Established in 2001, the HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington honor HR executives for outstanding contributions to their organizations and to the field of human resource management through organizational leadership, risk-taking, innovation, vision, mentoring, community service, and ethics.
The Mentoring Award honors an individual who demonstrates leadership, dedication, and support to the professional growth and development of others.
WINNER: Miguel Joey Aviles, Program Manager, Department of Defense/DCPAS
Miguel Joey Aviles had to face many challenges early in his life and mentors played a vital role in his development. Those obstacles sparked his passion for mentoring. Today he successfully manages a Department of Defense worldwide mentoring resource tool as well as a national program, the Senior Executive Association (SEA) & Young Government Leaders (YGL) Mentoring Program serving senior executives and emerging leaders from various federal agencies around the United States.
The SEA & YGL Mentoring Program is a blend of formal and informal mentoring that provides a low cost strategy to develop emerging leaders in the federal government by connecting successful senior executives at the pinnacle of their careers with high potential emerging leaders. The program combines the connection with networking events, learning and development initiatives and a community of practice providing the right tools to nurture business connections and turn them into successful mentoring relationships. Miguel participated as a mentee during the pilot program and upon completion was selected as the first YGL Chief Learning Officer. His first initiative was managing the Mentoring Program which he grew from 25 mentee applications to 150 spanning 33 federal agencies and resulting in 64 mentees in the program. Miguel developed a comprehensive process to match the mentees with senior executive mentors. Miguel managed a team coordinating special events for the mentees to attend as well as developed an online community of practice to allow participants to interact, share resources, questions and best practices.
Miguel represents the Department at the Office of Personnel Management government wide mentoring group which is developing a strategy to promote a culture of mentoring. Miguel is leading the process for developing a DoD-wide mentoring resource tool with the goal of promoting and nurturing a mentoring culture and provide all DoD agencies and components access to an online mentoring one-stop-shop consisting of a mentoring toolkit, training resources, a mentoring library, and a space for mentoring best practices. The DoD-wide Mentoring Resource Tool will equip HR managers with the right tools to implement effective mentoring programs around the globe.
See Miguel's acceptance speech: https://youtu.be/9Vil17SiQTU
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