Crossroads 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!


The Mentorship Program

This year the committee will provide the option of one-on-one mentor protégé pairings that have been the framework of the program and provide educational roundtable settings for the pair or other interested members to participate. The hour-long roundtable sessions will provide a discussion of various topics suggested by members. Mentor protégé pairs can choose to attend and/or use these topics as a framework to guide their discussions and learn from others in the industry. This will provide some structure and conversation to the pairs but allow them the individual relationship and foster more in-depth or personal discussions. Mentors can learn from the sessions along with their protégé or provide more follow-up to a topic. The pairs are also encouraged to meet independently and not attend the sessions as their schedule or needs fit.

Our goal for the 2020-2021 year is to remain flexible. We will try to accommodate the program’s needs with a mix of small, in-person roundtables, virtual sessions, and encouraging mentors and protégés to meet one-on-one. If you have a suggestion for a topic, please email us at [email protected]

The topics for discussion this year may include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing relationships and how to network
  • Time management
  • Understanding Industry Terms
  • Success as a Coordinator (a how-to and best practices)
  • Communication between professions and generations
  • Identifying leads in specific markets
  • Leadership Development / Career Path Options / Career Advancement
  • Handling critical conversations
  • Negotiating / Asking for the role you want


NEW FOR 2020! The program remains free for SMPS Columbus Members. Non-members can now join the Crossroads Mentorship program for a small fee! Please reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions.

Participants must apply. Applications for protégés will be accepted until October 30th.

Apply As A Protégé

Apply As A Mentor

The Crossroads Mentorship Program will begin in October! 


If you are interested in participating in this year’s sessions, please reach out to our Mentorship Committee at: [email protected]