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The Career Development SIG is excited to announce the launch of the 2021 Mentorship Program for ATD NYC members. After a successful pilot in 2020, this program offers a unique learning opportunity for our members to learn from each other, build stronger relationships within ATD NYC and to capitalize on the wealth of knowledge that resides in our chapter. This is a particularly relevant offering for members who are new to the Talent Development field or are considering moving into the field.

Here is what some of our members who took part in our pilot Mentorship Program last year had to share:

Kristen Sprotte – Mentee: “I can’t recommend the mentorship program at ATD NYC enough! The areas I wanted to focus on and my mentor’s expertise lined up perfectly. At each session, I shared a real-time problem I was having at work and my mentor gave me targeted suggestions that I was able to apply immediately. As a result of the knowledge and skills I gained from our sessions, I built a self-study program into a jam-packed 4-week onboarding agenda and developed the framework for a soft skills training curriculum. In addition, she directed me towards countless resources in the L&D space and opened my eyes to new theories about the modern learner. I am so thankful.”

Deborah Borlam – Mentee: “As an early career professional, ATD’s Mentorship program gave me the opportunity to form a working relationship with a mid-career professional who shared his acquired wisdom. I would recommend this program to early career professionals who need guidance in their transition from academic settings/college/grad school to the world of work.”

Gabrielle Bayme Mentor: “The ATD NYC Mentorship program has been the most rewarding mentoring program I've ever participated in. I was matched with a mentee that was hungry for the exact type of knowledge I've spent years accumulating and have been eager to share. What was most rewarding was that my mentee was able to actively apply the tools and tips I shared with her to her real-life projects in between our sessions. This program is not only a great opportunity for those new in the field to receive mentoring but also for seasoned professionals to influence the next generation of learning professionals.”

The ATD NYC 2021 Mentorship Program is sponsored and led by the Career Development SIG Co-Chairs:

Barbara Phillips and Rob Hellman

Program Requirements

  • You MUST be a current member in good standing at the time of applying for the program AND commit to being a member throughout 2021

  • You MUST be willing to adhere to the time commitment of Five 1-hour mentoring sessions during Jun-Dec, 2021 (approximately one session / month)

  • You MUST be available for Three 60-90 min Zoom sessions OR view the recordings: Kick-Off Meeting, Mentor Matching and Mid-Point Check-in

  • Mentees MUST take personal ownership of their learning experience

  • Based on feedback from the 2020 Mentorship Program Pilot, we are recommending that all selected Mentees create SMART goals for what they want to accomplish in the program (in collaboration with their Mentor). We’ll provide more information during the Kick-Off meeting as well as ideas for how to best use your time with your Mentor.

NOTE: If you applied to the 2020 ATD NYC Mentorship Program Pilot, and we were unable to find a suitable Mentor match, you will need to apply again in 2021. We will do our best to prioritize your application with the caveat that matching is dependent on the number of Mentors, the skills they can offer, and Mentee needs.

    Program Overview

    • March – April 9: Applications Completed

    • April 22nd: Mentor-Mentee Match Zoom Meeting (60-90 min - evening)

    • All potential Mentors need to make a good faith effort to attend live

    • All potential Mentees are strongly encouraged to attend live

    • Each Mentor will give a 3-minute “pitch” on current role, career highlights and the capabilities and skills they offer

    • Mentees will assess each Mentor for a possible “good fit” and submit their top choices to Barbara Phillips and Rob Hellman

    • NOTE: Mentors who are unable to attend the live session will have their career highlights and capabilities shared by Barbara and Rob from their application and LinkedIn profile

    • NOTE: Mentees who are unable to attend the live session will have ONE WEEK to review the Zoom recording and submit their top choices to Barbara and Rob

    • Early-Mid May: Mentors will review the application data and LinkedIn profiles of interested Mentees to determine an optimal match and notify Barbara and Rob

    • Mid-End May: Application data for all unmatched Mentors and Mentees will be reviewed by Barbara and Rob to identify potential matches

    • End May: All Mentor-Mentee matches will be finalized and participants notified. All applicants for whom a suitable match could not be made will be notified.

    • Mid June: Kick-Off Meeting for Mentors and Mentees (60-90 min - evening)

    • Mid July: Optional “Ask Me Anything” Zoom session: particularly for applicants not matched, but open to all, we will provide an opportunity for mentors and other experienced ATD NYC members to share their expertise and guidance with less experienced members

    • Sept: Mid-Point “How’s It Going?” 60 min Zoom Meeting for all Mentors and Mentees

    • Oct: Optional “Ask Me Anything” Zoom session

    • Early Dec: Program Feedback Survey

    • Jan 2022: Live Feedback / 2022 Enhancements Zoom Meeting for all Mentors and Mentees

    Application Process

    Please review the program requirements carefully to ensure you meet them prior to applying. You must meet all requirements for your application to be considered.

    Applications are due by EOD Friday, April 9th. No late applications will be accepted.

    To apply as a Mentor, Mentee or Both, please complete the short application below:

    ATD NYC – 2021 Mentorship Program Application

    Telephone: 212.479.7397

    ATD New York City Chapter
    105 W 86th St #347
    New York, NY  10024-3444
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