MENTOR Richmond is a way for early- career professionals to build relationships with each other while learning from some of our region’s most dynamic leaders.

As residents of the Greater Richmond region, we are privileged to live and work in a community that has some of the best-led businesses and organizations in the nation.

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This unique team-based mentoring program has graduated over 300 emerging leaders since its inception in 2008.

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  • Provide a venue for early-career professionals to meet and learn from regional leaders.
  • Connect early-career professionals to build connections and share professional knowledge and experience.
  • Encourage personal growth, career development, lifestyle enhancement and goal achievement.
  • Facilitate continued professional development and reflection as participants prepare to move into the mid-level.
  • Exposure to leaders in the Greater Richmond Region.
  • Connections within the Richmond community.
  • Understanding of the complexity and variance of career paths.
  • Development of personal and professional goals.
  • Continued soft skill development.
  • A personality assessment and continued reflection and application of the assessment throughout program
  • Facilitated reflection and exploration of own career trajectory

Applications for MENTOR Richmond Classes 24 and 25 will open June 24th.

Participation is limited. To apply, you must:

  • Be an early-career professional (2-7 years) with a desire to grow your career and be more actively engaged in the Richmond community.
  • Be career-driven with a strong focus on professional development.
  • Have support from your corporation, organization or association to participate.
  • Be prepared to spend time as a team before and after each mentoring session.


We are all working through a world of unknowns as we navigate the impacts of COVID-19. The Mentor Richmond program will operate as a virtual hybrid program, in order to prioritize the safety of it’s participants above all else. Additionally, we will employ all best practices in safety for any in person gatherings that may occur throughout the program.

Our mission to provide an impactful program that promotes the building of community, and encourages personal and professional development will not change. Our staff is prepared to be flexible and responsive to the needs of participants and their organizations, and the evolving nature of COVID-19. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the execution of these plans, please reach out to Program Manager, Rachel Rodney at


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