DiverseED Mentorship Program

Mentors Make the Difference...

As I have moved through various stages of my life, I’ve pulled life lessons from my male and female mentors that positively shaped and influenced me professionally and personally. 

Growing up, I was fortunate to have strong male role models. My grandfather and father taught me to “never set a ceiling” in my personal and professional life.  I’ve also had managers and directors who challenged me to excel professionally. I remember one of my early bosses encouraging other colleagues and me to never “run from things that make us uncomfortable.” Instead, he would emphasize that tackling tasks outside our comfort zone makes us stronger and helps us grow professionally.

Andrea Schruijer ~ Executive Director, Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority

You could be our next hometown hero. Community and economic developers drive Georgia’s future. They help to grow jobs and attract investment, strengthening communities. Careers span business recruitment and retention, urban planning, commercial and industrial development, international trade, project management and more.   Georgia’s future is bright and richly diverse – and we believe, the economic development industry should reflect that rich diversity.  Are you ready to help Georgia grow?

DiverseED Mentorship Program Application [fs27.formsite.com]  Applications are due by January 21, 2022.

GEDA members, nominate a candidate for DiverseED [fs27.formsite.com] Nominations are due by January 21, 2022.

Who should apply? 

College students, recent graduates and professionals (with 1-5 years of experience in ED or similar fields with transferrable skills/complementary experience) who are seeking exposure to career, continuing education and networking.

What are the benefits?

  • Growth and development of economic development professionals 
  • Access to experienced GEDA members who are committed to the success of future leaders in economic development 
  • Monthly education and training sessions, along with networking and one-on-one coaching 
  • Information on ED careers at local, regional and state levels 

What can mentees expect?

  • Meet with your mentor at least once per month
  • Information on careers and leadership opportunities through networking and training sessions
  • Actively utilize the GEDA network (view GEDA event calendar) [geda.org/events]
  • Notification of acceptance to the program by February 1, 2022.
  • DiverseED Mentorship Kickoff meeting on February 21, 2022.

GEDA members, we need your help!  Click here for more on being a DiverseED mentor, program ambassador or speaker.