The Maybach Foundation Mentor Talk Series is a discussion forum featuring diverse and relevant thinkers, visionaries and drivers of innovation sharing their personal journeys from early inspiration to where they are today. The focus is on the mentor-protégé relationship, a theme central to the historic Maybach story and a core aspect of the Maybach Foundation’s work over the past decade.
In this context, the Maybach Foundation Mentor Talks present speaker pairs who are representative of the change-making impact of individual human interaction. In some cases, they have been involved in the Maybach Foundation’s own mentoring projects. Others are paired with a past mentor or mentee who has significantly influenced their personal and professional development.
The Maybach Foundation memorializes the contributions of Wilhelm & Karl Maybach, a journey from orphanage to designer of the first Mercedes and today’s symbol of ultimate luxury — an achievement that would not have been possible without the support Wilhelm Maybach received in the early stages of his life. The case study of young Wilhelm Maybach creating a disruptive “mobility-revolution” laid the foundation for the modern automobile. By building on this historical narrative and its lessons, the Maybach Mentor Talks create a trickle-down effect. Learning about our panelists’ personal experiences, as well as the societal effect of their personal mentoring partnerships has the potential to inspire others.
The Mentor Talks serve community interests by raising awareness of the benefits of mentoring and supporting young, talented thinkers : Individuals who might go on to find new, innovative approaches to solving increasingly urgent problems – just as did the young Wilhelm Maybach.
Your best future is helping someone else find theirs.