Orange County Branch Newsletter
Speed Mentoring Event
By: Gibson Phan, Michael Baker International
ASCE Orange County (OC) Branch and YMF continued with the 2nd year of their successful Mentorship Program by inaugurating the next class of Mentors and Protégés with their first event of the year on November 4th and 5th, 2015. Due to this year’s large group of participants, the event was split up into a two day event separating individuals by career field. The program participants were invited to attend a Speed-Networking Event where each Mentor and Protégé would have an opportunity to sit with their potential partner for a short one-on-one session to ask details about the each other’s career background and goals to determine if they would be a good fit for their career development objectives. This provided Protégés with an opportunity to discuss expectations and goals they had for the upcoming year. As the first event for this program year, the event served to answer any questions about the program and provide tips for a successful Mentor-Protégé relationship. At the end of the speed networking event, Mentors and Protégés selected their top three choices of who they would like to be paired with for the rest of the year. The feedback from the Protégés was positive as all participants were excited for the upcoming year and the prospective of working closely with their future Mentors.
The ASCE OC Mentorship Program typically starts in the Fall of each year and selects approximately 20 Mentors and Protégés for pairing. This program is open to all currently employed or retired ASCE OC members who apply to be a part of the program. Sponsorship of the program is encouraged for any company who would like to have a few minutes at an upcoming mentorship event(s) to talk about their company in front of several high-level engineers in both the public and private sector.
If you’re interested in being a part of the program in future years as a Mentor or Protégé, or interested in volunteering to be a part of the committee, please contact either Kathleen Higgins or Michael Pierce. More information about the program can also be found on the mentorship webpage (http://www.asceoc.org/committees/professional_development/mentorship).