A Quantitative Look at Formal Mentoring and African American Female Career Growth in Corporate America

A Quantitative Look at Formal Mentoring and African American Female Career Growth in Corporate America

Author: 
Yolanda Stover
Program of study: 
D.M.
Abstract: 
Formal mentoring programs have become strategies organizations employ to decrease some of the barriers women encounter in male-dominated environments. The purpose of the current quantitative study with a descriptive correlational design was to determine the extent and influences of formal mentoring on African American career growth in corporate America. Data were collected from 286 African American females working in varying organizations within corporate America. The multi-item web based survey used to collect the data was comprised of 21 closed ended questions. The findings of this quantitative research indicate that there is a significant relationship between formal mentoring and African American female career growth in corporate America, r = .856, N = 286, p < .001, two-tails. The coefficient of determination (r2) = .732, which indicated that 73.2% of the variance in African American female career growth in corporate America could be explained by formal mentoring programs. Therefore, the results offered evidence to reject the null hypotheses. The results of this study add to the body of knowledge on leadership. The current findings can be used to enhance our understanding of African American females in organizations, as well as, the role formal mentoring programs could play in the development of organizational leaders.
Dedication: 
I dedicate this dissertation to my daughters, Caitlin Michelle and Madison Nicole. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. You inspire me to excel and be the best me every day. I hope that my journey inspires you to seize the opportunities that await you. I also dedicate this dissertation to my husband Michael, whose love, strength, and support helped me fulfil my dream and complete my educational journey. Throughout this process, as in all other facets of my life, you loved, nurtured, protected and motivated me. Your unyielding faith in me served as the energy I required to achieve my dream. Finally, I dedicate this dissertation to my parents, Henry and Eartha Middleton. Your faith in God coupled with unconditional love and strength allowed you to instill in me strong values and the desire to excel. Thank you for teaching me that I could accomplish anything I attempted through faith, hard work and dedication.
Acknowledgements: 
First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge and thank God for being the source of my strength and wisdom each day. A journey of this magnitude requires the love, support and encouragement of many family members, friends and mentors. I want to thank my family, especially my brother, Dr. Gregory L. Middleton, for continued support and encouragement throughout my doctoral journey. This amazing journey has been filled with unbelievable challenges and rewards. My sincere appreciation goes out to my mentor, Dr. Johnnie McKinley, for her patience and influence that directed my path through this project. I am forever grateful to her for giving me the guidance and counsel required to progress through times of frustration and fatigue. I would also like to acknowledge and express sincere appreciation to my committee members, Dr. Susan Orshan and Dr. Jelena Vucetic. Your collective wisdom, support and continuous encouragement throughout this doctoral journey were instrumental in my success.