Mentorship Program



IABC Dallas
Mentorship Program


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IABC Dallas strives to be the leading organization of professional communicators who want greater meaning and momentum in their careers. The Board of Directors feels that offering mentorships is one important way to supporting professional growth for our members. This developmental program offers an opportunity for both mentor and mentee to learn from one another, enhance their skills and advance their careers.

In order to apply for this program, visit IABC Dallas.com to fill out an application.

Contact: VP of Chapter Services Adrienne Ciletti  *  aciletti@jcp.com  *  972-431-5667


TYPES OF MENTORSHIPS

PROFESSIONAL GROWTH PROJECT SKILLS STUDENT
Matches a junior or mid-level communicator with a senior communicator to provide support for career development and cross-mentoring, when appropriate.

Matches a communicator wanting guidance for a particular project with someone skilled or experienced in that function (skills-based) or in the topic of the project (industry or subject matter). Also for those entering Quill awards who want guidance on submitting an entry.

Matches a communicator wanting to advance his/her aptitude in a particular skill – such as writing, project management, leadership, etc. with a mid- to senior-level communicator with expertise in that area.

Matches a college-level communications student with a professional communicator to assist the student in completing studies, networking, and interview/job hunting skills.

DURATION:
12-month mentoring relationship with an option to continue if both parties agree

DURATION:
3-6 month mentoring relationship or the length of the mentee’s project

DURATION:
6-12 month mentoring relationship with an option to continue if both parties agree

DURATION:
6-12 month mentoring relationship or until student graduates

 

Obligation of the Mentor
(Read full mentor guidelines

Willingness to:

  • Commit to the mentoring relationship for the designated time period
  • Meet by phone/videoconference with mentee once a month
  • Correspond with mentee via email with a 48-hour response
  • Share personal stories, experience and examples
  • Help facilitate connections for mentee
  • Assist mentee in identifying career development opportunities or project resources
  • Provide feedback to IABC Dallas about the program and areas for improvement
  • Answer questions of future mentors in the IABC Dallas program


Bring to the relationship:

  • Active Listening – take notes, ask questions, repeat back to make sure your mentee is fully understood
  • Dedication to Career Success – have a genuine interest in seeing others and their organizations succeed
  • Curiosity – desire to learn and try new things
  • Commitment to This Professional Relationship – be responsible, respectful and ready

 

Obligation of the Mentee
(Read full mentee guidelines)

Willingness to:

  • Commit to the mentoring relationship for the designated time period
  • Come into the relationship with a defined goal
  • Meet by phone/videoconference with mentor once a month
  • Correspond with mentor via email or his/her preferred method
  • Share openly
  • Provide feedback to IABC Dallas about the program and areas for improvement
  • Answer questions of future mentees in the IABC Dallas program


Bring to the relationship:

  • Active Listening – take notes, ask questions, repeat back to make sure your mentor is fully understood
  • Openness to Coaching – a need and desire to hear and use guidance from a senior and experienced communicator
  • Curiosity – desire to learn and try new things
  • Commitment to This Professional Relationship – be responsible, respectful and ready

 

Obligation of IABC Dallas

  • Match mentors and mentees based on mentee’s stated goal and mentor’s stated expertise
  • Provide support for mentor and mentee on developing a strong relationship
  • Follow-up on a quarterly basis with both mentor and mentee on compatibility and progress