Note: Existing members can log in and create their mentoring application within the Membership Services area of our website.
If you are not an IES member, click here to join. Applicants must be IES members.
The Membership Committee reviews the applications at least quarterly. Pairings are made per the stated guidelines.
Confirmations are sent to paired Mentors / Mentees. Those not paired immediately will receive acknowledgement of their application.
The objective is to ensure that mentor and mentee “fit” well together. The IES Membership Committee will review applicants to maximize optimal pairings. If you are not immediately paired, don’t worry, your application will stay active for a full year. After that, we will ask you to update your application and to re-submit.
How Will the Mentoring Relationship Occur?
Once paired; the mentoring relationship can occur via phone, email, and/or face to face meetings at your local IES event, office, Lightfair or the IES Conference. The goal is to help future leaders of the lighting industry and the IES nurture their participation, professional aspirations and goals. The mentoring relationship will continue for a two-year period and will be evaluated periodically through surveys sent electronically at scheduled intervals.
My Role as a Mentor:
The mentor is similar to a counselor or guide who listens to the mentee and offers constructive feedback – this may include recommendations on available resources such as books, training seminars, classes, web-sites, etc. A successful mentor will share openly with the mentee experiences from his/her career challenges and how the mentor overcame them. The mentor is, of course, responsible for demonstrating the benefits of being involved with the IES, and should discuss opportunities for involvement within local sections and the national level.
My Benefit as a Mentor
There is nothing more satisfying than helping others – this tried and true statement also applies to us professionally. As a mentor you gain the satisfaction of helping new IES members establish their new career. You will hone your leadership, coaching, and listening skills. Since networking is an integral part of and benefit of this mentoring program, mentors have the unique opportunity to give back to the lighting community, and often, learn a thing or two in the process. You will be recognized by your peers as a leader within our industry, mentoring through action to future IES leaders. We are always learning and mentoring allows you to complete the Listen – Write – Teach trilogy of learning.
I’m a Mentor Now What Do I Do?
Being a mentor is a great responsibility and a reflection of the goals of the IES. As a mentor, please plan to dedicate at least two hours per month to the relationship. You should establish at least one monthly meeting time with your mentee. You should be available to accept emails and phone calls from the mentee as required for the success of the relationship. The mentor needs to be familiar with resources available to the mentee. Some examples include the IES and its publications, training seminars, web seminars, and other professional organizations, etc. During the two-year mentoring program, the membership committee will send follow up surveys to gauge your progress. You may even be asked to present for the local section on your mentoring experience for other potential mentors.
The Mentor / Mentee Relationship Disclaimer
This program is designed for professional growth, and as such, boundaries need to be adhered to. This will ensure the integrity of the mentoring program. It is not acceptable to share proprietary or sensitive information at any time. We are members of a professional society, and we should speak and act as such. Personal challenges not related to work and the IES should be left to other professionals, such as counselors, family members, clergy, etc. It is appropriate for unscheduled phone calls and emails as needed, but these should only occur between 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM. The mentor / mentee relationship is one where the mentor is given a position of trust and therefore romantic relationships are discouraged. If your mentoring pairing is not working out, please contact IES Membership services, and/or your Membership Committee person to ask to be discontinued with your current mentoring pairing.
IES will not assume any legal liability issues or legal proceedings that arise from this program. The participant will hold IES harmless from any damages that occur. The participant acknowledges that IES and their directors, officers, representatives and agents are NOT responsible for errors, omissions, acts or failures to act on any part of conducting activities on behalf of IES. Anyone participating in the program does so voluntarily, and should rely on their own independent judgment, in determining the exercise of reasonable care in any given circumstance.
Resources for Mentors
CWIT Mentoring Tool Kit www.umbc.edu
Center for Coaching and Mentoring
Mentoring London Deanery