Upskill with mentorship

Applications for the third Cohort of the NZEA Mentorship Programme are now closed.

If you're looking to give back or for one-on-one professional development - get in touch! We’ll do the legwork to match needs with experience. The programme is free for NZEA members.

Why become a Mentor?

  • Contribute to your professional development
  • Give back to the industry by sharing your skills and experience
  • Help grow the next wave of event professionals
  • Make a difference by helping others achieve their goals
  • Develop your coaching and leadership skills
  • Included in your member benefits

If you are an experienced event professional - from any aspect of our sector – and feel you have the time, energy and guidance to offer to up and coming colleagues, please read on!

Feedback from Cohort 1 Mentors:

"The programme structure and guidance provided by NZEA was great, it gave me the confidence to get stuck in and I have thoroughly enjoyed it." 

"I think it is a great initiative, certainly enjoying the ‘giving-back’ nature from a personal perspective and [my mentee] is taking away a couple of key thoughts or actions each time we catch up."

Why become a Mentee?

  • Contribute to your Professional development
  • Broaden your perspective and your network
  • Identity and address gaps in your knowledge and skills base
  • Receive timely feedback and advice from an impartial party vested in your success
  • Receive encouragement and support for growth and improvement
  • Included in your member benefits

If you’re in the starting or mid-phases of your career as an events professional and would appreciate the perspective of a mentor for one or many aspects of your career, we’d love to hear from you, too!

Feedback from Cohort 1 Mentees

"[My mentor] had great complementary experiences and was great to learn from...the programme was easy to join, easy to plan and simple to undertake."

"Honestly I have found [my mentor] to be a great sounding board, I will tell him a situation and he will just bring simple logic to it and it has really helped me to think about the situation completely differently."

What is the purpose of mentorship?

A mentor may share with a mentee information about his or her own career path, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modelling. A mentor may help with exploring careers, setting goals, developing contacts, and identifying resources.

Fundamental expectations

Mentors and mentees are responsible for gaining each other’s trust and confidence by

  • interacting morally, ethically, and collegially; and valuing each other’s time, professional and personal commitments.

The role of the mentor

  • Commit to a minimum 6 x 1hr sessions over the programme duration
  • Proactively maintain contact and encourage open communication
  • Build confidence
  • Coach and help problem-solve
  • Share experiences as learning tools
  • Encourage professionalism
  • Admit when something is out of your area of expertise
  • Offer constructive feedback
  • Maintain privacy / confidentiality
  • Provide feedback to NZEA on your mentor experience to help refine the programme

The role of the mentee

  • Commit to a minimum 6 x 1hr sessions over the programme duration
  • Take responsibility for scheduling the sessions at mutually convenient times
  • Be clear on your goal/s for this mentor programme and communicate them openly
  • Actively contribute to discussions
  • Seek and accept constructive feedback
  • Maintain privacy / confidentiality
  • Provide feedback to NZEA on your mentee experience to help refine the programme

Feedback on the Mentorship Programme

As this programme grows, your feedback through debrief meetings and/or questionnaires will be crucial to the on-going success and improvement of the offering.


Programme duration: 5 months

April 2022 – Recruitment of mentors & mentees for cohort 3

24 April 2022 - Cohort 3 applications close

Early May 2021 – Matching and pre-briefing of each group (Zoom call plus supporting docs)

Mid-late May 2022 – Cohort 3 starts

September 2022 – Cohort 3 concludes

October 2022 – Debrief participants and refine programme

TBC – Recruit Cohort 4

Please note this programme is open to NZEA members only.

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