PMIWDC Mentor/Protege Program Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the PMI Washington, DC Mentor/Protégé Program! Below is additional information on the program and a form to submit your interest.

The Mentor Program is a members-only program intended to encourage career growth for members of the PMI Washington, DC Chapter through a series of quality discussions. Spaces are limited and will be granted on a first-come first-served basis. Individuals who are not selected to participate in the upcoming program will be eligible to participate in a future program.

What are Mentors and Protégés?

A Mentor is defined as a person who is committed and able to share knowledge and experience in a manner that may lead to enhanced performance by positively affecting another's professional and/or personal growth.

A Protégé is defined as a committed person who seeks direction from a Mentor or benefits from his/her experience and lessons learned. Protégés must be active members of PMIWDC.

Program Participation Requirements:

  • Maintain PMIWDC Chapter membership throughout the program.
  • Complete the online program registration.
  • Attend and participate in program activities and requirements

Mentor Requirements:

  • Seasoned / Experienced in the professional Project Management field (certified, licenced, length of experience, etc.).
  • Meet program requirements and coordinate with designated protege throughout the Mentoring Program period.
  • Commit 3-5 hours/month for mentoring activities.

Protege Requirements:

  • Interest and commitment to proactively coordinate with and meet with designated mentor throughout the mentoring program period.
  • Commit 3-5 hours/month for mentoring activities.


Characteristics for Success

Mentors AND Protégés:

  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Recognize and value individual differences
  • Listen and ask questions
  • Provide honest, constructive feedback and be receptive to receiving feedback


Mentors are expected to:

Protégés are expected to:

  • Offer challenging ideas
  • Act as a sounding board
  • Coach and teach by example
  • Share networking strategies
  • Help build self-confidence
  • Offer encouragement and wise counsel
  • Initiate contact with the mentor
  • Take initiative in managing the relationship
  • Be open to new ideas and approaches
  • Assess abilities objectively
  • Take action to modify behaviors and develop skills
  • Set and work towards goals and take responsibility for own development


Read about the 2017 Mentorship Program or apply to be a Mentor or a Protoge.


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