DLF has created a new framework for establishing mentoring relationships among our community members, centered around face-to-face interaction at our annual Forum. Over 100 people answered yes to the following questions and chose to participate in the first year 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 and collegial. DLF does the matching, and mentors agree to:
- Exchange emails with mentees before the conference
- Meet up for a mentor/mentee lunch
- Offer advice and general guidance
- Maintain confidentiality, as requested, with their mentees
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 2016, be sure to sign up to become a mentor or mentee during the registration process for our 2017 Forum in Pittsburgh.