SOURCE: Everwise


May 09, 2013 08:00 ET

Everwise Uses Workforce Science to Accelerate Careers

Matches Top Performers With High-Impact Mentors

NEW YORK, NY and SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - May 9, 2013) - Everwise, a company that uses workforce science to reinvent the way organizations develop their people, launched today. Through a data-driven matching process, Everwise connects professionals with mentors who can help them succeed at every stage of their career.

Everwise was co-founded by Silicon Valley veteran Maynard Webb, former COO of eBay and board member at LiveOps, and Yahoo!. Mike Bergelson, Everwise co-founder and CEO, also started and led enterprise software company Audium through its acquisition by Cisco in 2006.

"A large body of research demonstrates that mentoring results in greater salary growth, faster promotions, higher employee engagement and lower attrition," said Webb, New York Times best-selling author of Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship. "But mentoring as we know it is outdated. Everwise approaches mentoring in a modern way that appeals to today's workforce and allows it to reach its full potential."

The Everwise platform analyzes a participant's LinkedIn profile as well as their answers to a number of personalized questions. The matching algorithm builds on outcomes data from over 60,000 mentoring partnerships to pair individuals with executives from more than 120 industries.

"At LinkedIn's core is the belief that professional growth is spurred by forging and fostering meaningful relationships," said Kevin Scott, LinkedIn's senior vice president for engineering. "Everwise is using LinkedIn profile information in a very creative way to help individuals make these important connections. This is an exciting development in the world of mentorship and a valuable resource to LinkedIn's members."

Everwise protégés come from leading organizations that view mentorship as a key approach to developing and retaining top talent. Customers include Hewlett Packard, Insight, Direct Energy and Sigma Aldrich.

"We invest in programs like this for two reasons: increasing our team's ability to lead in a complex environment and anchoring them to the organization," said Erick Kostner, manager, organizational development, Sigma Aldrich. "This program is successful on both fronts; it gives us an excellent way to demonstrate our commitment to these emerging leaders and shows a great deal of respect for the talent they bring."

Typically, mentors and protégés meet every three to four weeks. If, at the end of their initial six-month relationship, protégés elect to start working on another goal, Everwise finds a new mentor for them. During the past year of beta testing, the process yielded a match satisfaction rate of 96 percent. More than 90 percent of mentors and protégés chose to be immediately re-matched following the conclusion of their initial partnership.

"Highly accomplished people frequently cite mentorship as a key contributor to their success," said Bergelson. "Unfortunately, finding the right mentors and making the most of our relationships with them can be challenging. We're leveraging data, modern technology and old fashioned human interaction to consistently deliver impactful mentoring partnerships."

About Everwise:
Everwise uses workforce science to reinvent the way organizations develop their people -- starting with mentoring. Our mission is to connect professionals directly to the people and insights that can help them be more productive and successful at every stage of their career. Everwise is based in New York City and San Francisco with offices in Minneapolis. Additional information can be found at

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