One of IAVM’s greatest strengths is its membership network of industry professionals. Mentor Connector creates the opportunity for a seasoned, experienced professional (Mentor) to provide guidance and encouragement to a member who has an identified professional development need (Mentee). Together, they create a one-on-one, tailored 12-month program that focuses on improving the skill set of the mentee, while also enhancing the mentor’s contribution to the industry.
Mentors sharpen their skills as they teach others, make a personal impact on the development of others, and strengthen IAVM and its members.
Mentees benefit from gaining first-hand knowledge, networking, skill development and support to realize their professional goals.
Coaches ensure the success and integrity of the mentoring relationships and contribute to the success of IAVM and the Mentor Connector program.
Participants who successfully complete a Mentor Connector program cycle qualify for points toward the Certified Venue Executive designation and continuing education.
The Mentor Connector Program Handbook (Mentor Handbook, Mentee Handbook) provides complete details including schedule, roles and responsibilities, process, goals and objectives, and reporting guidelines.
A mentor / mentee match is based on several mutually beneficial criteria: career interest(s), commitment, leadership position, community obligations, time availability, geographic location and personal interests. Each match is carefully tailored to provide a unique and valuable mentoring experience for both participants. Once a mentor / mentee match has been determined, both parties are notified, and personal profiles and contact information are provided to each participant.
A coach—an individual with strong industry experience—is assigned to ensure the program duo stays on its timeline, to act as a resource for industry knowledge, and to provide support as needed.
In today’s marketplace, the value, if not the necessity, of being proactive in securing knowledge and advice from industry professionals has never been greater. Every mentorship experience is beneficial.
Gain insight from your mentor’s knowledge, skills, values and expertise.
Grow through greater awareness of challenges and opportunities.
Receive critical feedback in key areas, such as communications, interpersonal relationships, technical abilities and leadership skills.
Develop a sharper focus on what is needed to grow personally and professionally.
Learn specific skills and knowledge that are relevant to professional and personal goals.
Gain knowledge about the industry and unspoken rules that can be critical for success in the venue management industry.