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Naturally Boulder Mentorship Matching Program

The Naturally Boulder Mentorship Matching Program is designed to serve our members’ personal and professional growth and stimulate a culture of lifelong learning for our future natural and organic industry leaders.

This free program connects experienced natural and organic industry professionals with aspiring and mid-career professionals in a supportive environment to share knowledge, wisdom, and real-world industry experience. Mentors and mentees will embark on a 6-month mentoring relationship through monthly meetings.

Member Benefits

• Grow your Front Range natural and organic products industry network.

• Engage in cross-generational learning with your peers.

• Strengthen your dedication to practicing leadership skills, at the mentee and mentor level.

Time Commitment

Once mentees and a mentor have been connected, the groups will proceed through a 6-month relationship journey, meeting at least once a month for at least 90 minutes.

Matching

Mentoring relationships are most successful when the mentee has the opportunity to choose their mentor. During the application process, potential mentees will be provided a list of mentors and be asked to list their top 2-3 mentor choices. Mentors have the option to agree or decline matches.

Applications

Participation in the Naturally Boulder Mentorship Program is open to active members only.
Not a current member? Learn about additional member benefits.

Participating as a mentee in the Naturally Boulder Mentorship Matching Program will allow you to grow personally and professionally. You will connect with experienced professionals who will share their knowledge, wisdom, and real-world industry experience.

Benefits of Mentorship

• Further your development as a professional
• Explore your potential and learn how to play to your strengths
• Increase your network of connections in the natural and organic products industry

Requirements

• Must be able to commit to a six month mentoring relationship, with monthly meetings with mentors and other mentees
• Must be a current member of Naturally Boulder
• Must have internet access and a connected computer or smartphone

To Apply

Applications for the Winter/Spring 2022 cohort open December 13, 2021. You will be required to log in to your member account in order to access. For questions about your membership, email info@naturallyboulder.org.

Volunteering as a mentor in the Naturally Boulder Mentorship Program is a great way to give back to the Colorado natural and organic products community. Help facilitate the career development of entrepreneurs and aspiring and mid-career professionals and become a mentor today.

Benefits of Mentoring

• Give back to the natural and organic products industry
• Experience a new perspective in your career
• Grow professionally and personally by teaching others
• Expand your network of connections to include bright up-and-coming professionals

Requirements

• Must be able to commit to a six month mentoring relationship, meeting at least once a month with a group of 1 – 4 mentees
• Must be a current member of Naturally Boulder
• Must have internet access and a connected computer or smartphone

Mentors will have the opportunity to structure their engagements. Some will opt for casual meetings; others are interested in a structured program with homework between sessions. We invite mentors to tell us about the topics they’d like to cover during this period or the groups who may best benefit from their expertise, in an effort to secure optimal matches. At minimum, we ask all to agree to a 90 minute meeting via the electronic platform of the mentor’s choice, once a month, at a time that’s convenient for all participants. (Mentors are not required to meet with mentees individually but may opt to do so if they prefer.)

To Apply

We are  accepting applications for the 2022 Winter/Spring cohort at this time. Complete the Mentor Application form below. Your active membership will be confirmed by our team. For questions about your membership, email info@naturallyboulder.org.

APPLY TO MENTOR

The Pueblo Food Project and Colorado State University are launching a new food accelerator called Startup Semester. This program is designed to support Pueblo-based entrepreneurs developing food and beverage startups.

Participants will work with Naturally Boulder mentors while also completing a 15-week educational program to launch their brands. Successful mentors will have experience working with early-stage food businesses, have technical knowledge and/or relationships to get products developed and to market, or understand food systems in Colorado.

Mentors will be required to travel to Pueblo at least twice during the six month engagement (January – July 2022). A $250 stipend is available for each trip to cover travel expenses and overnight accommodations. Additional monthly meetings may be held via virtual conference platform or over the phone.

To Apply

We are  accepting applications for the 2022 Winter/Spring cohort at this time. Complete the Mentor Application form below. Your active membership will be confirmed by our team. For questions about your membership, email info@naturallyboulder.org.

APPLY TO MENTOR

2022 Winter/Spring Cohort

Mentor Applications Open: November 2021
Mentor Applications Close: December 2021
Mentee Applications Open: December 2021
Mentee Applications Close: December 2021
Program Start: January 2022
Program End: July 2022

2022 Summer/Fall Cohort

Mentor Applications Open: May 2022
Mentor Applications Close: June 2022
Mentee Applications Open: June 2022
Mentee Applications Close: June 2022
Program Start: July 2022
Program End: December 2022

General Policy

Naturally Boulder welcomes all of its members to participate in the Mentorship Program. Mentor and Mentee qualifications will be reviewed as part of the application and matching process. It is the policy of Naturally Boulder to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability.

For information regarding the Naturally Boulder Mentorship Program, please email events@naturallyboulder.org.

What Participants Say

There is much more in my control than I realized, and my perspective on my personal power has changed.

~ 2021 Mentee

Great to meet someone I would not have met otherwise.

~ 2021 Mentor

Thank you SO MUCH for this opportunity! A huge value add.

~ 2021 Mentee

I am grateful for the relationships that were made and believe we will be in contact for a long time. I would definitely do it again.

~ 2021 Mentor

Mentorship Matching Program FAQs

How much time must I commit to the Mentoring Program?

The mentoring commitment is approximately six months where we suggest a minimum of 90 minutes per month spent in sessions.

Do I have to meet with my Mentor or Mentee in person or can it be done online or over the telephone?

Due to COVID-19, we have waived a requirement of meeting in-person unless both parties decide otherwise. During your initial kickoff meeting, you can discuss the preferred method of communication going forward and how frequently you would like to have sessions. Communication may be commonly achieved with in-person meetings, video, or telephone call.

What if I am not assigned a Mentor? Should I re-apply?

Once you submit your initial application, it will be reviewed by the Mentorship Matching Program Committee to determine if you can be matched with a Mentor. At times, we may experience an overwhelming amount of applications from Mentees that exceed the number of Mentors available. If we cannot match you immediately, we will keep your application on file and contact you once we have been able to match you with a Mentor, therefore you do not have to re-apply.

How long should I wait to receive a response on whether a match has been made?

Based on the deadlines set forth on this page, you can expect to receive a communication acknowledging your application is being reviewed approximately 2-3 weeks after your submission and a response on whether a match was made approximately 2 weeks after that first communication.

Is there anyone I can contact if my Mentor or Mentee and I cannot establish a productive relationship?

Our Mentorship Matching Program Committee is dedicated to helping you make the most out of your mentoring relationship. If you have any concerns that you wish to communicate about your mentoring relationship, we encourage you to contact our Managing Director, Julie Zagars, at julie@naturallyboulder.org

Can I be paired with another Mentor or Mentee automatically at the end of the program?

To ensure fairness to your fellow Naturally Boulder members also interested in the Mentorship Matching Program, you may re-apply for another program period after your engagement ends. If you elect to re-apply, our Mentorship Matching Program Committee will review your application as they would with a new applicant to determine if a match can be made, with new applicants being matched first if possible.

What if I know someone I’d like to be matched with?

The Naturally Boulder Mentorship Matching Program Committee has carefully designed the matching process based on several criteria. For this reason, a match cannot be guaranteed as it depends on the group of applicants as a whole and the ratio of Mentors-to-Mentees available.

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