EBA Mentor Program

    A5RDWH                        “A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” — Bob Proctor
The Energy Bar Association (“EBA”) is dedicated to promoting excellence in the practice of energy law.  Consistent with that objective, EBA is facilitating opportunities for members to network in order to build relationships and share knowledge and experiences.  The EBA Mentorship Program was established to promote this objective.  EBA appreciates the willingness of its members to assist each other in the development of their professional careers and active engagement in EBA opportunities. 
 
GOALS OF MENTORSHIP PROGRAM:
  • To facilitate communication among EBA members in the early stages of their careers (“Mentees”) and EBA’s more experienced members (“Mentors”)
  • To enhance the professional development of both Mentors and Mentees.
  • To enhance the value of membership and increase the retention of EBA members by providing informal opportunities for professional development and contact with EBA members

PROCESS FOR MENTOR/MENTEE MATCHING

  • Mentors will volunteer to have their names listed under a members-only section of the EBA website, with their contact information and any other information they have shared in their EBA member profile.
  • Mentees will have access to the Mentor list and may choose a Mentor from that list. When a Mentor and Mentee have agreed to a mentorship, the Mentor may notify the EBA Office to remove his/her contact information from the Mentor list.
  • The Mentor may reinstate contact information on the Mentor List at any time.
  • The duration of the Mentor-Mentee relationship will be left up to the Mentor and the Mentee. 

If you would like to become a mentor or mentee, just complete the appropriate application and EBA will post your listing within the EBA Job Board.   Please note: This is a self-select process where mentors and mentees may find each other and connect through posting on the Job Board..

                                      Mentor Application          Mentee Application

Your relationship with a mentor is likely to be one of the most important of your career. Here are five steps to help you develop and nurture it.

If you’re like most people, you relish the idea of having a mentor, a trusted adviser to help you navigate professional life. But what’s the best way to find a mentor and get the most from the relationship? These tips can get you started.

Know what you need. Would your ideal mentor provide you with deeper industry knowledge? Advice about how to ace your first management job? Insights on handling office politics? The relationship will be more productive if you have a clear goal going in.

Just remember: Mentors are not an employment service. They also are not the people to call for reassurance about how super you are. “That’s what friends and family are for,” says Carol Vernon, a certified executive coach. A mentor’s value lies in providing an informed viewpoint, not job leads or cheerleading.

Explore both formal and informal ways to find a mentor. Many college alumni associations and professional organizations have programs to link volunteer mentors with mentees. EBA members can use the EBA Mentoring Program. 

An informal mentoring relationship comes about less predictably. Often it starts at work or through a professional connection. You may not even realize you have a mentor until you notice “a click.” The person has seen something promising in you and is investing the time and attention to nurture it.

“Co-create” the relationship. This is the term Vernon uses for arriving at a mutual understanding about how to work together. Talk honestly about

  • what you want to learn and how that fits with what your mentor wants to provide.
  • approximately how much time you’re asking for.
  • how long you anticipate the most intense part of the relationship may last (typically six to nine months, Vernon says).
  • meeting logistics, including when and where to talk.

Be accountable for your own success. Sometimes a mentor may need to be upfront and honest, blunt even. For example, at a time when you think you’re ready to become a partner, your mentor may perceive that you’re not yet a fully capable. If you’re serious about learning from your mentor, you need to be able to hear difficult messages, respond appropriately, and take responsibility yourself to mature and grow.

Demonstrate gratitude. Once your mentoring sessions have largely met your needs, the relationship will ebb. Don’t let it fade without an appropriate thank you. Treat your mentor to lunch or give an appropriate gift, such as a meaningful book. Vernon suggests that you also ask, “How can I help you?”

Even after your sessions have ended, let your mentor know how you’re doing—not just when you have a problem but also when things are going well.

As Vernon notes, “It’s truly one of the great sources of professional satisfaction when someone says, ‘Talking to you was a turning point for me.’ ” By this point, your mentor has given you so much. Staying in touch is a fitting gift to give in return.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES BETWEEN MENTOR/MENTEE:

Initial Meeting

  1. Exchange contact information and general schedule information
  2. Find common interests
  3. Discuss EBA history/culture/involvement with EBA
  4. Share career path, experiences, challenges, and aspirations
  5. Mentor to offer Mentee suggestions for achieving long-term goals
  6. Mentor to address Mentee questions or concerns

Quarterly Meetings

  • Face-to-face meetings are recommended
  • Similar topics to those discussed above in initial meeting
  • Review EBA’s educational offerings to assist in making suggestions on events to attend
  • Mentee to identify areas for discussion, such as career goals/plans and concerns and issues for discussion
  • Initiate open dialogue on any issues

Periodically Check In  (at least once a month)

  • Face-to-face is ideal, but email or phone calls are sufficient
  • Look for opportunities for Mentee to provide feedback to the Mentor about the mentorship
  • Ask questions and share concerns
  • Collaborate with mentoring colleague
  • Establish and keep open a communication channel
  • Share EBA Development/Professional Opportunities
  • Mentors should include Mentee in EBA-related activities and other professional opportunities, as appropriate
  • Discuss the short-term and long-term importance of developing knowledge and skills to be a technically-sound lawyer, engaging in client relationship management/client development, and forging relationships

The above provides general guidelines and suggestions.  If you have any questions about the EBA Mentorship Program, please feel free to contact the EBA Office or any EBA officer.  We may also periodically ask both Mentees and Mentors to share their thoughts on the Mentorship Program via an evaluation.

Additional Reading

25 Benefits or Mentoring

The Importance of Mentorship

The Daily Record
Having a mentor and serving as one has helped shape my career as a legal professional. I think the mentor/mentee relationship is critical to helping us face our doubts, fears and even just to brainstorm and realize someone else has been in our shoes before.