Navigating the Meetings & Events Industry – A Look at the Value in Mentorship


January is National Mentoring Month, and we’re highlighting the power of mentorship through a look into the thoughts and values of event industry professionals from all age ranges and levels.

As mentorship plays a key role in opening up opportunities, developing two-way relationships, and leaving the next generation with the tools necessary to succeed in the meetings and events industry, it’s important to dive deep into the lessons and perspectives professionals bring to this topic.

What Makes A Good Mentor?

While we know a good mentor has the willingness to invest in others and ability to give honest and direct feedback, “I think a good mentor is all about setting a good example in your everyday actions. It’s one thing to be able to teach and train someone 1-on-1 but the most valuable lessons I’ve learned from my mentors are simply through observing their actions,” stated Ellie Nixon, LEO Producer. A good mentor also “provides opportunities for growth and allows you to take risks on your own – even if you fail, you learn,” said Amelia Seaton, Meeting & Events Coordinator.

What Makes A Good Mentee?

A good mentee is “intentional with goals for exercise and prepared with questions and comments,” stated April Harbour, Director of Festivals & Public Events. Administrative Assistant, Brenna Caillat followed with “It’s someone that has the ability to take accountability and be honest with one’s self to learn more and gain wisdom, general humility and trust in the process.” Graphic Designer Taylor Feeney said, “An individual that is willing to learn, take criticism, and be self-reflective will make a successful mentee.”

What’s the Most Valuable Takeaway in a Mentor/Mentee Relationship?

The mentor/mentee relationship may be one of the most important connections we have in live as it provides introductions to new concepts, outlooks or philosophies. Leah Taylor, Vice President of Production, noted that one of the most valuable takeaways in a mentor/mentee relationship is the ability to grow both professionally and personally – “Creating a solid mentor/mentee relationship requires honesty, transparency and authenticity.” Events Assistant Alex Gordon made the point that this relationship continues to progress as mentees turn into mentors – “Because someone took time to help a mentee grow and learn, I think that person will be more willing to serve as a mentor to someone else in the future.”