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Mentorship Program


 The Crossroads Mentorship Program echoes the mission of SMPS: to advocate, educate and connect. The namesake, "Crossroads," expresses the idea of bringing people together to share experiences and knowledge for personal growth and professional development. The program allows our participants access to structured programming, tools and resources, and networking events to keep the discussion going. All who participate are entering into a long-standing tradition of the Columbus chapter with many alumni still in the A/E/C industry and long-term SMPS members.

Are you new to the industry?  Did you take on a new role within your organization? Would you like to receive guidance and advice from senior level Marketing and Business Development staff?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Crossroads Mentorship Program is for you!

This year the committee has decided to divert from the one-on-one pairings that have been the framework of the program to allow for a new way to engage our members and offer an education setting. This year’s program will be composed of hour-long roundtable sessions, with discussion of various topics led by designated ‘mentors’. These participating ’mentors’ will possess deep knowledge of the chosen topic, but are also able to offer their expertise on other facets of marketing pertaining to the A/E/C industry. 

Sample topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:

  • Networking In and Outside Your Firm
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Branding and Conferences
  • Creative Skills
  • What is a 330 Form?
  • The First 120 Days of Your Job
  • The Difference Between A/E/C and Delivery Methods (CM, GC, DB)
  • Business Development Tactics for Clients

While exploratory topics have been selected for each session to help shape discussions, an open environment will be encouraged to allow learning from the perspectives all participants. Questions regarding the session’s topic will be solicited one week prior to allow participants to submit anonymous questions and discussion topics.

The Crossroads program remains a “members only” benefit and the number of mentees accepted is limited to 15 mentees for the year. 

Participants must apply.  Click here to get your application now! Applications for mentees will be accepted until Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

Email your completed application to Dan Sernicola at daniel.sernicola@bwsc.net and copy Joel Kohler at jkohler@elford.com

2016-2017 Crossroads Mentorship Schedule

November 2016: Marketing Strategy & Planning
January 2017: Client & Business Development
March 2017: Proposals
May 2017: Promotional Activity & Management 

If you are interested in participating in this year’s sessions, please reach out to any member of the Mentorship Committee.

2016-2017 Mentorship Committee

Daniel Sernicola, Education Chair
Kristin Studabaker, Education Co-Chair
Joel Kohler
Brittani Leopold, CPSM
Kami Wernimont
Tonya Krinks