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This week we talked with UCSF Technology Leadership Development Program (Tech LDP) co-chairs Armanda Edwards-Newman and Christina Bronsky about why mentoring matters. Plus, find a variety of LinkedIn Learning mentorship resources, join Thursday’s UCSF Staff Engagement Town Hall at noon, and see this week’s Hot Jobs. 

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June 28. 2023


Mentoring Matters - Armanda and Christina 


In 2015 UCSF Information Technology (IT) created the Technology Leadership Development Program (Tech LDP), a yearlong program that combines classroom learning with a one-to-one mentoring relationship aimed at fostering collaboration across IT areas, tying their work to UCSF’s mission, supporting high performers, and nurturing future leaders. It has been evolving ever since. “Before I was mentored, UCSF was just my job,” says program leader and Associate Director of Content Management and Communications Erik Wieland. “Mentoring helped me understand my role, how it fit into the mission, and what I could do to own my UCSF career. Becoming a mentor helped me connect at UCSF, share my experiences, and help others build their own careers. Of all the titles I've had at UCSF, mentor is by far my favorite.” We talked with Tech LDP co-chairs Technical Project Manager Armanda Edwards-Newman and Manager in Clinical Services Christina Bronsky about their mentoring journey and why mentorship matters.


Armanda’s Mentoring Journey 

I started getting involved in Tech LDP as a mentee in the second cohort. I served as a committee member advocate for other mentees. I’ve also been a mentor for three years. Initially, I was uncertain about becoming a mentor because I’ve never been one before, but Erik encouraged me to sign up. I didn’t realize how much knowledge and experience I had to share until I became a mentor. I have worked in this field for more than 25 years, yet I didn’t understand my value – not just in work experience, but in life experience. 


Mentorship is about becoming increasingly better as an employee, a co-worker and a leader. One of the most important things I can offer is the space to listen. One simple first step would be to take a leap. No matter where you are in your career, you can grow your human side. When do you stop being you? Never!

Christina’s Mentoring Journey

I participated in a leadership development program in Clinical Systems. I had a lot of ideas and it was recommended that I join the Tech LDP to share knowledge across both programs. There was a desire to grow leaders in all technology areas, not just our own, so we expanded the scope of the Tech LDP to incorporate other areas. After a while on the committee, Erik gave me an opportunity to serve as co-chair. 


I had worked in tech across a lot of healthcare organizations. There were not a lot of women in those spaces, and if there were women, they were not in respected leadership positions. When I started at UCSF, there were a lot of highly regarded female leaders and I wanted to l learn from them. I started talking to them in a very informal capacity. I didn't even know what I was doing, I just asked questions – how did you get where you got? What should someone in my position know? It was fantastic for my career and my personal growth. And, I know it sounds cliche, but I want to pay it forward. Mentorship takes many forms. It doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment. Ask someone you admire for a little bit of their time; they are usually more than happy to give it.


Armanda – My oatmeal cranberry white chocolate chip cookies with brown butter (see recipe

Christina – Peanut butter cookies 

Why Mentoring Matters

Mentoring in IT has been shown to:

  • Promote career development and satisfaction
  • Improve the success of women and underrepresented minorities in IT careers 
  • Enhance staff productivity
  • Increase interest in IT careers 
  • Predict promotion (career advancement) in IT 
  • Improve self-efficacy in professional development  
  • Lead to less work-family conflict


From the Tech LDP mentoring toolkit, adapted from Administrative Management Professionals Mentoring and Faculty Mentoring Programs



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