The L&D Cares Mentor Program
The L&D Cares Mentor Program connects industry veterans to L&D Cares Members at no cost, providing one-to-one mentoring. Our program:
Matches L&D Cares Members to a trusted mentor
Provides the mentee a minimum of three mentoring sessions with their mentor
You must be an L&D cares Member to participate as a mentee in the Mentoring Program. To join, complete a membership application. Membership is free.
Our Mentoring Philosophy
Mentoring is a voluntary professional development approach that can contribute to career growth and satisfaction for mentees and mentors. Mentoring occurs when a more experienced professional (mentor) guides a less experienced professional (mentee) to:
Thrive and flourish in their career
Enhance success in their current role
Address challenging situations
Effectively navigate their company or industry
L&D Cares offers mentoring with either a one-time conversation, or a maximum of three conversations. At their discretion, both the mentor and mentee can determine to continue beyond three sessions. L&D Cares encourages the mentor and mentee to establish the type of mentoring relationship that best suits the needs of the mentee. Each L&D Cares mentor is approved by our Board of Directors and is an industry professional either currently serving or has served in the profession.
Types of Mentoring Supported by L&D Cares
We believe the cornerstone of effective mentoring is the one-to-one conversation between the mentor and mentee. L&D Cares believes the primary goal of mentoring is to focus on the specific, individual needs of the mentee. Our mentors help our member mentees in a number of ways, including:
Guiding (especially in challenging situations)
Asking open ended questions to get to the root of the mentee’s purpose and needs
Offering suggestions and feedback
Reflecting on what they observe
L&D Cares supports our mentors and mentees with a formal matching process to assist in selecting and/or pairing mentees and mentors. Review our Mentor Program playbook.
You must be an L&D cares Member to participate as a mentee in the Mentoring Program.
To join, complete a membership application. Membership is free.