February 12, 2019

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The PRSA-SF Bay Area Chapter is launching its inaugural Mentorship Program to better meet the needs of its members in the Bay Area. It’s a unique opportunity for young PR talent (0 - 5 years) to spend time with, share best practices, and learn from top-tier PR talent in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We’re launching this program because research has proven that mentorship is vital to a professional’s career success, and PRSA-SF Bay Area is here to help its members succeed. Further, we’re aiming to decrease the degrees that separate us, and instead, build meaningful relationships for knowledge sharing and to create safe spaces to build upon what makes us unique.

To participate in the Mentorship Program, you must be a dues-paid PRSA-SF Bay Area Chapter member. Visit here to become a member and here if you’d like to explore a group membership for your company.

PRSA-SF Bay Area defines mentors as those with at least eight years of experience in the public relations and communications fields. Mentees are defined as professionals with zero to five years of professional experience. If your experience falls between five years and eight years, we will place you in the “mentoring-in-training” program where you’ll be able to co-mentor a mentee and work with a mentor to build up your own professional skills.

The program’s success depends entirely on the mentor/mentee relationship. Once pairs are selected, the program will kick off with an in-person meet + greet (date and location TBC), hosted by PRSA-SF Bay Area. After the initial meeting, mentors and mentees will be encouraged to set up a catch-up outside of the office, whether for breakfast, lunch, or coffee. PRSA-SF Bay Area has outlined a set of events (below) that mentor/mentee pairs will receive “points” for attending together. At the end of the program, the pair with the most points will receive a gift from PRSA-SF Bay Area.

To apply to the 2019-2020 Mentorship Program, please fill out an application here. Applications are due by 11:59 PM on Monday, March 4.

Tentative Schedule of Events (more events to be added soon)

  • March – TBD - Networking Mixer (announce PR Woman of the Year)
  • March – Wednesday, March, 27 - Diversity & Inclusion Networking Mixer with AMA-SF
  • April – Tuesday, April 9 - Program with TrendKite and AMA-SF
  • April – Thursday, April 18 - Program on Cannabis and PR
  • May – Office Shadow (mentees shadow their mentor for a portion of the work day, if possible)

Any questions? Email us at info@prsasf.org

- Marquise McCoy

Mentorship Director, 2019 PRSA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter