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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) MSL Society Mentoring Program


  1. What is the MSL Society Mentoring Program?


The MSL Society Mentoring Program is a dynamic, group format consisting of 2 co-mentors and 4-6 mentees. The group will self-govern in establishing monthly connections whereby information is exchanged, experiences shared and a learning dynamic established.  The MSL Mentoring Program is designed to help MSLs accelerated development and is not designed to be a substitute for internal management, HR or other services offered through Mentee’s company.


  1. How do I participate?


All participants must be members of MSL Society and currently in an MSL or MSL Leadership position.  An application survey must be submitted which gathers specific information on your needs/talents.  Applications are held in strict confidence and are used to create mentor/mentee groups.  All Mentor and Mentee participation is voluntary.  According to extensive research on formal mentoring programs the biggest mistake organizations make is forcing participation.   Formal mentoring programs work best when Mentors and Mentees feel that each will benefit


  1. Can I be both a Mentor and a Mentee?


When completing the survey, please choose either the mentor or mentee option.  Please know that the entire program is designed to be a true group dynamic. The educational spirit of the program and provided tools and insights at launch should ensure that every participant – regardless of role – learns and grows through this process both personally and professionally.  


  1. What is the commitment on my part to participate?


During the 12 month program individual groups should meet via webinar or conference call every other month. On the alternating months, 1:1 connections with one of the mentors should be scheduled.  All group members will also exchange contact information such that all participants serve as a resource for one another. In maintaining professional business ethics, no proprietary or confidential information will be discussed.  In creating a safe learning environment focused on personal growth and development, it is expected that the group members will always be respectful of each other and maintain confidentiality. The program will conclude with a mentoring program completion webinar and completion certificates will be awarded.


  1. Mentor expectations?


An ideal Mentor is a passionate, lifelong learner who is open-minded and empathetic.  A role model who is trusted and respected, the Mentor leads by example and creates a safe space for shared learning, insight and wisdom.  The environment created nurtures confidence, resilience, and strength while challenging unconstructive beliefs/attitudes thus helping the Mentee push limits and develop potential.  Mentors are expected to participate in formal training which occurs prior to the launch of the mentoring group. The Mentor supports Mentees as they identify and set specific goals and challenges Mentee to strive for excellence.   The monthly time commitment is 2-3 hours.  The Mentors will facilitate web or conference call group meetings every other month.  The opposite months Mentors will connect on 1:1 calls with mentees.  Additionally, someone from the mentoring committee will connect with Mentors with on a monthly basis to provide ongoing support and resources.  


  1. Mentee expectations?


The mentoring groups are Mentee-driven. The Mentee must own the process, takes initiative, and be accountable.  The monthly time commitment is 2 hours per month spent in either group calls or 1:1 calls.  The Mentee is expected to schedule monthly calls with other Mentees in the group and every other month calls with Mentors. They should be open and honest and exhibit a willing to listen, observe, learn and grow from examples of others.  


  1. How does the MSL Society identify mentoring groups?


While the process of identifying groups is not an exact science, all groups will be designed to maximize the opportunities for MSL Society members to benefit from others experiences.  The Mentoring Committee reviews information provided to best arrange Mentors and Mentees in groups.  The Mentor/Mentee match process considers data such as geographical locations, Mentee needs and Mentor expertise, diversity, company affiliation (so people are comfortable to speak their minds).  Do expect a common theme with each group, but do not expect a perfect match of all criteria, the power of our program is to broaden everyone’s horizons.  Each group will have one mentoring committee member assigned as their point of contact.   Best practices from productive groups will be shared as the program progresses.


  1. How can I ensure I get what I need from this Mentoring Program?


Quite simply – participate! You will get out of this program what you put into it. Commit to attending group meetings and scheduling individual connections for the year timeframe. Willingly bring your experiences and challenges to the table to share. Listen and learn. And above all else – be part of that educational spirit.



For additional questions, please feel free to contact: Christine Vaupel, MSL Mentoring Program Director, christine.vaupel@gmail.com




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