Mentor Spotlight: Stephanie Kuhn

Today we're talking to Stephanie Kuhn, currently in Business Development at GreenPages Technology Solutions in Kittery, Maine.

Stephanie’s deep passion for personal connections drives the work she does. She started in the nonprofit space while attending UNH for the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, and worked for Diageo as her first job.

Fun fact: You’ll often find her treasure hunting at thrift stores.

We chatted with Stephanie to discuss her experience with mentoring and how she approaches being a mentor.

Read the full spotlight below to learn more about Stephanie, her professional journey and why she Is excited to be part of our mentoring program!

Could you tell us a little about your career path and what brought you to your current work?

My career began when I started selling spirits part-time in my early 20’s. I had no idea what I wanted to do, so it was additional income and a chance to learn new skills - selling products and maintaining relationships. Gradually, I found myself selling spirits across New Hampshire and managing accounts in a full-time role. I loved the thrill and independence of sales, so I knew I wanted to pursue this avenue.

When I was looking to work in a new role and industry, I ran into fellow UNH grads at networking events in the seacoast. I found out about my current company at those events, GreenPages Technology Solutions, and landed my perfect role as a Business Development Representative. I recently celebrated one year here and I love that we never stop learning. I didn’t imagine myself in the tech world (ever), but I’m lucky to work in an industry that’s fast-paced, exciting and ever-evolving.

So how did you get into mentoring? How would you describe your approach, and what you try to achieve when working with mentees?

I got into mentoring when I got involved with the Connect Program at UNH. It was an opportunity to pass on the information I learned during my time there to incoming freshmen. Helping them was incredibly rewarding, so being involved in this type of program is fantastic.

My approach is being involved at the level the mentee is comfortable with. At UNH, some of my mentees were happy with fewer check-ins, while others I saw weekly and communicated with frequently. I asked what they were curious about and what they needed help with, while peppering in information about my experience and what insight I thought might be helpful. I’ve found applying these principles seems to work well, because they get value from our time and I get to see them learn and succeed, which is what makes my heart grow three sizes.

My favorite thing to do is connect these early dots for students and help them navigate a path to their end-goal. Being young career-wise, it’s great to have a mentee because you understand professional environments and you’ve experienced what they’re experiencing like, two seconds ago. It definitely feels good to help someone else out from your experience.

What’s the biggest buzz you’ve got during your time mentoring? 

From my prior mentees, it’s been amazing seeing what they achieve in their professional lives. It’s strange when you realize that they, too, become adults and go on to do great things. In the current program, I get to apply what I’ve learned in my career and provide insight for today’s work culture and opportunities. Plus, I get to learn from someone with a completely different experience and background, so I’ve learned more than I could have ever anticipated!

What would you say that you get from mentoring, both personally and professionally?

Personally, I get to have the reward of helping someone else get closer to their goal. It’s the best feeling in the world. Professionally,