These are indeed strange and challenging times with many of us dealing with social, business, even health setbacks. Plans have altered dramatically, though as project management professionals, we might have an advantage since adaptation and responding to challenges are critical traits!
However, some priorities must take a backseat until things settle down. That's the case with PMI Portland's Mentoring Program. Our Professional Development portfolio team determined that -- with the COVID-19-clouded future of social distancing and lack of available meeting places -- we must suspend our mentoring program for at least one 6-month cycle. We will continue to monitor developments throughout the summer and we're hopeful we can restart for our regular Fall 2020 cohort with applications in October. On a bright note, this will give our mentors a much-needed break after more than three years of continued mentoring service.
Since it was relaunched in the fall of 2016 by Jean Richardson and Valerie D'Sa-Mayer, the PMI Portland Mentoring Program has served 105 mentees. More than 80% of our mentees are females. The popularity of the program has meant that a number of the 41 mentors who have volunteered faithfully have agreed to serve two or more mentees at the same time. Jerry Young, Jimmy Godard, Joe Marrietta, Mark Rozner, and Saby Waraich have mentored one or more project management professionals every cycle since 2016!
A heartfelt thanks to all mentors and to all who have participated. Be safe and maintain your vigilance. This too shall pass…
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