Mentoring Program

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The IA Institute Mentoring program is one of our major benefits of membership. Our current list of mentors totals over 100 people from around the world with diverse industry experience. Our program is a self-directed mentoring program for members of the IA Institute. What this means is that we offer a list of prospective mentors and will make introductions, if requested, rather than serve as matchmakers. We solicit participation from mentors who provide profiles on our Member Center site for you to review and encourage you to contact mentors who are of interest to you directly to ensure that they can offer you mentoring in your areas of interest. Because everyone's needs and interests are unique and particularly since IA professionals tend to come from various backgrounds, we feel this approach is best suited for our organization. It also encourages developing networking skills that are vital to our young industry.

We are working on developing resources for participating in mentoring networking events, such as peer coaching/listen 'n' learn sessions and speed mentoring. In addition, we offer an IAI-Mentoring discussion list for IAI members participating in the program and an open, UX-Management discussion list which serves as a peer to peer network for UX/IA managers, and schedule periodic phone sessions and online workshops. Links to these lists and other resources are available below.


Mentoring Leader: Noreen Whysel
Mentoring Coordinator: OPEN
Mentoring Webmaster: Open

Volunteer Opportunities

Mentoring Program Manager: The leader of the mentoring program will manage a volunteer team to administer and develop improvements to the current mentoring system to ensure fruitful and timely communication among participants.

Mentoring Program Coordinator: Along with the project manager, you will review new registrations, suggest potential mentor matches and make introductions where necessary. You will provide monthly updates to members on mentor availability and new program features. This position requires some experience with mentoring, since often our protégé applicants need assistance in developing goals and approaching mentor candidates.

Mentoring Program Website/Database Developer: You will work with the IA Institute technology team to develop requirements/recommendations for integrating mentoring system functionality into the new member database system (Drupal based) which will replace our current system.

The IA Is In: Our mentoring twitter account, @IAisIN, is our communication channel for the mentoring program. We are seeking volunteers to serve as guest mentors on @IAisIN for short periods on a scheduled basis.

Mentoring Resource Manager: We would like to create a set of downloadable documents that mentors, proteges and group leaders can use as resources and to create local programs. We need an editor and graphic designers to work with the mentoring team to develop these materials.

Contact mentoring[at] if you are interested in helping out in any of the above roles.

Mentors: You can register as a mentor by filling out our Mentor Registration Form. Additional opportunities for mentors include hosting local mentoring groups, such as peer coaching or speed networking events. Visit our Mentoring website for event planning resources.

To join the team, contact mentoring[at]iainstitut[dot]org.


Registration Forms:

Mentor Registration Survey
Protégé Registration Survey

Useful Mentoring Links:

IAI Mentoring Program
What is Mentoring?
What to Expect?
How to Choose a Mentor
Peer Coaching
Speed Mentoring

Discussion Lists:

IAI-Mentoring Email Discussion List
UX-Management Email Discussion List

Local Groups (great way to meet mentors/protégés):

Local Groups Student Groups IA Institute Local Groups web page
Local Group FAQ
How to Start and Promote Your Local Group


Other suggested links...feel free to add resouces below:

Tips and Ideas for Mentors/Mentees
Triple Creek's Masterful Mentoring Newsletters\TeacherNet UK Mentoring Resources (youth focus, but good 101 resources) (youth focus
The Coaching Network, UK, Articles on mentoring
Exemplas: Mentoring Resources Career Planning: Why you should have a mentor
Last edited 24 Feb 2011 by whysel