RMSHRM Mentorship Program

Programs run for six months at a time. Applications are open for the 2024 Mentorship Program and close on March 22nd. 

Whether you’re interested in serving as a Mentor or a Mentee, the mentorship program is an opportunity to give back to others in the HR field, expand your professional network(s), and contribute to your own personal and professional growth in a flexible way.

Our goal is to make mentorship a fun and easy process! You apply, and we do the Mentor/Mentee matchmaking, facilitate an informational kick-off meeting, offer optional networking opportunities, and conclude the program with a graduation celebration.

Mentorship pairs meet at your convenience throughout the six-month-long program and choose how to continue their professional relationships beyond the program duration.


Contact Olivia Ecker or Nikki Orie with any questions about our Program.


The Raleigh Metro SHRM Mentor program connects mentors and mentees within the Human Resources (HR) field to provide an opportunity to establish a long-term, mutually beneficial, professional relationship. In this program, mentors will have the chance to share their professional expertise, utilize their strengths, make connections to their networks, and give back to other professionals (the mentees). Mentees can seek advice from more seasoned HR professionals, learn from their professional experiences, and expand their networks.

Rules of Engagement for the Mentor and Mentee:

  • Invest time and energy into building and maintaining this mentorship relationship. Actively participate.
  • Determine a schedule for meetings at the beginning of the program. Allow for flexibility.
  • Employ the rules of confidentiality. Create a safe space to share new perspectives and experiences.
  • Be professional, respectful, and remain open-minded to the possibilities of mentorship.


Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Show interest in the education and advancement of the Mentee.
  • Be willing to share perspectives, experiences, and tips to help the Mentee develop professionally and/or overcome challenges they may be facing in the workplace.
  • Take an active role in their career advancement and make connections within your network.
  • Be willing to receive “reverse mentoring,” not limited to critical feedback in areas such as communication, interpersonal relationships, and leadership skills.
  • Provide guidance and advice on various Human Resources topics to their Mentee.


Mentee Responsibilities:

  • Assess your own developmental needs and be willing to have an open discussion.
  • Take the initiative for your own career development and follow through on action items discussed throughout the mentorship program. Provide progress reports to your Mentor.
  • Take full advantage of the training or assistance offered.
  • Have realistic expectations regarding a Mentor’s time and influence.
  • Be honest and share specific work frustrations, needs, and goals.

2024 Program Schedule:

  1. Applications Open until March 22, 2024
  2. Mentor and Mentee Announcement: April 2, 2024
  3. Program Kickoff Information Session (Virtual): April 12, 2024
  4. Mentor and Mentee Meet-Up: Spring Social, April 24, 2024
  5. Program Kickoff: May 1, 2024
  6. Program Completion: October 31, 2024
  7. End of Program Social: November 2024 (Date TBD)


2024 Program Duration: Six months. We encourage continued communication or relationships with mentors and mentees following the program.


Time Commitment: The mentor and mentee can establish a schedule that works for each individual, however, we encourage at least monthly, if not bi-weekly, meetings. We encourage in-person meetings at the beginning of the relationship before transitioning to virtual meetings.