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IIBEC Project Excel – Mentoring Within the Profession

Professional development is ongoing throughout an individual’s career. 

Project Excel is a mentorship program intended to benefit both mentors and mentees at any stage in their career by building social capital in terms of networking, the sharing of professional resources, assisting with career development opportunities, and to establish beneficial long-term professional relationships within the building enclosure profession.

Eligibility

Mentors:

  • Must be an active member of IIBEC for at least 2 years;
  • Should participate in local chapter;
  • Must have significant experience, and be either employed in, or retired from the building enclosure industry;
  • Must have time available for a minimum of one hour each month to dedicate to the program for the duration of the mentorship period;
  • Must complete mentor application.

Mentees:

  • Must be an active member of IIBEC, this includes student memberships;
  • Must be employed or seeking employment in the building enclosure industry;
  • Must have time available for a minimum of one hour each month to dedicate to the program for the duration of the mentorship period;
  • Must complete mentee application.

Timeline of Program:

September 1, 2023:
Mentor application submission portal opens

 

December 1, 2023:
Mentee application period opens

 

January 31, 2024:
Mentee application period closes

 

February 2024:
IIBEC Emerging Professionals Committee reviews applications and begins pairing process

End of February-Beginning of March 2024:
Mentor/Mentee Pairings Announced

 

March – September 2024:
Mentor/Mentees expected to meet for at least one hour each month.

 

September 2024:
Program closes

 

November 2024:
Round-table virtual meetings to be scheduled to gain feedback and recommendations for following year

Where do you fit?

Is there an experience or age limit on being a mentor?

No. There is value in experience no matter what point in your career you’re in.  A mentee may be looking for someone who has recently paved the road in establishing their career, or looking for someone who has a lifetime of experience to share.

 

Is there an experience or age limit to being a mentee?

No.  Professional development begins as a student and might not end until it’s time to consider succession planning.

 

Can I be both a mentor and mentee?

Absolutely!  You’re welcome to apply for both roles, just submit one of each application.

The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.  – Steven Spielberg

For any questions, please contact Director of Regional and Chapter Relations, Tara Cottle.