2019 Mentor/Protégé Program

PMIWDC Mentor/Protégé Program

Thank you for your interest in the PMI Washington DC (PMIWDC) Mentor Protégé Program. The application deadline was February 11, so we are no longer accepting applications. This is an annual program, so check back in next year if you did not make it in time.

The PMIWDC Mentor Protégé Program is a members-only program intended to encourage career growth for PMIWDC Chapter members. The program is a one-on-one relationship between a seasoned PMP professional and a developing project management professional to develop the additional skills needed to meet the evolving demands of our profession. 

During the six-month formal program duration, the Mentor and Protégé team will focus on developing and enhancing project management competencies embodied in the PMI Talent Triangle. (i.e., technical project management, leadership, and strategic and business management.

The PMIWDC Mentor Protégé Program initiated a military transition mentoring program in 2017. This provides veterans, interested in joining the program management profession, the opportunity to be paired with a mentor with a military background.

The PMIWDC Mentor Protégé Program

Mentoring is a developmental partnership through which one person shares knowledge, skills, information, and perspective to foster personal and professional growth of someone else. PMIWDC PMP professionals volunteer as mentors to assist in the professional development of PMIWDC members that seek to enhance their program management knowledge and skills. 

The three components of a mentor protégé relationship are:

  • Protégé
  • Mentor
  • Mentor/Protégé relationship

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 main 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 available
  • Be a listener
  • Is a source of constructive feedback
  • Is a “safe’ person for a protégé to go to
  • Should share relevant experiences and insights as appropriate
  • Challenge the protégé to think for herself

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:

  • Poor communications
  • Lack of commitment
  • Personality differences
  • Perceived (or real) competition
  • Conflict of interest

Eligibility Requirements

  • Maintain PMIWDC Chapter membership throughout the program period
  • Attend and participate in program activities and complete requirements
  • Applicants to the military transition mentor protégé program must be serving or have served in the US Armed Forces.

How the Program Works

The program matches project management protégés to work with seasoned PMP professionals who can best support their developmental needs.

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 team 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 Check-In meetings.  

The Kick off session and the two Check-In sessions will be at the Virginia Tech Research Center located at 900 North Glebe Road, Arlington Virginia.  

Protégé Program Participation Fee: 

$150.00 is required from all selected Protégé applicants for 2019. Military protégés will receive a $50 discount. This fee will be applied to cover administration.  

Professional Development Units (PDU) Credit:

Mentors will be awarded Category Q PDU credits for giving back to the profession and the Chapter
Protégés will be awarded Category C PDU credits as self-directed learning

2019 Program Schedule

7 January thru 11 February 2019 – Application Period
11 February thru 1 March 2019: Mentor/Protégé matching
18 April 2019: Kick-off meeting, Orientation and Training, Virginia Tech Research Center (2 + hours)
13 June 2019: Check-in, Face-to-face Meeting, Virginia Tech Research Center (1.5 hours)
15 August 2019: Final Face-to-face Meeting, Virginia Tech Research Center (1.5 hours)
17 October 2019: Lessons Learned Session, Location TBD (1+ hours)

Program Participant Testimonials

The PMIWDC Mentor Protégé Program is in its 7th Year.  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 Protége

“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

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