What is the Mentor Circle Program?
The Mentor Circle Program is a pilot project of the Ivey Alumni Network (IAN) based in the Greater Toronto Area. It is a volunteer-driven program that allows the IAN to promote continuous professional and personal enrichment by connecting alumni with each other. The Circles provide access to broader perspectives and insights from fellow alumni and are meant to drive rich learning and development experiences for both mentees and mentors.
How does the Mentor Circle Program Work?
Mentor Circles pair three to five mentees with one or two mentors for group mentorship. The Circles are organized by theme and can be diverse in groupings, i.e. by industry, career progression, personal affinity, etc.
The program is run annually and will last for eight months from October to June.
Once Circles are established, participants will get to know each other and determine how they will work together for the duration of the Program. Participants are expected to discuss each other’s expectations and goals for the Circle. Circles are expected to meet three times throughout the program, this discussion should include an agreement on the timing and location of future meetings, and determine preferred communication channels and preferences for meetings i.e. in-person, via Skype, via conference call, etc.
After the initial discussion, participants will attend their meetings, flexible to the needs of each participant, organized by the mentees who will take ownership to set the agenda for each meeting. At the onset of each meeting, the group will nominate a mentee to coordinate the next meeting.
Participants will attend three meetings throughout the year.
Mentors and mentees will be asked to participate in a mid and post-program evaluation. Mentors and mentees are free to continue the mentoring relationship without support from the IAN as they see fit after the conclusion of the eight-month Program.
What are the responsibilities of the participants?
All participants are expected to:
- Honour their commitments by showing appreciation for each other time and investment in this Program. If you can’t make a meeting, let your mentor and peers know.
- Communicate clearly and respectfully. Be willing and open to the ideas of others, accept constructive feedback and consider the perspectives of your mentors and peers.
- Keep all conversations within the Mentor Circle confidential.
As a mentor you are expected to:
- Guide and counsel the mentees in your mentoring circle.
- Share experiences, insights and organizational savvy to benefit the group.
- Give mentees your time, energy, commitment and engagement.
- Be open to providing feedback and to learning from the mentees.
- Hold your group accountable for: organizing meetings, leading meaningful discussions and fully participating.
- Contribute to Program evaluation.
As a mentee you are expected to:
- Own the organization of all meetings, agendas and all logistics.
- Determine as a group, prior to meeting, the topics for discussion.
- Participate with a strong commitment to the success of the Program.
- Ask for feedback and use learnings to support your development.
- Actively participate in post-program evaluation survey.
- Be clear on how your Mentor can be most helpful to you, come prepared in advance so that the time is spent wisely.
How does the Mentor Circle Program benefit participants?
As a mentor you will:
- Be an effective and passionate leader and coach.
- Share your personal and professional experience to support the groups’ development.
- Learn from the experiences of fellow alumni.
As a mentee you will:
- Build valuable connections across the Ivey Alumni Network.
- Support your personal and professional development.
- Build skills and enhance your network.