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|Session Name:||Breaking Down Barriers: How Great Mentors Become Even Greater Leaders|
|Company Name(s):||Ubisoft Toronto|
|Track / Format:||Advocacy|
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|Overview:||The benefits of mentorship are clear for mentees: It provides them with support in navigating what can be a strange new industry, opens doors to opportunities, and provides a critical avenue for people to safely stay and grow in this industry. This is especially true when it comes to supporting developers from underrepresented groups. However, mentorship doesn't only benefit the mentees. Mentorship has the potential to improve leadership and management skills and allows developers to cultivate more inclusive cultures that can sustain diverse teams. In this talk, Andy Schmoll, Expert AI Designer at Ubisoft Toronto, covers what it meansand doesn't meanto be a mentor. They will build on how mentorship can hone your existing skills, broaden your horizons, and help you become a better ally in the process.|