Our mission, as a global leader in strategic mentoring initiatives, is to unlock the potential in individuals and help organizations transform the workplace. The partnership between Mentor Leadership Team (MLT) and our sponsor, Uncommon Individual Foundation (UIF), gives us a combined 36 years of working with clients world wide to craft vendor-neutral, innovative approaches to mentoring that are created by key thought leaders in the industry and customized to propel their organizations toward their goals.
The dream that would lead to the founding of MLT in 2010 came from Dr. Liz Selzer’s passion for mentoring and leadership development. Although at the time she was already using her expertise in these areas through several organizations, Dr. Selzer dreamed there might be a way that she could help even more organizations.
Then, when she met Dr. Richard Caruso she was challenged to think outside the box to envision ways to approach a new endeavor. Dr. Caruso’s extensive experience and true passion for mentoring was evident as he spoke of his numerous entrepreneurial endeavors and how many of them had used mentoring in their very foundation. In fact, Dr. Caruso along with his colleague and friend Dr. John Crosby, had successfully leveraged this passion for the power of mentoring into the creation of a non-profit organization called the Uncommon Individual Foundation (UIF) in 1986 to empower people to become the entrepreneurs of the enterprise of their own lives.
That first meeting sparked an immediate, synergistic relationship between Dr. Selzer and Dr. Caruso. A relationship based on mutual respect, the desire to help individuals understand their uniqueness and significance, and the belief that mentoring promotes critical learning.
Not long after meeting Dr. Caruso, Dr. Selzer was inspired to launch her own company focused on promoting dynamic mentoring cultures including encouragement for leadership development, which she called Mentor Leadership Team (MLT). Driven by the idea that this type of learning inspires personal and professional growth, Dr. Selzer with MLT and Dr. Caruso with UIF were each working to help individuals and organizations capitalize on their experiences and skills, to take hold of all the learning opportunities and resources surrounding them, and to make significant contributions to their communities and their world.
Now, ten years after that first meeting between Dr. Selzer and Dr. Caruso, UIF and MLT are combining their efforts in a powerful synergy. Led by Dr. Caruso and his deep desire to discover the most impactful way to leave a lasting, transformational legacy, UIF recognized the extraordinary potential in bringing together these two organizations to work together to effect real change in individuals and in organizations. With a common vision and the incredible breadth of knowledge and experience in the mentoring arena held by the visionaries behind UIF and MLT, the blending of the two is an extraordinary opportunity to supercharge mentoring efforts nationally and globally. The future is bright as we move forward together to impact people’s lives in a positive, transformative way.