Mentoring Program 

Now taking applications for Spring 2019 Session through 6/21/2019.

Program Description

Mentoring is a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentee, mentee or protégé) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth. Thus, it is basically a learning and development partnership between someone with skills and expertise and someone who wants to learn.

Mentors should have a background in, and experience of, various management levels; at least five years’ project management experience; and current PMP certification. Both mentors and mentees are asked to identify their personal goals and provide information to assist in the pairing process. This information includes work experience, education, skills and strengths. All information is kept confidential.

The purpose of the PMI Portland Chapter Mentoring Program is to foster professional development and advancement in project management by connecting individual mentors and mentees beyond the immediate working environment.

Something New

To reach a wider audience and make a bigger impact for the profession, we have created three levels of mentoring service; basic project management career and problem-solving, PMO / Portfolio management mentoring, and career guidance for military veterans in the project management profession.

The Basic Mentoring Program

Our basic mentoring program will continue its successful strategy to provide the following to mentees:

  • The ability to learn from experienced project managers.
  • An opportunity to reflect on the effects of personal attributes and behaviors on successful project management.
  • Aid in defining professional goals and using relevant methods to achieve them.
  • Access to an alternate line of communication (for personal and work issues).

And for mentors:

  • The ability to enhance leadership skills by sharing their knowledge and experience.
  • To act as guides and advisors.
  • To create an innovative environment for inexperienced project managers.
  • To build present and future alliances.

And to grow their reputation within and outside their community 

The PMO/Portfolio Management Mentoring Program

The PMO/Portfolio Mentoring Program is an advanced program for professional project managers that are ready to move into the Project Management Office or manage a portfolio of projects.  Mentees in this program must have at least 5 years of project management experience and are hoping to move into a PMO or Portfolio area of project management.  This program is intended to give advice and direction to those intending to move in that direction professionally.

The Military Veteran Mentoring Program

We have found an interesting new source of project managers and opportunities for retired veterans.  Since this program is designed for veterans, that will be a prerequisite for mentor and mentee participation in this area.  The plan is to give veterans who have received project management training in the military guidance in the business sector.

NOTE: The PMI Portland Chapter Mentoring Program does not provide (either as an entity or through its mentors):

  • Psychological counselling
  • Actual jobs or job referrals*

*This service is provided to Chapter members by the PMI Portland Chapter Jobs Forum.


Requirements for Mentors:

  • Complete and submit the mentor application
  • Background and experience in various levels of management
  • Minimum of five years’ experience as a Project Manager (current or retired)
  • Current PMP certification
  • PMO/Portfolio Mentors: 5 years of experience with the PMO or Portfolio management
  • Military Mentors: Military project management experience

Requirements for Mentees:

  • Complete and submit the mentee application
  • $25 application fee ($20 for members, $15 for Student Members)
  • PMO Mentee:  5 years of project management experience and desire to move into the PMO/Portfolio management
  • Military Mentee: Military background and a desire to move into the project management profession for the Veteran’s program

Requirements for ALL Program participants:

  • Commit to a minimum of six months’ mentoring partnership
  • Commit to meet on a regular basis – estimated at one half-hour per week minimum (Actual time spent is based on agreement between mentor and mentee.)
  • Participate in the mentoring program surveys
  • Notify the administration if there is any difficulty in goal-setting or mentoring progress

Do you have what it takes?

Characteristics of an excellent Mentor:

  • Motivation to help others to grow and develop
  • Knowledge of the field and familiarity with its culture
  • Brilliant interpersonal skills particularly empathetic listening
  • Contacts and influence through professional networks and relationships
  • Excellent supervisor / manager / leader
  • Understanding and acknowledgment of others’ potential and accomplishments
  • Sensitivity to feelings of mentees and awareness of their own emotions
  • Willingness to provide appropriate feedback on both failures and successes
  • Patience and flexibility
  • Recognition of risk associated with mentoring

Characteristics of an excellent Mentee:

  • Goal-oriented with history of success
  • Eagerness to ask questions, listen, watch, and learn
  • Proven intelligence and drive
  • Courage to try new challenges and to accept greater responsibilities
  • Acceptance of criticism and willingness to learn from mistakes
  • Keenness to take initiative
  • Desire to constantly do their best to improve performance and obtain results
  • Ability to ask for help or resources in identifying and achieving career goals

Ready to participate?

The deadline for Mentor and Mentee applications is 6/21/2019

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We wish to thank each of the Chapter sponsors for their continued support of the organization and their recognition of the importance of project management in the Portland area. To learn how your organization can become a Chapter sponsor, please visit Become a Sponsor

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