Mentor Match FAQs

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What is Mentor Match?

Mentor Match is the latest addition to an expanding line-up of member benefits to support members’ professional development needs. It is an online tool – including a searchable database – that facilitates the establishment of mentoring relationships. It is user-driven, allowing registered Mentees to search among registered Mentors using specified criteria to find individuals whose experience and expertise match areas in which they wish to be mentored. Likewise, registered Mentors can search for and identify potential Mentees.

The program is designed to be mentee-driven, mentor guided.

Is there a fee associated with Mentor Match?

No, Mentor Match is a benefit of membership and available only to members. There is no extra charge to use participate in this program.

How are Mentors and Mentees matched?

Members must first enroll as a Mentor, Mentee or both. During the enrollment process, members will select preferences for various demographics (including Mentoring Venue and Mentoring Topics) to establish their personal criteria.

A registered Mentee will visit the “Find a Mentor” page and fill in their search criteria to search for possible Mentors. The Mentee will click the names of the potential Mentors to view their profiles. Once the Mentee has decided on a Mentor, they will click on the Mentor request button (seen below the registered Mentor's profile picture) to request that person as their Mentor. An e-mail will be sent to the Mentor alerting them that they have been requested to be a Mentor. The Mentor will be able to accept or decline the request.

A registered Mentor takes similar steps, starting with visiting the “Find a Mentee” page and filling in their search criteria to search for possible Mentees. The Mentor will click the names of the potential Mentees to view their profiles. Once the Mentor has decided on a Mentee, they will click on the Mentee request button (seen below the registered Mentee's profile picture) to request that person as their Mentee. An e-mail will be sent to the Mentee alerting them that they have been requested to be a Mentee. The Mentee will be able to accept or decline the request.

FOR MENTEES

How do I become a Mentee?

If you are a CPCU Society member, click here to enroll as a Mentee. You will be asked to choose your preferences for various demographics and complete your member profile.

What are the expectations for participating Mentees?

Mentees are expected to drive the mentoring relationship.  You know best what goals and objectives you want to achieve through the mentoring relationship.

Please see our full list of expectations.

Who are the Mentors?

Mentors are other CPCU Society members who have volunteered their time and expertise to support their fellow members' professional and personal aspirations.

Can I have more than one Mentor?

We recommend that you start with one mentor.  However, there is no limit to the number of mentoring relationships you can establish.  You should be judicious in selecting only Mentors who are most suited to your mentoring needs. Please keep in mind that Mentors have limited time to offer and may have other Mentoring relationships.

How do I find a Mentor?

Once you have enrolled as a Mentee, go the the "Find a Mentor" page and select the criteria you want to use for your Mentor search. Click on the Mentors' names to view their profiles. Once you have found a good match, click on the Mentor badge (seen below the Mentor's profile image) to send the Mentor an email request.

What should I do if I do not hear from the Mentor I requested?

If you don’t hear from the Mentor within one or two weeks, feel free to contact them using the contact information found on their profile page.

What if the Mentor isn’t the right “fit” for my needs?

Sometimes, regardless of the information provided, Mentors and Mentees do not always "fit."  If this happens, we suggest that you discuss your decision honestly and kindly with your Mentor, thank them for their time, and then start a new Mentor search.

Where can I meet with my Mentor?

It is up to you and your Mentor to decide how, when and where you want to pursue your mentoring relationship. It is likely that most of your communication will occur electronically or through virtual meetings.

Leadership Summit and In2Risk also offer convenient venues for getting together with your Mentor(s) over coffee or lunch (virtual or in-person).

How long does the mentoring relationship last?

We recommend that you and your Mentee(s) meet at least once a month for a duration of six months.  It will be up to you, and your mentee, to agree on a schedule that is mutually beneficial.  The most important thing is to discuss your shared expectations about time and communication at the start of your relationship.

FOR MENTORS

How do I become a Mentor?

If you are a CPCU Society member, click here to enroll as a Mentor. You will be instructed to choose your preferences for various demographics and to complete, or expand, your member profile.

Who are the Mentees?

Mentees are fellow CPCU Society members who need you to help support their professional and personal development goals.

Can I have more than one Mentee?

We recommend having no more than 2 mentees at a time.  This allows mentors to be present and focused on their mentoring relationships. However, there is no official limit to the number of mentoring relationships you can establish.

Please be judicious in selecting only Mentees who are most suited to learn from your expertise. You can limit the number of Mentee requests you are willing to accept on the Mentoring enrollment page.

How do I find Mentees?

Once you have enrolled as a Mentor, go to the "Find a Mentee" page and select the criteria you want to use for your Mentee search. Click on the Mentees' names to view their profiles. Once you have found a good match, click on the Mentee request button (seen below the Mentee's profile image) to send the Mentee an email request.

How will I know if a Mentee has selected me as their Mentor?

You will receive an e-mail from the Mentee requesting you to be their Mentor. The message will prompt you to accept or reject the request.

Is it okay to reject a request?

Yes, but there should be a good reason to do so. We encourage you to at least have an initial conversation to explore whether the relationship would be mutually fulfilling. If a potential Mentee has misinterpreted information in your profile, you may find him/her to be an inappropriate match. If you want to decline a request, go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page and check the “decline” button next to the specific request.

How do I end a mentoring relationship?

If the mentoring relationship is complete, go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page and mark the relationship as “completed.”

If the mentoring relationship isn't working out, please kindly discuss your decision to end the relationship with your Mentee. Go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page and mark the relationship as “completed.”

What are the expectations for participating Mentors?

We expect that you will fulfill your commitment to develop at least one mentoring relationship. We expect you to respond to initial requests from Mentees in a timely manner, and that you communicate with your Mentees as agreed upon by both you and your Mentees.

Please see our full list of expectations. 

How much time will I need to invest as a Mentor?

We recommend that you and your Mentee(s) meet at least once a month for a duration of six months.  It will be up to you, and your mentee, to agree on a schedule that is mutually beneficial.  The most important thing is to discuss your shared expectations about time and communication at the start of your relationship.

Keep in mind that mentoring does not necessarily require large amounts of your time. Even brief phone calls or e-mail exchanges with you can make a big difference to your Mentee(s). Leadership Summit and In2Risk also offers a convenient venue for getting together with your Mentee(s) over coffee or lunch (virtual or in-person).

What if I’m going to be unavailable for a period of time but still want to mentor in the future?

Go to the "Mentor Enrollment" page, click the “Mentor Status” link then click on the check box next to “Temporarily Not Participating.” Doing this will indicate that you are not accepting any Mentee requests at the moment, and your mentoring profile will not be included in a Mentee’s search for a Mentor.  It is your responsibility to communicate your availability to your existing Mentees.

What benefits do I receive from the organization if I participate as a Mentor in the program?

All Mentors are volunteers. As an active program participant, you will receive a ribbon identifying you as a Mentor.