Mentorship is an excellent opportunity to learn, share your knowledge, advance your career and meet fellow communicators.

One of the benefits of belonging to a professional association is the opportunity to network with, and learn from, professionals outside your work. Our mentorship programs are designed to bring communicators together to have conversations that drive professional growth in a fun yet confidential manner. 

We have several mentorship opportunities lined up this year.

The 2021 Mentorship Program

The 2021 Mentorship Program runs from February to June. 

For mentors with 7+ years experience, the program is an opportunity for you to give back to your profession, share your learnings and help guide your mentee through the ever-changing world of being a professional communicator. Now more than ever, your experience, perspective and insight is needed. Mentoring also counts towards the points you need to maintain/acquire IABC certification. Click here to apply to be a mentor

For mentees, the program is a wonderful way to learn and grow your knowledge and networks, but also test your theories, set developmental goals and leverage a community that is dedicated to supporting each other and the profession at large. Click here to apply to be a mentee.

More about the program

  • Preference is given to IABC members but all are welcome to apply to be mentored
  • Applications open on January 18, 2021 and close on February 20, 2021
  • Mentors should have 7+ years experience (mid-level communicator and above)
  • Mentees should be beginner to mid-level in their career, have recently graduated or still studying communications or a related profession 
  • You must be able to commit to meeting at least once a month from March to June with your mentee/mentor

Due to the one-on-one relationship of the mentoring matches, the number of mentees accepted into the program will depend on the number and compatibility of the mentors who apply.

2021 is not the time to hold back. Invest in your professional development now! 

Speed mentoring

Speed Mentoring provides an opportunity to grow and enhance your career – without the time commitment of a traditional mentorship program. This fun and relaxed format includes a series of short, focused conversations with mentors who share their experience in career development, leadership, strategy, change management and more…

Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner, in midcareer or a new graduate, Speed Mentoring events are for you.  Stay tuned for 2021 dates in the Connect Newsletter or in the Events calendar.

Awards Academy

We are pairing one experienced communicator who has won either an IABC Silver Leaf or Gold Quill award with an aspiring award winner. Mentees learn from the experience of past award winners and mentors earn up to 10 professional development hours towards certification.

Visit the Awards Academy to learn more.


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