Pinnacle Award Winning Program
Mentoring Program Overview: The NOVA SHRM/Dulles SHRM Mentoring Program is a fusion of multiple mentoring techniques, including: group mentoring, peer mentoring, flash mentoring, and virtual mentoring. Our Pinnacle Award winning mentoring model is recognized by SHRM as a successful practice to replicate in other chapters. Our program director received the Greater Washington HR Leadership Award for Mentoring in 2008 and is a noted speaker on the topic of mentoring. We are proud to report that participation in our Mentoring Program has resulted in enhanced peer networking for 100 percent of our alumni. Within two years of program graduation, over 75 percent of our alumni have received promotions, lateral career moves, or new job opportunities. Approximately 85 percent of our alumni have served in leadership roles within one of the local SHRM chapters. Nearly 65 percent of our 2011 graduating class reported an improved "leadership presence."
Celebrating 15-Years of Peer-Group Mentoring!
To kick-off the NOVA SHRM/Dulles SHRM Mentoring Program 15-year anniversary, a special Hollywood Star-themed event was held at the on April 3, 2013 to reflect on the importance of mentoring, to recognize key contributors to the program, and to raise funds for the SHRM Foundation. Nearly 100 mentoring alumni, mentoring network members, and local chapter leaders were able to re-connect with one another at this monumental event.
Many thanks to our Gold Star sponsor, Helios HR, as well as our other sponsors for contributing to the event’s success: Dulles SHRM chapter, the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Sharp Rock Vineyards, Ben Stream Consulting, Traverse Management Solutions, The Ermi Group, The Essential HR Handbook, MetLife Insurance Company, United Concordia Dental, Primary Integration LLC, Federal Management Partners, ING Financial Services, Chipotle, Potomac Party Cruises, and the Hamilton Crowne Plaza in Washington, DC.
Download the April 3, 2013 Program of Events here!
Check out our 15-Year Mentoring Anniversary Video!
Please congratulate the following individuals who were recognized with special mentoring “star” awards:
Longtime Leadership of the Mentoring Program
Chas Sumser, Jim Murray, Chris Graham, Debbie Green, Meg Nelbach, Cindy Loison, John Viaralla, Melissa Cona, Mary Fetter, Paul Mohnkern, Jill Klaskin, Rich Delaquis, Shelly Geary, Robert Krajewski, Janet Nguyen, Nora Lauterbach, Deepa Aggarwal, Ann Siegel, Sam Russo, Mimi Shieh, and Chelsea Hutton
Longtime Contributions as a Coach to Mentoring Program Participants
Clarence Norment, Ellen Dunagan, Melanie Ott, Lori Ermi, Dana Pulley
Charter Dulles SHRM Members
Sherian Roggeband, Amy Rigney Gay, Adrianna Mattson
Charter Montgomery County SHRM Member
Program Management of the Mentoring Program Toolkit
Maggie Moore and Lindsay Muirhead
Special Contribution as a Pinnacle Award Mentor
Special Contribution as a Mentoring Program Graduate
Program Management of the Mentoring Anniversary Gala
Click here to see what the mentoring “star” award looks like!
New 2013 Mentoring Cohort Selected!
Congratulations to the following individuals: Jen Djouadi (NOVA), Beth vanBurk (Dulles), Ronda Hetterson (NOVA), Edie Freeman (Dulles), Michael Belanger (Dulles), Page Holland (Dulles), Michelle Forster (NOVA), Ash Ramgoolam (NOVA), Allison Address (NOVA), Meredith Clayton (NOVA), Chris Westbrook (Dulles), Cheryl Swans (NOVA), Jennifer Vinciguerra (NOVA), and Kia Chalmers (NOVA).
New Mentoring Program Video
Check out our recruitment video which is now on YouTube.
2012 Mentoring Program Graduates
Congratulations to the graduates of our 2012 mentoring program! They are Karen Randolph (NOVA), Tricia Kleber (Dulles), Kendra White (NOVA), Melissa Ferguson (NOVA), Linda Caporaletti Hoyt (Dulles), Michele Bosio (NOVA), Pia Hill (NOVA), Heidi Barry (Dulles), Doug Bogle (NOVA), Jackie Tutchen (NOVA), Michelle Cleavenger (NOVA), DRema McCoy (NOVA), Karl Dillinger (NOVA), Lauren Beall (NOVA).
Mentoring Program Objectives - The NOVA/Dulles Mentoring program's objectives include:
- Increasing the involvement of chapter members in professional development activities that they find meaningful
- Increasing participants knowledge of and practical experience in group mentoring, peer mentoring, and virtual mentoring
- Sharing knowledge and resources among participants, guest mentors, and alumni
- Developing the professionalism of chapter members so that they may increase the likelihood of promotions and other career moves
- Building a high potential talent pool for future chapter leaders
- Providing a sounding board for issues encountered by individuals engaged in HR activities
Mentoring Program Benefits - The NOVA/Dulles SHRM Mentoring Program can help to:
- Build a broad, collegiate network of HR professionals
- Identify options for overcoming career obstacles
- Learn collaborative peer-group mentoring and leadership coaching skills
- Gain access to the alumni network listserv and exclusive group LinkedIn page
- Earn 5 credits towards PHR/SPHR/GPHR recertification (Leadership Category)
Feedback from Mentoring Alumni - Mentoring Program alums consistently report satisfaction with the program, as demonstrated by some of the quotes below:
- “This is a well run and relevant program. Great people in this program!" (Kristin Berry, Class of 2005)
- "This program is a great networking tool and the peer mentor relationship that I formed was priceless. We will be friends forever!” (Lisa Roberts, Class of 2005)
- "I am a better HR professional because of the knowledge I collected from the meetings, speakers, and contact with other HR professionals." (Paul Mohnkern, Class of 2006)
- “I was able to learn quite a bit from my colleagues and added to my ever-expanding and very valuable network of human resource professionals whom I can call on if I have questions." (Lee Mariano, Class of 2006)
- "I learned a ton from the group meetings. I was able to bring something back to my company after every meeting." (Carrie Blackburn, Class of 2006)
- "Going in, there was no way to anticipate the impact this program would have for me. Meeting other HR professionals of varying levels and experience has been invaluable." (Amy Rigney-Gay, Class of 2007)
- “I believe that I have benefited tremendously from this program and I have recommended it to several other people I know. “ (John Viarella, Class of 2007)
Mentoring Program Requirements: Mentoring Program participants must 1) Be a member in good standing in either NOVA, Dulles, or Montgomery County SHRM; 2) complete an application, and 3) be accepted into the program by the Mentoring Selection and Matching Committee. Since the program is based on the principles of group mentoring, a minimum of three years of HR experience is preferred. The Mentoring Program desires individuals who seek challenges, take initiative, and accept personal responsibility.
Group Mentoring Meetings: Group mentoring links multiple individuals with one or more experienced colleagues. Group mentors share personal experiences and provide guidance and insight just like a one-on-one mentor would. We will hold 11 group mentoring meetings during the calendar year. You will be provided with an opportunity to learn from peers participating in the program as well as mentoring alumni and other seasoned professionals who will serve as flash mentors and lend insights during our group mentoring discussions.
Peer Mentor: A peer mentor is at a similar professional experience level, but with expertise in a subject area that their partner does not. A peer mentor provides feedback and helps their partner to improve on-the-job performance, working relationships, and personal satisfaction with work. Participants will be matched with a peer mentor during the program selection process. Matching is based on similar experience level, professional interests, and developmental goals. The role of the peer mentor is to assist his or her partner in making progress towards professional career goals (i.e., provide an accountability mechanism, provide support and guidance).
Mentoring Alumni Network: The alumni network is a trusted virtual mentoring community (listserv managed by the Mentoring Program Director as well as an exclusive group LinkedIn page). Virtual mentoring is self-directed; it provides performance support and fingertip knowledge. The alumni network is a virtual mentoring community comprised of current mentoring participants and alumni of the program. Network members provide HR advice and guidance, share best practices, and post job opportunities. Network members must abide by the SHRM Code of Ethics.
Leadership Development: Self-reflection activities are essential to building leadership presence. Participants will utilize books, articles, and exercises to explore their values, goals, and leadership behaviors.
Learning Assignments: Participants will be provided with assignments to enhance their professional development during the program. Activities may include reading books and articles on mentoring techniques or sharing links to relevant HR articles on our group LinkedIn page.
Mentoring and Coaching Resource Materials: Participants in the program will receive journal articles, books, and other tools related to mentoring and coaching.
Time Commitment: The NOVA/Dulles SHRM Mentoring Program requires a time commitment of approximately five hours per month.
For more information please e-mail the Mentoring Program Director, Mary Kitson, at email@example.com with the subject line “SHRM Mentoring Program”.