DLF has created a new framework for establishing mentoring relationships among our community members, centered around face-to-face interaction at our annual Forum. Nearly 300 people have answered yes to the following questions and chose to participate in the first three years of the program:
Are you willing to share your expertise and help grow the profession as a mentor? Want to “pay it forward” and help someone else benefit from your experience?
Do you feel like you could benefit from some guidance on how to grow your career? Would you like to have a conversation in a trusted environment with a neutral party that has expertise to offer you?
The program is meant to be lightweight, collegial, and mostly focused around the annual DLF Forum (so not necessarily a long-term commitment, although longer-term mentoring relationships have blossomed!).
DLF facilitates the matching, based on expertise and mentee requests. Mentors agree to:
- Exchange emails and/or set up a phone/video chat to get to know each other before the conference
- Meet up as early as possible at the DLF Forum, to be a friendly face, help make introductions, and generally advise on how to make the most of the conference
- Offer career advice as requested, based on their own experience
- Maintain confidentiality and exhibit professionalism in all interactions (including by adhering to our Code of Conduct)
We also provide a private discussion forum for our mentors, so that they can compare notes on their own process and mentorship philosophy, and provide feedback that will help shape the program.
If you missed the opportunity to join in past years — or are eager to be involved again — be sure to sign up to become a mentor or mentee during the registration process for the 2019 Forum in Tampa.