ABOUT The chapter Mentorship Program

Coaching Pods and Pilot Program:  PMI-SD is piloting a new mentorship format.  Limited spots are available in a Coaching Pod focused on Military Veterans Transition to Non-Military Careers.  For more information on the program, refer to Coaching Pods.

The program partners chapter members who are early project managers with more experienced project managers. The partners work together on a mentoring plan to share and discuss Project Management concepts, knowledge, skills, and their applicability in the real world. Based on the number of submitted applications, the mentorship committee will determine when to hold the next mentorship matching session.   There is no charge to apply or participate in the mentorship program if selected.

What is a Mentor?

A mentor is a professional project manager with over four years of experience, who voluntarily provides friendly manner advice to less experienced project management practitioners

What is a Mentee?

A mentee is a newcomer to the project management profession or someone with limited experience who is looking to obtain advice from a seasoned professional.

How does the mentoring program work?

There are 2 types of programs available:

1. Advice Session (1-2 meetings) - Mentees looking to meet with an experienced project manager to obtain advice on a specific topic (e.g., project management career advancement, job search strategies, PMP preparation tips, etc.)

2. Multiple-Month Program (4-6 months) – Mentees develop a development plan and meet 1-2 times per month over 4 to 6-months to complete that development plan.


All participants in the program must submit an application to the mentorship committee. Mentors / Mentees must provide background, contact/ relevant information, and experience by downloading forms online or contact [email protected].

Mentors will be drawing on their own experiences to share stories and advice along with pointers to other resources that they think would be helpful to your Mentee. Mentees, in return, will share their experiences, ideas, and knowledge they gain from their Mentors. Also, any tools and techniques that both work well between Mentor and Mentee.

Mentors and mentees will be requested to provide feedback about their advice session or multiple-month mentorship experience and lessons learned to the mentorship committee.

Testimonials from Previous Program Participants


Jay Miller, Mentor

“The PMI-SD Mentorship Program was extremely enjoyable for me. I feel I benefitted as much or more than my Mentee. It obviously helps to have a Mentee that is dedicated to the PM profession with a wide array of experiences. I would recommend this program to anyone that wants to improve their network in the PM world!!!”

Lisa Thompson, Mentor

“The PMI-SD Mentorship Program is a great venue for sharing experiences, successes, and opportunities for improvement. It provides an avenue for professional development for both the mentor and the mentee. It also provides a confidential way to obtain advice and guidance and an opportunity to develop ideas with an unbiased source. The PMI-SD Mentorship Program is an especially great way for a new or developing Project Manager to learn from someone who is more experienced in their PM career. I would highly recommend this program to others.”

Pleshette Fambrough, Mentee

“I really enjoyed the experience. Lisa was a great mentor. She’s very knowledgeable and helpful and interested in my success. The program definitely met my expectations and I think I learned a lot of useful skills being paired with Lisa. The goals we laid out at the beginning I believe were met and I’m very satisfied with the overall experience.”

Michelle Lagos, Mentee

“I am incredibly pleased with my experience in the mentorship program. During the time in the program, I was able to get advice on qualifying for my certification test, as well as get help with the confidence to take the test. 

It’s lovely to interact with someone who has been in the project management field for years and to learn about their journey. The project management world/industry is in the middle of a great expansion, and it’s nice to have a mentor who can help clear the clutter between programs, training, and fields.”