and Launch Mentor Matching Application

Hundreds of Professionals Respond to Call for Mentors of Diverse Professionals

Jun 22, 2010, 10:11 ET from Professional Diversity Network

CHICAGO, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- When and, the premier online networking communities for Black and Hispanic professionals, put out a call for mentors, the response was dramatic: Hundreds of senior professionals were interested in sharing their expertise with network members needing guidance or help in polishing their career skills. and are affiliates of the Professional Diversity Network (PDN) and recently reached the three quarters of a million member mark. PDN was founded by Jim Kirsch and Rudy Martinez, Chicago based social entrepreneurs who care deeply about equal opportunity and economic empowerment.

"Wall Street may be seeing the return of profit and bonuses in the New Year, but as millions of Americans continue to lose their jobs, their businesses and their homes, Black and Hispanic professionals continue to be disproportionately unemployed and underemployed and need access to new opportunities and jobs," said Kevin W. McFall, Chief Community Officer of "If you have ever had someone to show you the ropes at a new job, or help open up a door to an opportunity, you know what a difference it makes having someone in your corner," said McFall.

Why Mentor?

A protege might learn how to manage his work load or how to negotiate a deal. But there are many benefits for the mentor as well, who might sharpen her own coaching and leadership skills and enjoy the satisfaction of watching proteges achieve their goals. On a larger scale, mentoring helps build a community where many more will thrive.

Professional Diversity Network's Mentor Matching features include:

  • Matching by industry and geographic location
  • Meeting schedule application
  • Keywords for searching desired categories

The rich culture and level of professional networking on and are hard to match on "one size fits all" Web sites. Community members are inclined to mentor or open a door, make an introduction, or watch for a job posting within their company for a trusted colleague. A comprehensive Web platform enables the company to build customized "micro-sites" free of charge for large and prestigious professional organizations, exponentially increasing the pool of available mentors and industry-specific experts.

Coming soon are video resumes, live video job interviews, and a host of other engaging features. For additional information on becoming a mentor or mentee, go to or

SOURCE Professional Diversity Network