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How to Deal with the Unexpected Loss of a Mentor

How to Deal with the Unexpected Loss of a Mentor

My first mentor died, and I didn’t know it.

Carol Bivins Gouzie was a force of nature. Smart as a whip and fiercely creative, she was a gifted writer who parlayed her skills into a successful corporate communications career. I met her in December 1988 when she served as the Vice President of Communications for Days Inns of America. On the hunt for my first corporate job, I landed an informational interview with Carol. We talked about great deli food, with me being the daughter of a delicatessen owner, and she a native of New Jersey. My thank you note included a loaf of good rye bread. When an entry level opening manifested in her department a month later, I got the job.

— Published on August 11, 2019

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