Seasoned professionals, share your wisdom with an up-and-coming planner (or two). Help build a strong career foundation and connect with the APA community.

Tips for Proteges

Before the Conference

Contact your mentor, they are willing to give you their time, let them know you are ready.

Introduce yourself with your LinkedIn and MyAPA profiles.

Clarify your expectations. Why do you want to be mentored?

Think about your career goals; how will you get there? How can your mentor help?

Identify questions to ask and topics you want to discuss.

At the Mixer and After

Meet your mentor at the Mentor Match Mixer on Sunday, April 22 from 5:30–7:00 pm in the Hilton Riverside, Magazine Room.

Share your expectations.

Schedule a one-on-one meeting later at NPC18.

Be mindful of your mentor's time.

Listen and contribute to conversations, and accept constructive feedback.

Listen to the webinar on making the most of your mentoring experience.

How to Make the Most of Mentor Relationship

Webinar for APA members to ask questions and learn how to make the most of your experience with a mentor. Coleen Gentles, GIS analyst with the Sidewalks and Special Projects Division of the City of Austin Public Works Department takes questions and shares her experience as a mentee. She is joined by her current mentor David Paine, PTP, AICP, Transportation + Urban Planning for Freese and Nichols, Inc. Together they will provide insights and tips on how to navigate working with a mentor. This webinar is open to all who are current or prospective mentees.

Learning Objectives:

  • After participating in this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Gain insight on the mentoring experience
  • Know how to prepare for working with a mentor
  • Set goals for the mentoring relationship

Listen to the webinar
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Tips for Mentors

Before the Conference

Respond to your protege and introduce yourself with your LinkedIn and MyAPA profiles.

Confirm your first meeting at the Mentor Match Mixer on Sunday, April 22 from 5:30–7:00 pm in the Hilton Riverside, Magazine Room.

Introduce yourself, send links to your LinkedIn and MyAPA profiles.

Identify NPC18 sessions and social events to attend with your protege.

At the Mixer and After

Get to know each other.

Schedule a one-on-one meeting later at NPC18.

Suggest ways your protege can get involved at APA.

Make introductions.

Read the Tips for Mentors blog post.

Listen to a webinar for mentors.

Mentoring at APA

Webinar for APA members to learn about the responsibilities, commitment, and the role a mentor plays at APA. Richard Willson, FAICP, author of A Guide for the Idealist: How to Launch and Navigate Your Planning Career and the Idealist blog series leads the webinar to provide insights and tips on how to navigate the mentor experience. This webinar is open to all who volunteer to mentor through APA.

Learning Objectives:

  • Build and support effective mentoring relationships
  • Facilitate reflective thinking
  • Provide objective guidance and feedback from personal experience

Listen to the webinar
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