The PMIWDC Mentoring Program was created to facilitate the development and enhancement of project management competencies for the Chapter members. The goal of the program is to provide Chapter members with the opportunity to both share experiences and develop project management skills in a chosen area or industry. The PMIWDC Mentoring Program is a members-only program. The program is a one-on-one relationship between a seasoned PMP professional and a developing project management professional to develop the skills needed to meet the evolving demands of our profession.
The program is voluntary and is governed by formal guidelines and goals designed to provide structure to the mentor protégé relationship.
The Mentoring Program is six months (April – October) in duration. This is a formal program that:
Follows a structured framework based on a four stage mentoring life cycle
Has four scheduled group meetings
Check-In meeting #1
Check-In meeting #2
Lessons learned session
Monthly one-on-one mentor protégé meetings
Mentoring Partnership Agreement
Learning Action Plan
Monthly Activities Reports
At the conclusion of the program, the mentor protégé pair will have:
Established a mentoring relationship
Derived the protégé’s learning goals and objectives
Developed a Learning Action Plan to accomplish those goals
Worked towards achieving those goals and closed the formal mentoring relationship
A program coordination team provides oversight to the program. A list of recommended readings (select mentoring guides) is provided as a “toolbox” of articles, activities, templates and how-to’s for the mentoring program participants.
The PMIWDC Mentoring Program also contains a military transition component in which veterans, interested in joining the program management profession, will be paired with a mentor with a military background.
2023 PMIWDC Mentoring Program Application period will be 9 January 2023 – 6 February 2023.
Interested in getting involved? Look for our 2023 program notification starting in December 2022.
The three components of a mentor protégé relationship are:
Role of the Protégé
The role of the protégé in a one-on-one relationship is to prepare and share with a mentor a set of goals and objectives he/she hopes to develop as a result of the relationship. The protégé will make a commitment to the mentor to work through these goals and objectives. Considering this is a voluntary arrangement, respecting the limits of the mentor’s time and attention is important. A protégé must be willing to accept the suggestions and advice of the mentor.
Protégé Roles and Responsibilities:
Initiate and maintain contact with the mentor
Clearly communicate development needs and goals
Be open to new ideas and approaches
Be willing to have open and honest dialogue with your mentor
Take initiative in managing the relationship
Set and work towards goals and take responsibility for your own development
Role of the Mentor
The mentor’s role is to provide guidance that may help the protégé develop and strengthen his/her project management competencies. The mentor is also a sounding board, offering an open ear, empathy, encouragement and support. The mentor may assist a protégé in improving their skills through advice, feedback and dialogue.
Mentor Roles and Responsibilities:
Be a listener
Be a source of constructive feedback
Be an “advisor for a protégé
Share relevant experiences and insights as appropriate
Challenge the protégé to think for herself
Mentor Protégé Relationship
The program is a voluntary one-on-one relationship between an experienced PMP professional and a developing project management professional.
Keys to a successful relationship:
Recognize and value individual differences
Listen and ask questions
Provide honest, constructive feedback and be receptive to receiving feedback
Protégés are expected to:
Initiate contact with the mentor
Take initiative in managing the relationship
Be open to new ideas and approaches
Assess abilities objectively
Take action to modify behaviors and develop skills
Set and work towards goals and take responsibility for own development
Mentors are expected to:
Offer challenging ideas
Act as a sounding board
Coach and teach by example
Share networking strategies
Help build self-confidence
Offer encouragement and wise counsel
Characteristics of successful mentoring relationships:
Reciprocity: Both mentor and protégé gain in some way from the relationship
Mutual Respect: Both parties respect each other’s time effort and qualifications
Clear expectations: Protégés need to take charge and actively manage the relationship
Personal connection: Actively listening and reflecting back on what you heard
Shared values: Both mentor and protégé share common values
Characteristics of failed mentoring relationships:
Each mentor protégé pair will establish and build a foundation for a successful mentoring relationship with learning and development at its core and the fulfillment of clear mutually defined goals as its intention.
The mentoring pairs will agree on the goals of their partnership and the frequency of their mentoring meetings.
They will complete a mentoring partnership agreement and develop a Mentoring Action Plan that translates goals into easily executable and attainable steps.
They will work towards accomplishing these agreed-upon learning goals within the time available within the formal program.
The formal program concludes with the Mentor Protégé pairs closing the formal relationship and redefining the relationship moving forward and providing feedback to the program in the form of lessons learned.
Mentor Protégé pairs will be expected to meet a minimum of two hours per month in addition to attending the required group meetings.
A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those participants that meet the following:
Attended at least three out of the four PMIWDC Mentoring Program meetings
Submitted signed Participation Agreement
Submitted signed Confidentiality Agreement
Submitted Monthly Activities Reports
Protégé Program Participation Fee: $150.00 is required from all selected Protégé applicants. Military protégés will receive a discount. This fee will be applied to cover program administration costs.
Professional Development Units (PDU) Credit: Mentors: Giving Back PDU Protégés: Educational PDUs Recommended Reading: Educational PDUs
The PMIWDC Mentor Protégé Program was initiated in 2007. The following are some of the feedback from program alumni:
“One of the key benefits I received was continually refining my mentoring skills and the ability to coach the mentee on activities to enhance workplace and professional experience."– Program Mentor
“I learned key factors about Leadership and having a mentor and being proactive and open minded to gain the knowledge a Mentor is willing to share and provide to reach my goals with confidence. Also, the importance of communicating effectively to foster healthy relationships.”– Program Protégé
“Our training sessions provided perspective: New training opportunities. The guest speakers were great. Learning the differences between coaching and mentoring and how to listen effectively” – Program Mentor
“Special thanks to the mentoring committee in making this experience a good experience.”– Program Protégé
“The program is loosely structured, this gives mentors and mentees opportunity to tailor and execute a development program that meets their requirements. This is a keeper.” – Program Mentor
“The PMIWDC Mentoring program was a great way for me to connect with other professionals. I especially enjoyed working with my mentor; he helped me work through issues I was experiencing as well as giving me advice and resources on how I can improve.”– 2021 Program Protégé
“I am absolutely grateful to have been part of this program. I was paired with a mentor that helped coach me on changing jobs/project manager type and gave me invaluable information about going into this new type of work. I was hesitant about the price, but after the program would pay it all over again for how helpful this experience has been.”– 2021 Program Protégé
“Having a one on one experience with a like minded person was very rewarding. I learned as much as my protégé.”– 2021 Program Mentor
“As a mentor it has been extremely gratifying to know that I was able to help my protégé increase their skills and confidence in the work that they are currently doing. I also learned a lot about a different industry and functional area that would never have been able to gain insight into. I will definitely consider participating in the program next year.”– 2021 Program Mentor
“The PMIWDC mentoring program helped me transition into a new, different position and the help of my mentor was invaluable.”– 2021 Program Protégé
”As a mentor hearing stories from my protégé about challenges that they are having and thinking wow I’ve been there before was Enlightening for both of us. From my protégé viewpoint it verifies that my experiences haven’t been unusual. From my mentees viewpoint it validates for them that their experiences are not unusual. So we verify that we can use our project management skills to address our challenges. It’s been a pleasure working with my protégé.”– 2021 Program Mentor
“The PMI-WDC mentoring program is very well organized with excellent material for those new to such relationships. In 7 years as a mentor, every protégé was interesting and engaged, and I got as much out of it as they did.”– 2021 Program Mentor
“The PMIWDC Mentor-Protégé program is as impactful on the Mentor as it is on the Protégé. The things I learned as a mentor have been implemented in my work and social life. My friendship(s) will continue beyond the program.” – 2021 Program Mentor