Beth Parkhill

Having worked her way up the corporate ranks, Beth Parkhill founded her own marketing and strategic consulting business in 1992.  She retired 10 years later, at age 46.  Retirement wasn’t for her.  Instead, she wanted to help nonprofits be more effective, particularly nonprofits near to her heart: the arts, mental illness, and organizations supporting low-income families.  She also co-founded a nonprofit gallery for artists who rarely had the opportunity to exhibit: unknown, self-taught, artists living with mental illness, and other outsider artists.

She’s worked hard; but she also knows that part of her success was due to the people who helped her along the way — personally and professionally. Beth believes the best thing she can do with her experience and passion is to put it to work helping others find mentoring support. Having helped JPMorgan Chase (formerly Chase Manhattan) launch a global career development program, she wants everyone to be able to access these types of resources. That’s why Beth is the founder of Mentor Planet.  She’s looking forward to everyone’s comments and suggestions about the best, most effective mentoring resources available.

Raised by a strong-willed, beatnik, single mother, Beth was the oldest of seven children. Her mother was her first mentor, encouraging Beth to give life “her all” and not be bound by economic class or traditional roles. She is now part of a blended family, the oldest of eleven children. In her life, she’s lived on her grandparent’s farm, a Quonset hut, a sail boat, and remodeled many houses, including a 15th century country home.  Married for 25 years, she and her husband live in Minneapolis and France.  She’s still trying to learn French.

3 Responses

  1. Congratulations Beth!

    Thank you for doing this. To my mind, this is the kind of endeavor that really can change the world.

    Richard White

  2. This is such a relevant conversation; we don’t get enough sources for our ideas, sometimes we let a great idea get snuffed out and sometimes we pursue a bump-filled road that could have been averted – with info from a mentor. Getting more access to more people and ideas is the key; why can’t we learn from others?

  3. Hello,

    My name is Sam Marquit, I am an independent ‘green’ contractor and co-author of Fair Marquit Value I am wondering if you’re interested in featuring me on your blog because I would love a chance to speak with your readers about the idea of environmentally responsible tourism as it’s applied in modern day travel and stay.

    If you think this topic, or any other for that matter, would be of interest to your readers, please let me know and I can begin drafting up something that I believe will mesh with your blog very well.

    I look forward to hearing back from you; hopefully we can work together on spreading the word on important topics like this as they relate to environmental awareness!

    I look forward to hearing from you,


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