Holston Named Mentor of the Year

Posted by Paula Paine on February 2, 2014 in Arizona, Community, Faculty/Staff, "School of Business", "Your OU"

Associate Professor of Business Dr. Kayong Holston was presented the Mentor of the Year award for 2013 by the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), whose mission is, in part, to cultivate and empower leaders for professional excellence, connect accomplished professionals for mutual success, and inspire leaders to make a meaningful difference in government, education, business, and society.

According to the NAAA website (click here), Holston’s mentee, Fei Zhong, came toHolston Award photo the United States three years ago to pursue her master’s degree. Afterwards, she wasn’t sure whether she wanted to settle down in Arizona and needed guidance from someone who was experienced professionally and personally. NAAA paired her with Holston through the organization’s Mentor Program. Now Zhong has been working for an IT company for six months and is about to start a family. She expressed her gratitude for the guidance she received from Holston during the award presentation.

“Over the last several months, Dr. Holston has been a friend, a teacher and surrogate family,” said Zhong. “She supported me while I was going through a not-so-easy life transition period. She listens to me and guides me to the right path for my career and personal development. She also gives practical suggestions when it comes to finding solutions to solve my problems. Her professional and personal experiences enabled her to act as a great resource for me. I am very grateful that she is always able to see where I needed improvement.”

The NAAAP mentor program recognizes the value of the insight that experienced professionals have to offer young professionals in the early stages of their careers.

Holston has a great deal of experience in leadership positions. She was a manager and director as a government employee in the community services and career development fields for 17 years. She also created leadership training instruction as a way to help employees improve their performance. She has served on a variety of committees, boards and councils. She gives regular speeches to local businesses, as well.

Holston has a doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Nova Southeastern University. She teaches graduate and undergraduate business courses at Ottawa University and also creates course curriculum.