Dr. Eric Brechner was my manager in 2014 when I interned for Microsoft. At the start of the internship, he aligned my skillset with the team’s needs. He patiently facilitated my project progression, prompting me with questions to expose hidden assumptions. Dr. B helped me to understand what I needed to learn to grow my career, and he provided resources, detailed feedback, and the space to grow as a professional at my own pace.
The leadership and mentorship Dr. B provided gave me confidence and constructive suggestions. He offered feedback with specific examples, which added context to his recommendations. In addition, he took the time to learn my needs and communication style, which encouraged me to put more effort into developing my leadership style. I am grateful to have worked with Dr. B; he was the first person to help me identify habits that could stagnate my career growth. Dr. B was a great career coach and sponsor!