SHRM St. Louis hosts formal opportunities for mentoring. If you are someone who is looking for guidance in your career or insight into the HR industry, becoming a protégé may be a great way to gain valuable information and expand your HR network toward career goals. Being a mentor is also a rewarding experience. Gain a fresh perspective, feel good about helping others, and earn recertification credits all at the same time.

What does it take to be a mentor or protégé? Mentors generally have at least five years of HR Management or similar experience. Many have a PHR or SPHR certification. The time commitment is limited: one year, for up to two hours per month (if requested). Protégés currently work in HR and desire coaching from a more experienced HR professional on their career development. They are able to set goals and listen to feedback to obtain HR knowledge from their mentors.
Click here to apply to be a mentor.
Click here to apply to be a protege.

Applications are due by 5:00 pm on March 24th.
Over the last several years, protégés have enjoyed working with mentors, gaining valuable career advice and guidance, as well as an expanded network through a connection with a seasoned HR professional. The program is intended to help HR professionals who have been in the field for a minimum of six months looking for a 12-month partnership to focus on career growth.
In addition to heling our protégés, mentors enjoy the positive impact on protégés, seeing them grow and develop as HR professionals. Mentoring is also a great way to earn HRCI credits.
If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact Rik Nemanick at [email protected] or Angela Louis at [email protected].
Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What does the protégé get out of the mentoring program?
A. Mentoring is a great way to get an outsider’s perspective on your current role and your overall career path in HR. Mentors bring experience and wisdom that can help guide you for the long run and also help coach you through near term challenges.

Q. What does the mentor get out of mentoring?
A. Many mentors like the opportunity to give back to the profession and to SHRM St. Louis, especially those who had their own mentors (formally or informally). They also get satisfaction helping someone else grow a satisfying career in HR. Many mentors appreciate learning from the protégé’s perspective and find themselves becoming re-energized about their own careers.
Q. How much time does mentoring take?
A. We recommend mentoring pairs plan on at minimum one hour a month. Many pairs meet more frequently based on the availability of both parties.
Q. Who drives the mentoring partnership?
A. Successful mentoring is driven by the protégé. This means that the protégé sets the meeting schedule, prepares for meetings, and takes actions after meetings.
Q. How long do mentoring partnerships last?
A. We typically ask mentors to be available to their protégés for 12 months.
Q. I’m looking for a job right now, or I’m trying to break into the HR field. Is mentoring right for me?
A. We find for protégés whose focus is on changing jobs that it is difficult to build a new mentoring partnership during an active job search. Mentoring is best suited for those who are in HR roles and whose goals are to grow in their HR career.
Q. How will the mentoring pairs know how to get started?
A. We provide a 1 hour orientation session for all participants in the mentoring program.