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NLA Mentor Program

(Please read below information thoroughly before applying)


Mentor programs facilitate the development of beneficial one-on-one relationships between seasoned industry veteran members and members new to the industry. Mentors have the opportunity to advise, encourage, and support their mentee by sharing their own experiences, knowledge, and expertise.


Goals of the Mentor Program 

  • Assist members who are new to the industry with personal and business development
  • Enhance mentees' general understanding of the industry
  • Allow mentors to give back to the industry and grow personally
  • Encourage mentees to realize their full potential

Why Participate?


 Rewards for all participants include:
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Foster lasting relationships
  • Share mutual interests
  • Sharpen communication skills


 Mentee rewards include:    Mentor rewards include:
  • Professional development
  • Having a person to turn to with industry experience
  • Enhanced reputation and professionalism
  • Guidance from your mentor on your ideas, concerns, and goals
  • One-on-one support from a trusted professional
  • Objective feedback on skills
  • Aid in creating higher standards for the industry
  • Learning and connecting with your mentee
  • Professional relationship with mentee, with whom you share career advice and constructive, professional guidance
  • Knowledge that you have made a difference

Requirements for Participation


 Mentee:    Mentor:
  • Must be an active NLA Operator Member
  • Must be in business no more than five years
  • Must complete a mentee application




  • Must be an active NLA member for at least five consecutive years
  • Must be a corporate officer or principal of an NLA Operator Member company
  • Must complete mentor application



Guidelines for Participants:

  • Mentor must make initial contact with mentee within one week of assignment.
    • Introduce yourself
    • Discuss how you got into the industry
    • Discuss expectations of the mentor/mentee program
    • Discuss scheduling of future calls
  • Mentors/mentees must communicate at a frequency agreed upon by both parties. Recommended frequency is at least once every two weeks.

Term of Mentorship:


While we hope that many mentors/mentees will form lasting professional relationships, the mentoring commitment can be understood to consist of a few phone calls or emails to answer questions, a face to face meeting if possible, and invitations and introductions at trade shows. Duration and scope of the communication and pairing is ultimately dependent on the needs and goals of the mentor/mentee.


Mentor/Mentee Assignments:


Applications will be reviewed by the NLA Membership Committee monthly. Mentors and mentees will be paired up based on skills, interests, and geography.


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