The Academy of Management Mentor Award 2012 goes to Vlerick Professor Sophie Manigart

Sophie Manigart, Professor of Corporate Finance at Vlerick Business School, has won the Mentor Award 2012 in the Entrepreneurship Division at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM) in Boston (US).

The Mentor Award is a careers service award that recognizes extraordinary long-term contributions in the area of mentoring. 7 other strong nominees competed for the prize, but Sophie was elected the winner. Unaware of being in the running she was completely surprised and felt honoured to win this award. Even though she had already won the ‘95 AOM Best Paper Award in the Entrepreneurship Division this was as exciting as back then.

A sixth sense

Being a professor, joining the Academy was quite an obvious thing to do for her. AOM is after all the most important scholarly management association. Sophie Manigart has been a AOM member for over 20 years and has assisted plenty of doctoral students during those years. In fact it was Vlerick Professor Miguel Meuleman, one of her former students who initiated the idea of submitting her candidature. Miguel contacted a whole crew of former doctoral students and asked for their endorsement. They all wrote reference letters stating how supportive Sophie was during their doctoral study and dissertation research. “She cared for us and our project as if we were her own kids. Time after time she manages to find a perfect balance in giving mentorship and support and granting autonomy. Sophie lets you spread your wings at exactly the right moment. It’s her sixth sense”, says Miguel with a hint of nostalgia.

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