Mentorship Program Highlight - Meet Kathy and Melina
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
The 2018-2019 Women in Parking Mentorship Program is off and running! Over 50 men and women are participating this year with a waitlist already started for a potential half year program, pending enough interest.
Meet Kathy and Melina
Mentee: Melina Morokhovich
Company: T2 Systems
Title/ Position: Territory Manager, Permits and Enforcement
Length in Industry: 3 Years
WIP Member Since: 1 Year
Why did you apply to the membership program: I wasn’t sure what to expect when I applied to the program last year, but I thought that it would be a great way to meet new people that are successful in their careers, and gain insight into an industry that I didn’t know a lot about.
What do you hope to gain from your partnership in the mentor program? The WIP Mentor Program is an amazing opportunity to speak to others that have years of experience in parking and have valuable words of wisdom to share. I was specifically hoping to get advice on how to further my career in the industry in general, through education and volunteer work on committees, boards, etc. I was also hoping to learn tricks and tips on how to balance a demanding work schedule with a demanding life, whether that be through calendar management, tasks and/or just plain organization.
How do you plan your mentorship (agenda, face-to-face, same time every week, etc.): Early on, Kathy and I decided that meeting for 30 minutes every two weeks would work best for our schedules. Unfortunately, we have to meet remotely as we don’t live in the same country, let alone same city. However, we did get to meet each other in person at the Women In Parking event last year during the NPA conference, which was awesome! We both bring items to discuss, and more often than not, those topics will lead us to new discussion topics. It’s very natural and always interesting!
What do you like working best about working in the Parking Industry? The Parking Industry is never boring!
What is one thing you have now in the industry that you didn’t have “back then”? I have a better understanding of parking operations in general and the behind-the-scene motivators that drive their operational goals. I also now have the confidence to admit when I don’t understand something.
Mentor: Kathy Phillips
Company: Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.
Title/Position – Sr. Vice President – Broker
Length in Industry: 40 years
WIP Member Since: Beginning of WIP
Why did you apply to the membership program: As a mentor, I was hoping to give back to the industry. Looking back, when I first started my career, I was lucky enough to have had a mentor. She really empowered me in my own industry and taught me how to find answers as opposed to giving me the answers. She showed me how to find resources that would answer my questions. I wanted to play it forward. Mentoring seemed to be a great way to do so.
What do you hope to gain from your partnership in the mentor program? No matter who you are talking to you can always learn something so I felt I would gain as much knowledge from someone in the industry as much as I had to give. I found this true with my conversations with Melina.
How do you plan your mentorship (agenda, face-to-face, same time every week, etc): Given we were both in sales and our calendars can change at a moment’s notice, we elected to set up a call twice a month on Friday’s at a present time, but we both knew ahead of time we might have to move the call or skip one occasionally due to scheduling conflicts, holidays and/or vacations. Melina is in Canada and I am in California, so our paths don’t really cross, however, we were both lucky enough to have met at the 2018 NPA Convention. It is always nice to put a face with a name.
What do you like working best about working in the Parking Industry? The Parking Industry never stays the same. The dynamics and changes in the industry continue to change which creates new opportunities and challenges to find solutions. It is never boring.
What is one thing you have now in the industry that you didn’t have “back then”? I now have a network of people throughout the industry. No one person knows everything but having contacts in the industry to help discuss new opportunities and challenges makes it all worthwhile.