Mentoring Program

    Started in 2010, the SMPS St. Louis Chapter’s Mentoring Program is designed to be an additional resource for our members to help share best practices, expand their network and provide a sounding board for less experienced members. The program teams marketers at all experience levels with seasoned A/E/C industry marketing professionals in a supportive, one-on-one environment. The program’s goal is to provide both the Mentor and Mentee with a professional relationship that is mutually rewarding. 

    Mentors and mentees will be paired based upon specific career tracks, years of experience and areas of interest and expertise. We are careful to ensure that pairings are not made from members of competing organizations. 

    As a mentee, you will:

    • Acquire guidance for growing your career
    • Increase your knowledge and professional understanding
    • Learn more about issues and trends specific to the A/E/C industry

    As a mentor, you will: 

    • Provide guidance based on past experiences, both good and bad
    • Take time to help Mentees learn more about the industry
    • Create a positive counseling relationship with open communication
    • Help Mentee identify problems and help provide solutions
    • Refer Mentees to other professionals, where appropriate

    ELIGIBILITY

    • MENTEE: An SMPS member in good standing committed to meeting with assigned Mentor over the program term from February to August 2021. Mentees of all levels are welcome; beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

    • MENTOR: An SMPS Member in good standing. Mentors are assigned as intermediate, advanced, peer-to-peer, and C-suite levels.

    HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

    • Applications: All perspective Mentees must complete the application form and return with a copy of their resume no later than February 17, 2021. Early submissions are encouraged.
    • Pairing: Once the application is received, the applicant will receive an invitation to the Kickoff Breakfast (to be held in February) where they will meet their selected Mentor. 
    • Mentorship Program: Once pairs are made, each pair will be required to meet face-to-face at least one hour each month, or you may customize to your needs/individual requirements and schedules. A commitment letter will also be required for Mentors/Mentees to sign.
    • During the program, the President-Elect will follow up with Mentors and Mentees to assist participants and evaluate progress of the relationships.
    • Commitment: The Mentor and Mentees each commit to being paired together for six months. Mentees should have the support of their firm supervisor to participate in the program. 

     

    PROGRAM SCHEDULE

    • September 2020 -February 17, 2021: The application period will run from September 1, 2020 – February 17, 2021. All applications are due by 5PM on February 17, 2021. Early submissions encouraged.
    • February 18: Applications evaluated and pairing of mentors and mentees.
    • Week of February 22: Mentors and mentees notified of pairings.
    • February TBD: Program Kick-off Meeting
    • February - August: Each pair will be required to meet face-to-face at least one hour each month, or you may customize to your needs/individual requirements and schedules. 
    • August: Concluding event and debriefing survey.

     

    Dates for the 2022 program will be availble in fall 2021.

     

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