Mentoring Program

A free program for SF IABC members

No matter what stage you may be in your career, one-on-one guidance and perspective from a mentor can be invaluable and help you take the next step or change directions. SF IABC’s Mentoring Program occurs in eight-week, six-month and 12-month cycles and offers both mentors and mentees the opportunity to learn and build a relationship that can have benefits long into the future. We’re kicking off the Fall Mentoring Program on November 15

The program pairs communication professionals at any level with communicators who have specific areas of experience or expertise. All mentors are SF IABC members who volunteer their time. This year, we are launching a small pilot as part of the Mentoring Program to include limited spots for non-members that offers the same amazing benefits to network with and get input from someone outside your organization.

To register for the program, complete this quick survey by November 15.

Time Commitment

We recommend that pairs meet four times over the course of eight weeks. These one-hour meetings can occur in person or via phone or video chat. For the six and 12-month programs, the meeting cadence should be designed to meet the needs of the participants. Additionally, we will offer Program Guides for every tier to help guide conversations, action items and engagement with SF IABC. 

Testimonial from a past mentor

“I found the benefits of being a mentor to be threefold: It was a chance to give back to the professional community that I received so much from. But it also gave me the ability to ‘self-check’ my own career path against the backdrop of someone else’s challenges and accomplishments. Finally, there was a sense of accomplishment about my historical career path and the opportunity to help a colleague.”

Testimonial from a past mentee

“My career changed immediately after starting the program, and because I joined a startup, the insight of a seasoned professional was very valuable. The most important benefit was having access to a sounding board with experience and applicable skills. My mentor greatly assisted in the outlining of a strategic communications plan for my young company.”

Benefits

For Mentors:

  • Expand leadership and management skills.
  • Create an opportunity to apply coaching, teaching and listening skills.
  • Examine a new perspective outside the workplace.
  • Give back and help build future leaders for the profession.

For Mentees:

  • Gain knowledge and insights related to general career growth or a specific area/topic (e.g., management, social media, branding).
  • Benefit from one-on-one coaching.
  • Receive direct feedback and perspective from someone outside your workplace.

Questions? Please contact Stacy Lavilla, Mentoring Program lead, at sfiabcmentorship@gmail.com.

Networking Nine Events and Discussion Topics
July 9, 2019 What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid?
Sept. 10, 2019 Change Communication Best Practices
Nov. 12, 2019 Topic to be confirmed; please submit your ideas!
Jan. 14, 2020 Topic to be confirmed; please submit your ideas!
March 17, 2020 Topic to be confirmed; please submit your ideas!
May 12, 2020 Topic to be confirmed; please submit your ideas!
(Additional dates, times, and themes forthcoming)

We may explore breakfast and lunchtime options and welcome your feedback on your preferences and themes.

Although open to all SF IABC members,  demand for Networking 9 events often exceeds supply. Interested members are encouraged to join the waiting list, share their contact information and propose future topics to our co-directors.

Attention IABC Chapter Presidents: SF IABC has developed “Networking 9 in a Box” – a step-by-step guide to establishing and conducting Networking 9 events in your chapter. Please contact Julie Knight for additional information.

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