Metro St. Louis PMI Chapter
Mentoring Program
June 19, 2013
• Mentoring Program Overview
• 2013 Priorities
• Mentor Outreach
• Mentoring Benefits
• Mentoring Experiences
Mentoring Program Overview
Rob Kurtz, PMP
Director of Mentoring
Mentoring Program
Team Structure
Director of Mentoring
Rob Kurtz
Mentoring Steering Committee - Steve Lohbeck, Andy Wise
Glenn Deles
Jeanette Kopp
Rob Kurtz
PM Level 1
PM Level 1
Jackie Straube
Makes Matches
Mentoring Pair
Updates SharePoint
Creates new
mentor packet
Recruits mentors
Creates and
performs recurring
mentor training
Initiates, plans, executes,
monitors, and closes
projects to help
mentoring program
achieve MSLPMI goals
Metro St. Louis PMI Mentoring Program
Launched in January 2011
Chartered program
Free service for chapter members
Currently tracking around 50 chapter members
Who can Participate?
o Mentors with PMP in good standing
o Mentors and mentees with active chapter membership
Metro St. Louis PMI Mentoring Program
Typical Mentoring Relationships
o PMP exam prep
o Looking to get into PM career field
o How to solve on-the-job difficulties
o General professional discussion
Metro St. Louis PMI Mentoring Program
Nominal 6 month duration but may continue longer
Live contact minimum of 2 hrs/mo
Information shared is considered confidential
Problems may occur (schedule conflicts, location, etc).
Either participant may request a new match at any time
without prejudice.
Any costs incurred are responsibility of the pair - PMI will
not fund for dinner, materials, etc.
Becoming a Mentor/Mentee
Apply to the program
Go to Mentoring page on chapter website
Download appropriate information form (mentor/mentee)
Fill out as much as possible then email the form and your current
resume to [email protected]
Get Matched
Mentoring committee will review packages and make appropriate
matches based on needs, experience, etc.
Mentor and mentee will be contacted when matched
First meeting will be at a chapter dinner meeting for a warm handoff
To make a good match
it is very important that we receive:
• Your background information form
• Current resume if available, or specific
information of what you wish to gain from the
Mentoring Program
If we do not have these documents
we are unable to match you!
Lessons Learned
More mentees apply than available mentors
o Extremely long lead times waiting for a mentor
Some mentors and mentees become unresponsive
Some mentees have been very specific on needs from a
Mentor, hard to match
Mentoring pairs would end relationships without contacting
the mentoring team
Many mentees looking for PM experience to qualify for PMP
or PM position
o PMP Catch 22
2013 Priorities
2013 Priorities
Improve and enhance the Mentoring Program to provide
THE best service to chapter members !
o Mentoring 2.0 project
Streamline/automate the sign up process
Create more engagement opportunities (webinars,
group workshops) for mentees waiting for mentors
Update program charter
Create mentor training
Create marketing materials
2013 Priorities
Recruit More Mentors
Establish an “Ask A Mentor” blog
Create more opportunities for chapter members to volunteer
Become the Best PMI Chapter Mentoring Program
PDUs for mentoring? YES
New PDU structure found in the PMP Handbook (updated August 2011)
PDU Category Divisions
Mentees with PMP Can Earn PDUs
Mentors Can Earn PDUs
Getting started?
Go to St Louis PMI webpage. Under
Quick Links on the left click on Mentoring
Download mentee/mentor application
form from the bottom of the page
Fill out and email form with resume or
description of what you wish to gain from
the Mentoring Program to
[email protected]
Without this information
we are unable to match you!
PMP Handbook:
St Louis PMI Website:
Mentoring Program Page:
For more information please send an email to:
[email protected]
Mentoring Outreach
Herminia McKinzie
Mentor Outreach Coordinator
• Demonstrate professionalism & lead by
• Input from new & diverse professionals.
• You might just learn something new!
• A mentor is a person with more experience in
business or life, who can help you focus on
your abilities and give advice on navigating
your career
• Mentoring is a great opportunity to give exam
tips, pass on years of real world experience,
and help shape careers of others.
Mentoring Benefits
Andy Wise, PMP
Mentoring Program Steering Committee
Benefits of Mentoring
Most mentoring programs are designed for the
benefit of mentees, and they encourage
participants to come into a relationship with
specific goals and
The benefits of mentoring, however, often extend
far beyond the relationship’s initial purpose and
affect everyone involved: mentees, mentors, and
the organization.
Benefits for Mentee
Access to a support system during critical stages of
career development
Insider perspective on navigating your chosen career
Access to a knowledgeable ‘sounding board’
Exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences
Start/expand professional network
Benefits for Mentor
Satisfaction from providing wisdom and experience to
others in the profession without a huge time
Enhancement of coaching, mentoring, leadership,
and management skills
Chance to be exposed to a diversity of thought, style,
personality, and culture
A way to ”give back” to your profession
Are You Ready to be a Mentee?
If you can answer "YES" to most of the following statements, you are
a great candidate Mentoring Program:
I'm responsible for my career goals and would enjoy the benefit
of a mentor's guidance to create a plan for success.
I'm ready to listen, but I'm also ready to share my ideas so it's a
give and take relationship.
I'm ready for objective feedback to consider new ideas and new
approaches suggested by my mentor.
I have realistic expectations for my mentor relationship. No one
is perfect and good relationships take honesty, effort and time.
I'm busy with home, work and/or school, but I'm ready to make a
commitment for my future by communicating with my mentor.
Are You Ready to be a Mentor?
If you can answer, "YES" to most of the following statements, you
are a great candidate for the Mentoring Program!
I will make a personal connection based on trust and mutual
respect and listen to my mentee's needs and concerns.
I will help my mentee to define career goals.
I will share my knowledge of to help my mentee in their career.
I will offer information, advice, references, and resources to
assist my mentee's needs.
I will offer constructive criticism, but allow my mentee to learn
from their mistakes.
If all this hasn’t
persuaded you join the
program and become a
Mentor or Mentee, there
is one more, slightly
selfish reason…
Being a Mentor or Mentee can save you
By earning
If you’re a PMP (or other flavor), you earn 1 PDU for
each mentor/mentee contact hour.
2 hrs per month x
12 months = 24 hours
24 hrs x $35 per PDU = $600
What you give you get, ten times
-Yoruba proverb
Mentoring Experiences
Dirk Lupien, PMP
Dwayne Miller, PMP
Eileen Cler, PMP
Thank you for your time!
Questions and Discussion

Mentoring Program Overview - Metropolitan St. Louis PMI Chapter