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Elizabeth Line is the very definition of a mentor, and has been for her 11 years at Conde Nast. Outside her various partnerships with HR in broader organizational mentorship programs, including the Digital Learning Conference and Bring Your Kids to Work Day, Line has had a profound impact on those she works directly with.
For example, in 2015, the 23 Stories audience development lead, whom Line had groomed in the role, decided to resign. When she did so, Line decided not to counter. The audience development manager had said that she was offered her dream job, and felt she couldn’t turn this down. Line said that she wouldn’t stand in the way of someone’s dream job, and felt her role was as much setting someone up for an opportunity like this, as it was to retain them.
After a weekend of deliberation, the audience manager came into the office and said that she was so blown away by Line’s response, that she was reconsidering the offer. Her direct comment was “it’s because of Liz, her leadership and her genuine authenticity in how she deals with people, that has made me re-think what my dream job really is. I think I’ve learned so much from Liz, and have so much more to learn, I’d like to withdraw my resignation and stay at Conde Nast.” Line understands the importance of mentorship, and actively mentors on a daily basis.