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Spotlight on Career Achievement

Posted: Aug. 3, 2016

Dr. Deanna Sharpe, Associate Professor in the Department of Personal Financial Planning, received the 2016 Honor a Mentor award from the American Council on Consumer Interests.

Dr. Sharpe says, "I learned that some of my doctoral graduates, now into their professional careers, had nominated me. The award presentation was made by one of the nominators and it was touching and heartfelt. I have always said my best teaching award is my students’ success in life and work. It was humbling, energizing, and gratifying to discover that I was a mentor to them not only in what I teach, but in the ways I teach and how I care about my students."

The Honor a Mentor award achieves two important goals for the American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI). First, it provides a way for ACCI members to honor someone that has, to quote the nomination form, “made a positive influence on your professional development, or who facilitated the achievement of your career or educational goals.” Second, the financial contribution nominators submit with the nomination is used to fund Annual Conference travel and registration scholarships for students and young professionals. So, the award nicely combines "repay" and "pay forward" – in honoring someone that mentored you, you are also helping support the professional development of those you now mentor directly or indirectly through your work in the organization and profession.

Deanna Sharpe

Dr. Deanna Sharpe
Associate Professor
Personal Financial Planning