Trina Gizel

Despite a 25+ year career in technology, Trina describes herself as a people leader first and foremost.  She has held IT leadership positions in manufacturing, software and distribution with global organizations, managing technology teams of 10-200 after many years managing her own consulting firm.  She embraces what technology can do strategically for a business and continues to be an energetic change agent to corporate America.

Having 3 grown children and a new grandchild, Trina lives outside Chicago with her husband and 2 dogs.  She enjoys cooking, gardening and entertaining friends and family whenever possible.  Trina has travelled extensively for work and pleasure, most recently a 2-week safari in Botswana and enjoys learning about different cultures and people. 

My Thoughts on Mentoring

Mentoring, both as a mentor and protégé, has been pivotal to my career and success. I have been fortunate to work for organizations that had formal mentorship programs and I benefited tremendously, both personally and professionally.
Years after the fact, I continue to re-tell lessons and stories that I learned from my mentors to proteges of mine. Many of these insights seemed smaller and more nuanced than I expected at the time. Examples include navigating complex presentations, when to NOT invite your boss to a meeting, how to handle low performing peers – powerful advice that I have successfully used ever since.

While there’s many technology project successes in my career, what feeds my soul is coaching and mentoring my teams – developing people and their skills and seeing them grow into leaders themselves. Many times, this is organic and happens through the natural course of work and professional relationships. However, there’s limits to the scale and scope of my impact and circle of proteges.

What Discover a Mentor brings to the table is the ability to seek out mentors that align with your goals and personality, from anywhere in the world! We all need mentors in life and my involvement in Discover a Mentor reflects my dedication to providing that to many more people that strive to better themselves.

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