The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)
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The AuSAE Mentoring and Leadership Program helps develop association professionals in their current roles and prepare aspiring association leaders achieve their career goals.
The program includes structured mentoring 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 looking to further develop your 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.
The AuSAE Mentoring and Leadership Mentoring Program is an 8 month program, from April 2019 to December 2019. 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.
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.
View the information pack here.
Dates vary slightly by location but the below is the overall timetable:
The program is open to participants in all states. The Program Launch and Program Close will be conducted by webinar. The Progress Review meetings will be held in Brisbane at the AuSAE ACE conference (June 12-13).
The fee for the entire program is $995 plus GST (members) and $1395 (non-members). A monthly payment plan can be arranged. Mentors are volunteers and pay no fees; training is provided free of charge. Program fees include 1 standard registration to the AuSAE Conference and Exhibition (ACE) in June 2019.
What do I do next?
Apply NOW as applications will close by 4 March 2019. 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, a few weeks after you have uploaded your profile.
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."