"This program not only provides me with inspiration to help others, it has provided me with self-awareness and encouragement for self-development.  When taken seriously, this program provides learning and growth opportunities for both the protégé and the mentor.  I have been able to witness the learning and growth in both myself and my protégé. 

It is an awesome experience when you begin noticing a change in the way one sees the world and how the different elements of leadership, professional relationships and communication impact the conversations, topics/agendas and desire for more knowledge. 

I know that my protégé is now more prepared for her next adventure.  I know that my protégé and I will remain in contact and will continue the protégé and mentor relationship.  I am proud to be a part of this experience."
  – Mike W, Mentor


A mentor is a guide. A friend. A resource who paves the way to success, and derives satisfaction from helping others succeed. Your role as mentor is to inspire, encourage, and support your protégé, and to contribute to their professional and personal development. 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What am I expected to do? Mentors are expected to provide their protégé with at least one hour of support and interaction per month. Most of this interaction will take place via e-mail, phone, text or face-to-face, as appropriate. Mentors should work with their protégé to determine what kind of support will be most useful—specific feedback related to finding jobs, general career advice, information on higher studies, technical information, personal encouragement, and so on.
  • How long will the commitment be? The mentor/protégé connection is for four months. The connections are made at the beginning of the spring (mid-January) and fall (mid-August) semesters.  Mentors are asked to commit to the program for the full semester.  If a mentor must leave the relationship early, we request at least one month's notice in order to search for a replacement mentor with similar background.
  • Are there any potential risks to me or my company? No. It is not appropriate for mentors to engage in any business transactions with their protégés; instead, the relationship should only involve the flow of general information and advice.
  • Relationship is not going well or I am concerned about mentorship, what to do? We encourage letting the protégé know about the situation and contact the Administrator immediately. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.

Mentor DOs

  2. Set aside time for the mentoring process and honor all appointments.
  3. Invite the protégé to meetings or activities, as appropriate. Schedule meetings with planned topics.
  4. Be flexible on meeting times and places.
  5. Arrange frequent contacts through telephone, e-mail, face-to-face, etc., as appropriate.
  6. Respond to e-mails from your protégé within 2 days of receipt.
  7. Keep information that your protégé has shared with you confidential. If something concerning the protégé needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.
  8. Establish open and honest communication and a forum for idea exchange.
  9. Foster creativity and independence. Help build self-confidence and offer encouragement.
  10. Provide honest and timely feedback to your protégé.
  11. Provide opportunities for the protégé to talk about concerns and ask questions.
  12. Above all, LISTEN.

Mentor DON'Ts

  1. Try to give advice on everything.
  2. Encourage protégé to be totally dependent upon you.
  3. Provide your personal history, problems, animosities, successes, failures, etc unless they are constructive contributions.
  4. Be too busy when the protégé needs your friendship or your support. If you do not have time, give the protégé a heads up, so that they know when they can reach you.
  5. Criticize.