Mentoring at ACCE

Connecting peers for success

What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a career development strategy where mentors facilitate the development of learners by sharing resources, expertise, values, and perspectives. Mentoring builds mentees' competence and provides mentors the opportunity to share knowledge and leadership skills in leading chambers. At ACCE, mentoring is a self-directed program that connects chamber professionals to collaborate one-on-one.

Meet your mentor
This is a member-driven service. Members self-report their expertise and their interest in mentoring fellow chamber professionals. If you'd like a mentor, email someone on one of the lists below who has volunteered to be a mentor in a specific area of chamber work.
Click Here for Mentors by expertise

Become a mentor:
Enter or edit your biographical information
(includes mentor experience)

How much time will it take?
You and your mentoring partner will decide how often to meet, how long you should meet each time, and the duration of the mentoring engagement. Most mentoring partners typically meet 1-2 hours per month.

Is there a cost associated with the program?
No. It is free.

What is expected of a mentor?

  • Accept or decline invitations you receive within two business days
  • Have reasonable expectations of learners
  • Be a resource
  • Provide feedback
  • Allocate time and energy
  • Help learners develop appropriate learning plans
  • Follow through on commitments or renegotiate appropriately

What is expected of a mentee?

  • Identify initial learning goals
  • Take responsibility for making first contact with mentoring partners and scheduling meetings
  • Seek feedback
  • Take an active role in learning
  • Allocate time and energy
  • Follow through on commitments

What if I'm not happy with my mentoring match?
There may be times when one or both parties feel a relationship is not a good fit. It is important to be honest about your perspective. Participants may leave engagements at any time, but as a driver of the process, the mentee should initiate the discussion leading to closing the relationship. If you would like to talk to someone about your mentoring relationship, email

What do I do when I'm done with my mentoring relationship:
At the close of every mentoring relationship, take a few moments to evaluate the mentoring process and record what you've learned. Complete this short online evaluation of your mentoring experience. The evaluation takes about three minutes to complete and will provide useful feedback to help us improve ACCE's mentor program.

Do you have additional Mentoring Resources?
Visit ACCE's Chamberpedia page on Mentoring for articles, chamber examples, and toolkits.