Colleen O’Donnell Fedor is executive director of The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania (TMP), where she works to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring available to youth in our region. Colleen and her mentee, Patience, with whom she was matched through the Be A Middle School Mentor program, enjoy shopping, eating and laughing together. A native Pittsburgher and the oldest of six children, Colleen and her husband Michael have three adult children.
Monday, October 5
Kicking off the week with film interviews for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership’s 25th Anniversary. We’re so proud to be featured with Mt. Ararat Community Activity Center as they present their mentoring initiatives. I’m also excited and grateful that Chip Burke of The Grable Foundation will participate in the interviews – he’s been a personal and professional mentor of mine since I joined TMP and is a great ambassador for mentoring locally and nationally!
After filming, I’ll head into the office for a logistics meeting for our big Magic of Mentoring (MoM) event which is happening next Wednesday the 14th. The Magic of Mentoring is our biennial fundraiser, but it’s more than that . . . it’s a fun evening where we gather 1,200+ of the city’s best to celebrate all things mentoring. Because it is our 20th anniversary, this is our biggest MoM yet. We’re honoring amazing community leaders, including our founding co-chairmen Ambassador Dan Rooney and George L. Miles, Jr., who have been instrumental in establishing TMP and helping us grow.
This evening, I’ll work out with my husband and walk my gigantic Great Dane-Sheep Dog mix, Lilly. Not sure who walks whom, but we both love/need our evening walks!
Tuesday, October 6
Today I have an early meeting at the Mayor’s office with LaTrenda Sherrill and Patrick Dowd. We’ll explore ways we can enlist crossing guards as Everyday Mentors. Everyday Mentors is our newest initiative, helping adults to see themselves as mentors to children who they already have a relationship with.
I’ll spend the afternoon with our staff and MoM Auction Chair, Christina O’Toole. We’ll see how creative we can be as we package all of the wonderful items that have been graciously donated for our event.
The last meeting of the day is the Board meeting for WISE – Women in Sports and Entertainment. We’ll discuss adding student memberships that will incorporate mentoring.
Wednesday, October 7
Happy Hump Day! Today is a big day for us as we welcome new Board Member, Travis Wright of Deloitte. His fellow board members Carlo Morgano, Courtney Murray, Chauncey Smith and Anna Hollis will lead this orientation.
I’ll meet with our Director of Marketing and Communications to begin work on National Mentoring Month – which is in January.
Then, off to Studio West to let Susie Gamble and her group do their best J, before ending the day at my favorite Zumba class with Jen Antkowiak.
Thursday, October 8
It’s easy to rise and shine when I know I’m having coffee with Megs Yunn of Beverly’s Birthdays at the Square Café. I’m eager to catch up on their great work to ensure that all children have the chance to celebrate their special day.
I’ll head back to the office to test a new mobile giving platform we’re using to launch our Seed Legacy Fund at MoM. We’ll be encouraging attendees to give $20 for 20 years . . . using their smartphones. Next, I’ll meet with my team to discuss plans for the National Mentoring Summit. We’re excited to be partnering with The Fred Rogers Company to present a workshop on Natural Mentoring and the Collaboration Between Research and Digital Media. Paul Siefken, of The Fred Rogers Company, will co-present and share how their award-winning show, Peg+Cat, promotes positive mentoring interactions through its main characters.
Then it’s off to Heinz Field. Our amazing videographer/photographer Renee Rosensteel and the Heinz Field staff will preview the A/V for the big day. I can’t say enough good things about Renee, Cayce Little Pastoor and her team.
I’m looking forward to an informative afternoon at the RAND Pittsburgh event, Conversation about Education Standards and Testing.
I’ll end the day with another Lilly walk . . . or waste time on Facebook and playing Candy Crush (honestly!).
Friday, October 9
Today we will finalize outstanding logistics. Our team will be reaching out to the 150+ mentoring providers we work with. Many have signed on as MoM Program Partners and are using the messaging toolkit to help spread the word about mentoring and the event. What a great group, who collectively serve more than 20,000 kids in our community!
My brothers and sisters and all of our kids are spending the evening at the Haunted Hills Hayride. We’ll have a private campfire (with refreshments!) and lots of fun with this big, rowdy group. Praying for cool, dry weather!
Saturday, October 10
I will spend the morning in true Pittsburgh fashion, I’ll be “redding up” and wishing I had someone else to do that for me. The afternoon will be spent with the Board of Directors of the Women and Girls Foundation. Looking forward to joining them at their board retreat and discussing the opportunities to engage in fundraising at the board level.
Tonight I will head down to Duke’s in Homestead . . . one of my favorite local places. I’m excited to see the progress on the Wine Bar.
Sunday, October 11
For me, Sunday means church, a little shopping and family dinner.