Mentorship Programs

The PMI Durham Highlands Mentorship Programs

Experience the POWER of a 1-to-1 Mentorship Partnership

At PMI Durham Highlands (PMI-DHC), we are committed to supporting mentoring in our community and recognize mentoring as an integral component of learning and development. Our chapter continues to create a community culture of learning and personal growth in which project management professional development is prioritized for all. Our mentorship programs contribute to this culture and are designed specifically to support busy professionals and aspiring project managers. These programs are focused on overall Project Management career-related development — supporting individuals with reaching their career goals.

Please take advantage of our Mentorship Program by registering today. In this program, Mentors and Mentees are partnered to build a “one-to-one” mentoring relationship through commitment, mutual trust, respect, and communication. Together they will establish goals/objectives and an action plan tailored specifically to the Mentee’s learning needs and the Mentor’s strengths.

When are the Mentorship Programs at PMI-DHC?

At PMI-DHC we believe the most successful and influential people in each industry have mentors, and also mentor others. Therefore, we offer two separate mentoring opportunities in the spring and fall, to support our participant's Career Goals, Professional and Leadership Development. The first ten-week virtual program will be held in the spring of 2021 and the second program in the fall of 2021. Previous programs have been highly successful as indicated by the percentage of returning participants. The spring 2021 program will begin on Saturday, March 6, 2021, running for ten weeks and ending on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Details of the fall program will be provided late summer 2021.

How Are the Programs Structured?

Mentors and Mentees establish goals/objectives and develop an action plan that is driven by the Mentee's learning needs and the Mentor's strengths. The Mentor/Mentee meetings will be guided by the agreed upon action plan.

Each program also has a theme that is driven by the PMI® Talent Triangle. The Spring 2021 Program will focus on Strategic & Business Management with a particular focus on Business Acumen. Guest speakers, resources, tools and activities will be shared throughout the program to support the theme selected for the program. And, of course, a focus on Project Management skills is inherent in the program.

Spring 2021 Program

Build a personalized plan to help navigate the one-to-one sessions with your Mentor, focusing on the skills and competencies to help with your professional journey. Gain a better understanding of business acumen, what it really means and why it is important for project managers.

  • March 6, 2021: Orientation Session
  • March 13, 2021: Mentor Session and Mentee Session
  • April 10, 2021: Checkpoint Session
  • May 15, 2021: Final Checkpoint Session
  • March 6 to May 15, 2021: One-to-One Mentorship Sessions

What are the benefits of registering for the Program?

Benefits derived from the program for both the Mentor and Mentee are tied directly to the effort and commitment the participants contribute to the relationship and the mentorship team as a whole. As a participant in the program, you will have a unique opportunity to gain valuable business, corporate, organizational, and personal insight that will enable you to grow as an individual and as a project management leader. You will be joining a mentorship community which includes up to four (4) virtual meetings per program, several 1:1 sessions between the Mentor and Mentee, and PDUs aligned to one or more of the critical areas on PMI’s Talent Triangle.

Who should register for the Program?

Mentors and Mentees – those who want to learn more about Project Management and those who have the experience to share – should consider registering for one of this year’s programs. 

  • Through one-to-one pairings, Mentors and Mentees work on a mentoring plan to share and discuss project management concepts, knowledge, skills and their applicability in the real world.
  • The orientation and checkpoint sessions add value to the pairing through the creation of a community of practice, and an interactive learning approach which augments the mentorship partnership.
  • Mentor's and Mentee's will be uniquely supported through one virtual session each, dedicated to best practices and tips to make the most of their engagement in the program.
  • Pairings will be encouraged to attend at least one of PMI-DHC’s monthly chapter meeting during the course of the program to learn more from their peers and learn about other chapter offerings.

What does it mean to be a Mentee?

Mentees are any individual with interest in learning more about project management. When you register to participate in the PMI-DHC Mentorship Program as a Mentee, you are asking another individual to commit to an extended duration to assist you in your project management growth and development. 

As a Mentee, you will also contribute to the relationship through the knowledge and experience you impart to your Mentor, helping him/her grow as a leader. In this role, it is imperative that you recognize and respect the commitment both you and your Mentor have made to the program for the duration of the mentoring relationship.

There are no certification requirements to participate as a Mentee.

Benefits of being a Mentee include:

  • Being encouraged and empowered in personal development
  • Gain support to identify and achieve career goals
  • Receive support to identify and correct gaps in generic skills and knowledge
  • Increase your confidence
  • Develop and maintain a broader perspective on career options and opportunities
  • Have access to a senior role model
  • Develop your mentoring/coaching skills
  • Upon 10-week program completion — earn up to 15 PDUs

What does it mean to be a Mentor?

Mentors are facilitators and catalysts in the process of discovery and insight. When you register to participate in the PMI-DHC Mentorship Program as a Mentor, you are committing to assist in the growth and development of another individual in the project management profession.

The Mentee will come to rely on you for guidance, advice, and counselling. In this role, it is imperative that you recognize and respect the commitment you’ve made to the program and to the Mentee with whom you are partnered for the duration of the mentoring relationship. As a Mentor, one of your primary objectives is to equip your Mentee with the ability to problem solve, versus solving their problems.

Benefits of being a Mentor include:

  • Improve communication and personal skills
  • Develop leadership and management qualities
  • Reinforce your own knowledge of Project Management
  • Increase your confidence and motivation
  • Engage in a volunteering opportunity, valued by employers
  • Enhance your CV
  • Gain recognition for your skills and experience
  • Benefit from a sense of fulfillment and personal growth
  • Upon 10-week program completion — earn up to 15 PDUs


"Being new to the Canadian job market, I was looking for a Mentor who can guide me in understanding the culture and crack the job interview. I’m very happy that I made the right decision by joining the Durham Highland Chapter’s fall mentoring program. My mentor, Mr. Leonardo J., clearly understood my goals and gave valuable advice. Within a few sessions, he has helped me in reassessing my key strengths and how to project those. I find Leonardo very affable, proactive and a motivator. The mentoring program has given me with much-needed reflection and I’m now more focused and confident in achieving my goal. My special thanks to the support team without whom this program would not be successful.” Sameer M., Mentee

"The Mentoring Program was great. It made me so happy to be able to act as a Mentor and share knowledge with my Mentees. We all learned and it was such a positive experience. The intro and checkpoint sessions were also wonderful with our guest speakers who shared so much relevant experience. I found it just perfect. Thank you to the Organizing Committee and the Durham PMI Chapter.” Jane Z., Mentor

"When I signed up for the mentoring program, I was looking for guidance regarding the proper formats for the project management documentation, as I was not familiar enough with them in the wild. Having only recently obtained my CAPM, jumping from an IT background, I was somewhat unsure. I received extremely helpful critique and guidance on my current project management documentation. In addition, I was also enlightened to other certifications which apply to my skillset, received advice which led me to a better tact regarding career advancement, and just great conversations. Beyond what I was looking for, and definitely what I needed. I am very grateful for all of their efforts.” Linda D., Mentee

"The Fall Mentoring Sessions was one of the best offerings of the PMI-Durham Highlands Chapter. I got paired with the right mentor who helped me immensely by providing some valuable tips, advice and motivated me to step out of my comfort zone and strive for bigger and better. I'd definitely recommend this program to anyone who wants to jumpstart their careers and take it to the next level." Chiraag S., Mentee

How much time do Mentors/Mentees spend in their pairings?

Mentors and Mentees will spend a minimum of five hours over the course of the 10 weeks (in addition to the time allotted concurrently at the orientation and checkpoint sessions), developing and working through their mentorship action plan. This can be done virtually (phone or zoom) or face-to-face while abiding by the pandemic protocols in place in their town/city.

What happens at the Orientation Session?

Mentors and Mentees will review materials in advance and come together for an initial orientation at the beginning of the program. The session will cover the requirements of the program and some of the basics about mentorship. Time will be allocated to facilitate introductions and networking within the pairings and as a mentorship group. Content supporting the theme for the session will be woven throughout.

What are the Checkpoint Meetings for?

The checkpoint meetings will offer continued opportunities to explore concepts designed to augment the full benefits of this two-way partnership throughout the mentoring journey. These sessions also allow the team to discuss successes and challenges, network, socialize and engage in additional learning based on the theme for the session. The final checkpoint focuses on hearing from Mentors/Mentees and gathering their feedback on the program.

How do I Register?

When registration is open, follow the simple three (3) step process:

(1) Register as either a Mentor or Mentee and submit payment.
(2) Complete the Mentorship Program Form and update your Resumé so we can match Mentors with Mentees.
(3) Submit the Mentorship Program Form and your Resumé to the Mentorship Chair.

Pricing (includes taxes)

  • $28.00 Mentor/Mentee (Member, log in for member price)
  • $39.00 Mentor/Mentee (Non-member/Guest)
  • $20.00 Mentor/Mentee (Student/Guest, student number required)