Giving Back as a Mentor

Kay Lavsi, a Senior Manager in the Sanofi US Market Access group, knows first-hand how instrumental a mentor can be. Now she’s a mentor herself.

I am a Sanofi employee today because of the wise counsel of a mentor early in my career. With a degree in sociology, I jumped from a temporary job, to teaching, then to finance, and then to my current role with US Market Access at Sanofi. I never would have made these moves if it weren’t for the coaching (and coaxing) of my manager at the temporary position, who told me a college major doesn’t necessarily determine your career.

That’s why I’m excited to be a mentor for a new collaboration between Sanofi and Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in New Jersey. It’s an opportunity to help someone like myself who wasn’t 100 percent sure of her best path forward.

Through the Sanofi Corporate Mentor Program, I am paired with Viridiana (Viri) Martinez, who plans to attend a four-year college after completing her associate’s degree in Liberal Arts at RVCC. I’ve been helping her prepare for college interviews, develop her resume and apply for financial aid. My work background has helped me keep her focused on the “must-haves” throughout the process.

While Viri values my advice, she always puts her own spin on things. That’s how it should be. I’ve come to realize that we can leverage our different viewpoints to become stronger as a team.

Mentoring has been a learning experience for me as well. I am gaining the skills to one day reach one of my career goals: to become a people manager. Most importantly, I’ve built a friendship that will last.