One of the benefits of membership in the Rising Professionals is our Mentorship program. In this program, we match Rising Professionals with local leaders in a similar industry who are willing to meet with our members for a formal, one-on-one 12-month mentoring track. It’s a great way to learn more about building a career, finding opportunities for professional development and gaining introductions to others in the community. Here is the first of what will be many stories from the perspective of both our mentors and our members.
Member: Ron Stauffer
“I actually joined the Rising Professionals for the specific purpose of finding a mentor. I didn’t have time to slowly get to know people in the community and in my industry: I wanted to take the fast-track to get involved in Colorado Springs; to meet other young professionals; and to help figure out the most efficient way to grow in my career. Naturally, I figured asking someone who was older and wiser and had been there before would be a great way to do this. When I found out that my mentor match would be Doug Price, the CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, I was flattered and excited.
Being able to meet with Doug for a year was excellent: he’s been a tremendous help in giving me clarity with my future goals, introducing me to many influential people in town, and asking me the hard questions I need to be asked. I highly recommend the mentorship program and have had a great experience!”
Mentor: Doug Price
“I have mentored two Rising Professionals since coming to Colorado Springs, with Ron Stauffer being the first. In working with both of them, I have greatly benefited by having them show me issues that Rising Professionals face in these times. I believe Ron benefited from my experience, and I remain in contact with him today. The Colorado Springs Business Journal recently recognized him as one of 2013′s Rising Stars, which I think was a capstone for Ron and I was honored to play a small part in him being recognized. I look forward to events in the future and plan to stay engaged with the Rising Professionals.”