Vicki Wright Hamilton
Founder, The Wright Answer
Vicki Hamilton is a Senior IT / Operations Executive who comes up with new IT strategies to take care of old workplace problems. An award winning technology executive with over 20 years of senior level experience, Vicki’s strategic, multidisciplinary competencies include conceptualizing, designing and executing innovative technology strategies for high value results ($20M+.)
Recognized three years in a row by CableFAX magazine as one of the “Most Influential Minorities in Cable,” Vicki has been named to the “Top Women in Cable Technology” and “Most Powerful Women in Cable.” She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program, Foundation Board of Directors for Women In Technology, she is Executive Team Leader for Global Exec Women and is a Growing Leaders Board Member. Vicki is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership, graduate of the 2009 class of Leadership Atlanta, Past President of the Atlanta Chapter of National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and is Past IT Director and Lifetime Member of the Atlanta Chapter of National Black MBA. She has managed teams of up to 450 and has been internationally published, writing a monthly mentoring column for South Africa’s CEO Magazine.
How I discovered my passion for mentoring
At 24 years old, I thought life couldn’t get any better. I was married, pregnant with my first child and my career was going very well. I was feeling better than I had ever felt in my life.
Then one day, I found out that I had toxemia, a blood pressure disorder that adds serious risks to pregnancy. I was immediately checked into the hospital and released on the condition of complete bed rest.
Despite following doctor’s orders, I was soon back in the hospital facing an emergency C-section and the very real possibility that neither my baby nor I would survive. Somehow in the midst of this crisis, I knew that we were going to be just fine.
The following day, I went into surgery and when my son was born, he was rushed into the ICU natal care unit. While he was being cared for, my blood pressure dropped and I had what I can only describe as an afterlife experience.
What I recall is a feeling of utter peace, finding myself on my knees asking to come “home.” The response I received was that my work was not yet done, and that my job was to help others, especially those not finding help or support elsewhere.
I am fortunate to say that both my son and I fully recovered, and this beautiful experience has shaped countless choices I have made along the way. I found that that mentoring was the way I was able to help others, yet it has given me just as much as I have shared. Whether as a casual mentee or a formal mentor, my mentoring experiences helped to guide me through the culture of each company I have worked for and each stage of my development.
I can’t tell you how many times I found myself in the position of being the only woman or only minority woman in a certain department or at a particular level. Yet each time I felt alone, a colleague would reach out to ask advice or offer wisdom that helped both of us navigate the terrain a little more successfully.
Before I knew it, the conversations grew to encompass family, health challenges, and even spiritual dilemmas. I began to understand the profound impact that mentoring can have – both professionally and in life. This was the beginning of my passion for mentoring. This site, the Mentor Matchmaking Program, is born from that same passion.
I invite you to join our mentoring community as we connect, solve issues and move forward in all aspects of our lives.