Mentoring Program

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The FICPA Mentoring Program is an initiative of the FICPA’s Women in Leadership Committee and is OPEN to ALL FICPA MEMBERS, regardless of gender. Mentoring is for everyone and works best when it includes a diverse cross-section of our professional members.

Mentoring doesn’t require a large time commitment—only 30 minutes per month.

A call for Mentors and Protégés takes place via email or by visiting the FICPA website in April.  Mentoring/Protégé matches are confirmed via email in June for a one year commitment – July through June.

Mentoring is both a Give and Grow opportunity with the goal of providing a rich and rewarding experience for both mentor and protégé. Sharing knowledge, expertise and insight helps to create more motivated and accomplished professionals. Mentors are a powerful force for developing colleagues and associates within an organization or community.

Mentoring is a special partnership between two people based on:

  1. Commitment to the mentoring process 
  2. Common goals/expectations of the process 
  3. Mutual trust and respect

What does a mentor do?


A mentor:

  • Motivates his or her protégé to make decisions that will contribute to career or personal happiness. In this coach-like role, a mentor listens carefully, asks thought-provoking questions and provides commentary, insight and observations; all to assist a protégé develop or further their individual career goals.
  • Has credibility, seniority and the desire and ability to help a protégé set and attain goals.
  • Provides vision, encouragement, constructive feedback and critical analysis.
  • Commits to regular contact of at least 30 minutes monthly for a year.
  • Benefits in the form of personal satisfaction from giving back to the FICPA and to the profession. Mentors have the opportunity to review their accomplishments and challenges as a reminder of lessons learned. In sharing your expertise, you are leaving a legacy and helping guide another’s career path. This process gives a mentor the opportunity to review and re-energize their own personal career goals.

Download Mentor Roles and Responsibilities

What is expected of a protégé?


A protégé:

  • Seeks constructive feedback as well as encouragement.
  • Has a strong commitment to professional growth and the ambition to succeed. In recognition of a mentor’s time and effort, a protégé is willing to take the initiative to ask questions and seek out learning opportunities.
  • Has a desire to learn, grow and succeed as well as an awareness of personal responsibility and goals. A protégé should also be able to listen and follow through as well as assess individual needs and participate fully in the mentoring relationship.
  • Commits to regular contact of at least 30 minutes monthly for a year.
  • Benefits from personalized education, training, counsel and a greater awareness of career and personal capabilities and possibilities.

Download Protégé Roles and Responsibilities

For a successful mentoring partnership:

  • Establish boundaries for open and honest communication
  • Maintain professional behavior
  • Avoid stereotyping, generalizing, or assuming your mentor or protégé will not understand your perspective
  • Maintain records of activities and career growth
  • Meet regularly, but be flexible
  • Develop a Mentoring Partnership Agreement
  • Create and continually update a Mentoring Action Plan

If you're not reaching back to help anyone, then you're not building a legacy.
Germany Kent,
media personality