Mentoring Program 

New session OPEN

The Mentor and Mentee applications are OPEN between March 10 and April 13, 2018

Thank you all for creating and continuing a cycle of giving back!

Program Description

Mentoring is a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentee, mentoree 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.

The program provides mentors with an opportunity to, for example:

  • Enhance leadership skills by sharing their knowledge and experience
  • Assist with skills like problem-solving and goal-setting
  • Act as guides and advisors
  • Create an innovative environment
  • Build present and future alliances
  • Grow their reputation within and outside their community

The program provides mentees with an opportunity to, for example:

  • Learn from experienced project managers
  • Reflect on effects of personal attributes and behaviors
  • Define professional goals and use relevant methods to achieve them
  • Have access to an alternate line of communication (for personal and work issues)

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

Requirements for Mentees:

  • Complete and submit the mentee application
  • $25 application fee ($20 for members, $15 for Student Members)

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.)
  • Attend an orientation meeting
  • Attend mid-cycle meetings, such as social and educational events hosted by the program, as warranted
  • 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 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 April 13, 2018

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