Why Mentor Professional Development?

Q: If great mentors are experienced business people and veteran entrepreneurs, why should they receive mentor professional development?

A: Great mentors are lifelong learners with extensive, varied experience. We provide professional development for mentors for several reasons:

  • Our program starts with how the VMT mentors in teams and the structure of our mentor meetings and processes.
  • Business leaders are often experts in specific skills but may not have direct experience in issues important to startups and small businesses.
  • Mentor professional development establishes a common framework, vocabulary, taxonomy, and processes helping mentors from different professional experiences work together to help the mentees.

Our mentoring professional development has been created and presented by fellow VMT mentors that are subject matter experts. Many of our mentors have been mentoring for more than a decade and have great knowledge to share with each other.

We mentors enjoy learning from our other mentors.