Mentoring Program

The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)

Would you like:

  • Guidance for your personal and professional development in the association profession, from someone with a wealth of experience?
  • An opportunity to learn from guest speakers on a range of leadership topics?
  • Satisfaction from helping others and contributing to the future success of the association profession?
  • A chance to develop your mentoring and leadership skills?  

The AuSAE Mentoring and Leadership Program helps develop experienced association professionals in their current roles and prepare aspiring association leaders for future CEO roles.

The program includes structured mentoring, guest speaker webinars and networking opportunities.

Why is this program important?

For associations to thrive, they need great leadership.

This program is designed to build leadership capacity in the profession by pairing association professionals with experienced mentors and giving them an opportunity to develop and fine-tune leadership skills along with a like-minded peer group. Participants in mentoring programs report a number of benefits from their participation: improved confidence, self-awareness, clearer career direction, better communication skills, listening skills, feedback skills, more assertive communication, and enhanced management skills.

Who can apply?

To join as a mentee, you must be an association professional aspiring to a more senior leadership role, or a current CEO looking to further develop their leadership skills and connections in the Association Sector.

To join as a mentor, you must be an association CEO, former CEO or a very experienced association Senior Manager.

Both mentees and mentors must also be willing to attend program events, webinars and complete the training provided.

What's involved?

The AuSAE Mentoring and Leadership Mentoring Program is a 10 month program, from February 2018 to November 2018. Mentors and mentees will be matched according to application details and are required to attend three events - Program Launch, Mid-Program Review and Program Close – some of which will be face-to-face meetings while others will be delivered via Webinars. There will be 6 guest speaker webinars for mentees (mentors may choose to attend as well), and mentees will also complete a Leadership Self-Assessment and receive feedback.

During the program, mentors and mentees will be expected to be in contact monthly.

Mentees and mentors will also be asked to complete Art of Mentoring online program training to prepare them for their mentoring relationship. Acceptance into the program is conditional upon your commitment to completion of the training.

During the program, you will receive frequent communications from the Program Facilitators, giving you helpful tips and information about mentoring and access to other relevant materials available for supporting mentees.

During and at the end of the month program you will be invited to provide feedback to AuSAE about your experience.

Key dates

Dates vary slightly by location but the below is the overall timetable: 

 Applications Close  19 February 2018 
 Program Launch and Training  21 March 2018 (Melb)
 20 March 2018 (Syd)       
 Program Progress Review Meeting    14 June 2018 (Melb)
 13 June 2018 (Syd)
 Program Close Webinar  21 November 2018 

The program is open to participants in all states. The Program Launch and Progress Review meetings will be held in Sydney, Melbourne and possibly other locations depending on the location of successful applicants. The final meeting is by webinar.


The fee for the entire program is $995 plus GST (members) and $1395 (non-members).  Flexible payment arrangements can be arranged.

What do I do next? 

Apply NOW as applications will close by 19 February 2018. Please give as much information as you reasonably can in your profile as it will assist the matching process. You will be advised if there is a suitable match, in late February 2018.

For more detailed information, click here.

What if I am not selected?

We will endeavour to match all mentees that apply, provided that we have a suitable mentor. Some mentors may not be matched if their expertise/ experience is not suitable for any applicants. If we don’t have a suitable match for a mentee or mentor, we won’t pair you for the sake of putting you in the program.


Nikki Kelso, General Manager at Suicide Prevention Australia, says "I found the program very helpful. We can all read as many leadership or management tomes as we like, but having someone to be my conscience as to whether I'm prioritising my own development (the important vs the urgent) was exceptionally valuable. Even more so was the licence that participation gives to acknowledge these challenges, to recognise that there are areas where I can improve, and to bring a different way of thinking to my projected path." 

"For my first foray into being a mentee, having the resource of The Art of Mentoring behind the program was reassuring. Working independently but in the context of the larger group was an added bonus – we could both learn from others and it gave me new ideas and areas to explore that I mightn’t have found with a one-on-one mentoring relationship. It made it a lot less intimidating and the networks through the program are, themselves, an asset."

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