Congratulations to the new Mentor class for 2017-18. The new session has kicked of with 17 pairs of Mentors and Mentees.
For those that did not make it into this semester, we will be accepting applications for the next semester in early 2018. More details to follow on the Mentorship Program Page.
Since 2010, PMI Mass Bay has provided the opportunity for members to mentor other members within a structured program. This program is a great opportunity for both mentees and mentors alike. Mentees gain valuable real-life knowledge from seasoned project managers, and mentors consistently report that they find their own skills sharpened as a result of the mentoring relationship.
Reap the rewards of being a mentor or a mentee:
- Advancement of Project Management practices and culture
- Exposure to different perspectives
- Recognize and motivate high performing individuals
- Satisfaction of contributing to the success of others and actively contributing to the project management community in the MassBay area
- Powerful real-time learning and development
- Take networking to a new level
- Build your trust in project management competencies
What is a MENTOR: An experienced project manager who can be a trusted advisor, guide and/or coach to another project manager. Mentors must have a current PMP certification and be an active member of PMI Mass Bay to be eligible. Mentors will receive PDUs for their service in the Giving Back category.
What is a MENTEE: A project manager seeking to obtain advice from an experienced PM professional to improve their project management skills or anyone thinking about exploring the profession of project management. Mentees do not have to have their PMP. In fact, many mentees earn their PMP during the course of the mentoring program. You must be an active member of PMI Mass Bay to participate in this program. Mentees will receive PDUs for participation in the Informal Learning (education) category.
MENTORING PROGRAM STRUCTURE:
The Mentoring Program is a structured, 6-month program bringing together Chapter members in mentoring partnerships to meet the professional development goals of the mentee.
Participants interested in the program are required to:
- Fill out an Application Form by October 21, 2017 and email to email@example.com
- Commit to a six-month program
- Attend three mandatory team meetings (one three-hour kickoff training session, one mid-program checkpoint, and a wrap-up session – see below for meeting dates)
- Attend 12 one-on-one mentoring sessions with their mentoring partner
- Maintain and submit a monthly activity log
Successful completion of the six-month program will result in 15 PDUs for PMI certified participants.
|$160 for Mentees (50% discount for applying by October 1, 2017)|
|Free for Mentors|
For more information on the program, download the PMI Mass Bay Mentoring Program FAQs
KEY PROGRAM DATES:
- Registration Deadline: Saturday, Oct 21, 2017
- Kick-Off Meeting: Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 9:00 am. to 12:00 pm.
- Midpoint Meeting: Saturday, Feb 3, 2018 9:00 am. to 12:00 pm.
- Graduation: Saturday, May 5, 2018 9:00 am. to 12:00 pm.
If you are interested in participating in the Mentor Program, please complete the Application Form and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send any inquiries or questions to email@example.com
We look forward to your participation and working with you in the 2017-2018 Mentoring Program!
I felt the whole mentor-mentee partnership . . . was a dynamic experience that fitted an upcoming project management professional, like me, to improve and learn successful project management practices.
Invest the time to create a well-structured, open relationship with your mentor. It can help you achieve your goals.
Learning about my mentor’s work and how he managed his career helped me consider new ways in which I might use my project management skills.
My most rewarding experience as a mentee has been when my mentor has offered support without stifling my individuality or my wish to do things differently. He helped me build a strong foundation and then let me go, and I was able to take risks and go out to implement them as my own.
“Mentoring? Me? What do I know?”
Brenda Boyle, PMP
Those were the first words that went through my head when I read about the Mass Bay Mentoring Program. Although involved with project and program management for the last 20+ years, I wasn’t convinced that I could take on the role of a project management mentor. The 15 PDU’s caught my eye but me? Really?
My interest was piqued. As usual, when faced with a challenge, my logical brain took over. I went home and looked up the definition of Mentoring:
“Mentoring is a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor), assists another (the mentee) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personnel growth”
Once I read that, I was in. I have learned some valuable (and sometimes painful) lessons along the way that I could surely share. I signed up…
. . . And I am so grateful that I did! I was not prepared for how much I would learn and how rewarding the experience would be for me. As sometimes happens in life, you meet someone that you click with immediately. I was paired with the most amazing woman. She had her PMP and was interested in receiving candid feedback on how she had handled difficult situations as well as interested in guidance on various strategies to address the similar situations moving forward. I found that as I relayed my experiences, I was able to confirm what had worked for me and also visualize how I would have taken a different approach for things that didn’t work, refreshing my understanding and use of the PMBOK framework. How cool is that?
Applications are being accepted for the Mass Bay 2017_2018 Mentoring Program now! Please consider participating in this extremely rewarding program - trust me, you will be glad you did.
Brenda Boyle is an independent Program and Project Management Professional with 20+ years of experience successfully delivering solutions for her clients within the Pharmaceutical, Defense, High Tech and Healthcare industries. She earned her PMP credentials in 2008 and has enjoyed being an active member of the PMI Mass Bay Chapter since then. Brenda was a mentor in the 2011 Mass Bay Mentoring program and has been a member of the Mass Bay Mentoring Committee for the last two years.