malik
MENTOR New York welcomes Morgan Slade and May Malik to its Board of Directors! As the newest board members, Slade and Malik have strong personal connections to mentoring and MENTOR New York.
Morgan Slade is the Director of Product Marketing and Brand at Reonomy and a longtime supporter of mentoring.
“I feel fortunate to have benefitted from the advice and partnership of many mentors throughout my professional and academic careers and can attribute many of my successes to their guidance. Having involvement with MENTOR New York has provided me with a newfound appreciation for the mentors in my life and has solidified the importance of seeking out mentees, both formally and informally.”
Morgan’s Journey onto the Board
I was first introduced to MENTOR New York in 2016 by a former colleague and friend, who served on the Young Professionals Advisory Board (YPAB) for a number of years. The energy from Jean Lahage Cohen [former Executive Director of MENTOR NY] and team was infectious, and I knew I had landed somewhere special, where I could continue to grow my affiliation with the organization.
From there, I transitioned into the role of Co-Chair of the YPAB and have led the group for the past four years. As Co-Chair, I had the opportunity to lead the team through numerous Mentoring’s Night Out events, both in-person and virtual, and have had the opportunity to volunteer with several mentorship programs.
MENTOR New York has become a large part of my identity and I look forward to strengthening my partnership with the organization as I transition to the Board of Directors.
“Witnessing mentorship first-hand, including the strong relationships between mentors and their mentees, is a big driver in my investment in helping to grow the NY Mentoring Movement. The MENTOR New York staff also does a wonderful job of showing the impact of our development efforts and has an incredible vision for amplifying the impact of the organization to serve more youth across the state."
May Malik is the Deputy Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and has helped influence systems that make mentoring possible through NYC.
“I have an academic and professional background in education and have developed and implemented a number of programs and initiatives that brought together career and academic volunteer mentors with NYC public high school students. I believe in the idea that you can’t be what you haven’t seen.”
May’s Journey onto the Board
I had the privilege of getting to know MENTOR NY’s CEO Brenda Jimenez through my work on Mayor de Blasio’s Youth Mentoring Initiative, which aimed to increase the number of adult mentors for high school students over a period of time by a measurable amount, which brought crucial capacity-building resources and trainings to NYC-based, community-based organizations that deliver youth mentoring services.
“I have experienced and witnessed the change that occurs when a young person is provided access to a mentor. I credit all my personal and professional success to those who have mentored me along the way, and feel a sense of duty to pay it forward.”
Learn more about MENTOR New York’s Board of Directors on the website.
Do you want to deepen your investment in mentoring?
Visit our Mentor of the Year Awards page and see what you can do to support the Mentoring Movement in New York State.