Developing Leaders Program FAQs

RISING STARS IN 2019: Developing Leaders Program FAQs


Question:  When can I submit my application?

Answer:  Immediately and through the January 31, 2019 deadline. Applications have already started coming in. The mentor application can be found here, and the mentee application here.

Question: If you consider yourself a middle-of-the-road’er, not a newbie and not a veteran, but would like mentoring from a seasoned mentor, is there potential in this program?

Answer:  Absolutely. The definition of a “Developing Leader” is “a CRE risk management professional at a financial institution or environmental consultant firm having less than 10 years of work experience.” isn’t a hard and fast rule. If you have the desire to gain experience through collaboration and guidance with an industry veteran, are interested in the opportunities, and willing to meet the expectations of a mentee that are outlined here, then submit an application by January 31st for consideration.

Question:  Do the mentor-mentee meetings have to be in person?

Answer:  No. The monthly meetings can be conducted by phone, Skype or whatever means are most convenient for each mentor and mentee pairs. Certainly if you and your mentor happen to be located close by, a face to face meeting isn’t discouraged, but the important thing is that contact is made no less than once per month beginning in February and through December 31, 2019.

Question:  What if I recommend an employee to be a mentee and I lose them to another firm?

Answer:  “The reality is that if we want to be relevant, we have to pass information on. We need to grow people. That’s what Gen Zs and millennials need. They need our help and support in that. So don’t be afraid to recommend somebody or lose somebody crossing the border and going somewhere else. That’s not what this is about. This is not intended as a job app site. This is an investment-in-people site. People do move across borders. It’s natural. It doesn’t happen nearly as much as you fear. The Developing Leaders program is really about investing in people. And if something happens and you lose someone you’ll get two new ones. Do it for the right reasons and don’t fear it for the wrong reasons.” John Rybak, SVP BB&T, webinar presenter

Question:  Can you explain how will the matching between mentors and mentees be done?

Answer:  The application for mentors and the application for mentees both ask applicants about their individual goals and achievements, their motivation for joining the program as well as anything else that may assist our process. So for mentees, it’s important to know if you are interested in finding a mentor because there is a particular area of expertise you’re interested in, or just want a broader focus to your career path or feel something lacking that they need help with. The reason we ask for accomplishments and goals is to give us the ability to match those who have gone before with those who want to go there specifically by mutual interests. So if an applicant aspires to become the prevailing expert in a particular area, and a mentor applies with that type of expertise, then it’s a perfect marriage.

Be candid in these answers because we will use that information to match pairs in a way that makes logical sense and will be mutually beneficial for each mentor and mentee. The pairings have less to do with the type of firm or bank a person works at, and everything to do with their motivation for joining the Developing Leaders program, and of course their own personal goals.


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