At TFS, a new way of mentoring

Ubuntu is a mentoring circle that takes its name from the African concept meaning “humanity towards others.”
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Less than a year after joining TFS as vice president and chief accounting officer, Grace Mullings suggested the program as a way to boost retention and support for TFS’ African-American accountants and tax professionals.

Twice a quarter, more than a dozen Ubuntu participants come together virtually to connect with leaders and team members, discuss relevant happenings at TFS and learn from guest speakers and Toyota experts. Presentations are selected based on participant interests. Past topics have included Black History Month, Juneteenth and remote interviewing skills.

Now into its third year, Ubuntu has seen participants earn promotions and continue developing in their careers. One team member even moved from TFS to Toyota Motor North America for a new professional challenge within the Toyota family.

Ubuntu is about giving people a safe space where they can express their authentic selves, connect with others, and grow as people and professionals.
Grace Mullings, Vice President and Chief Accouting Officer, Toyota Financial Services image 1