December 4 was a great milestone in APMP-NCA history—our chapter kicked off a new mentorship program to pair experienced capture and proposal professionals with less-experienced protégés. Lohfeld Consulting Group Principal Consultants Lisa Pafe and Kristin Pennypacker volunteered to serve as mentors to two novice proposal coordinators who are employees of our customers—Veterans Enterprise Technology Solutions, Inc. (VETS) and Ace Info Solutions, Inc. (AceInfo).
The 9-month program pairs 12 mentors with 12 up-and-coming proposal professionals to help them prepare for APMP certification, share lessons learned, work together on particular areas of interest, learn more about all that our Chapter offers members, and network with other APMP-NCA members.
Paired mentors and protégés will keep a log of achievements and report to the program bi-monthly. Each mentor earns CEUs and receives a stipend of $200 to spend on educational materials, professional events, shared meals, and other expenses. Protégés additionally benefit from 4–8 hours per month of mentor guidance and 50% discount on all APMP-NCA events.
“This is a great opportunity to grow as a proposal management professional and learn from the best,” stated Sareesh Rawat, AceInfo Proposal Coordinator and protégé to mentor Lisa Pafe. His goal is to earn APMP Foundations certification at the conclusion of the program in September.
“I want to pay it forward,” Lisa Pafe responded. “I benefited from mentorship early in my career, and this program gives me the chance to help a talented professional succeed.”
Look for more posts from Lohfeld Consulting Group mentors and protégés as the program progresses!