Applications for Fall 2021 are now OPEN!


The Fall 2021 Session of Mentor Richmond will kickoff on September 8th, 2021

MENTOR Richmond is a unique team-based professional development program for early-career professionals. This program is not your traditional one-to-one mentoring program. It is an opportunity for a ambitious members of the Richmond community to gather and learn from a variety of local leaders and one another during a 20-week period.

Apply if you are: focused on professional and personal development, want to engage with dynamic and diverse leaders in the Greater Richmond area, and desire to build greater connections in the Richmond community. This program is for all; regardless of your career path, background, or industry. Broad perspectives and dynamic experiences enhance the program and make us all better.

2021 Deadlines

  • August 5th, 2021 at 11:59 pm – Applications due
  • Week of August 9th, 2021   – Candidates will be notified regarding selection
  • September 8th, 2021, 5:30-7:30 pm – Program kickoff

Have questions? Contact Rachel Rodney at or 804-783-9310.


  • Provide a venue for early-career professionals to engage with and learn from regional leaders.
  • Facilitate relationship building for early-career professionals in order to expand their networks and share professional knowledge and experience.
  • Encourage participants to identify and apply their own unique strengths to their personal and professional leadership journeys
  • Facilitate continued professional development and reflection


  • Intimate conversations with a dynamic line-up of leaders in the Greater Richmond Region.
  • An expanded network of professionals representing a variety of industries and backgrounds in the Richmond community.
  • Understanding of the complexity and variance of career paths.
  • A better understanding and appreciation of your strengths, and ways to apply them in your personal and professional life.
  • Facilitated reflection and exploration of own personal and professional development
  • Opportunities for growth; through the challenge to examine yourself, leadership, your community and world with a different lens


Participation is limited. To apply, you must have support from your corporation, organization or association, and you must be:

  • Be an early-career professional with a desire to grow personally and professionally and be more actively engaged in the Richmond community.
  • Be career-driven with a strong focus on leadership development.
  • Be prepared to attend the opening session, closing session, and all Mentor sessions and planning sessions
  • Be prepared to actively engage with your team throughout the duration of the program, in and out of sessions.

Format of Program

The Fall 2021 Session of Mentor Richmond will be held primarily in-person.

The kickoff, closing and mentor sessions will be held at a variety of locations across the region. The planning sessions will be held virtually, for the convenience of participants.

If you have any questions regarding the execution of these plans, please reach out to Program Manager, Rachel Rodney at


The program requires all mentees to be available for 10 2-hour sessions between August 2021 and January 2022, plus a kickoff and closing celebration. All meetings will take place after business hours between 5:30 – 7:30 pm, and most meetings are scheduled on Tuesdays. If you have a scheduled conflict with one of the dates below, please indicate this on your application so we can place you in the correct class. Note that if you miss more than the allowed total of 1 planning session and 1 Mentor session, you will be asked to leave the program.


Below are the dates for each session/gathering. Participants will find out their class number at the kickoff.

Kickoff: September 8th, Location TBD

Planning Session 1: September 14th

Mentor #1:

September 21st – Class 28

September 28th –  Class 29

Planning Session: October 5th

Mentor #2

October 12th (Combined) Location TBD

Combined Planning: October 19th

Mentor #3 – Location TBD

October 26th Class 28

November 3rd (Wednesday) Class 29

Combined Planning Session: November 9th

Mentor #4: Location TBD

November 16th Class 28

November 30th Class 29

Planning Session: December 7th

Mentor #5: Location TBD

December 14th Class 28

January 4th  Class 29

Closing: January 11, 2022 Location TBD

*Website will be updated as locations and other information is confirmed.


There is a $825 program fee which includes an in-depth strengths assessment and facilitated interpretation throughout. There will be NO REFUNDS once payment is received. Partial scholarships are available. Your employer may pay some or all of your participation fee.

Things to keep in mind if you are accepted into the MENTOR Richmond program:

Prepare for self-reflection and moving towards your goals

The program kicks off with a personality/strengths assessment. This will give you a practical understanding of your strengths and how those work with others in a variety of settings. This assessment will be woven throughout the program, so referring to your strengths will become second-nature! Additionally, we will focus on professional development throughout the program: soft skill development, goal setting, transferable skills…this is your chance to focus and reflect on your career trajectory.

Bring your whole self

The program is designed to be a series of conversations between you and many of Richmond’s business leaders. Bring an enthusiastic voice and personal point-of-view to each mentor conversation—ask questions, listen, learn, explore and contribute. No matter what your background or industry is, your perspective is valued and your peers will learn just as much from you!

Create time.

The work week keeps all of us busy. But to get the most possible from the MENTOR Richmond experience, carve out the time and mental space to arrive at these sessions on-time and engaged and excited for the conversations about to be had.

Give back.

As you participate in MENTOR Richmond conversations, it is up to you to share what you’ve learned with your team, your organization and the greater Richmond community. We hope you will serve as an ambassador, mining the ideas and perspectives that come from this program and carrying them forward to a wider audience.

Basic Information

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Work and Contact Information

This is the email address we will use to contact you regarding Mentor Richmond- please be sure this is an account you check regularly!

Application Questions

Please note that acceptance into MENTOR Richmond is very competitive. Take your time completing this section as it is your opportunity to differentiate yourself from other applicants.

Scholarship Assistance

ChamberRVA intends for all interested people to apply to the program regardless of financial status. A limited number of need-based partial scholarships up to $375 are available. If interested in applying for financial assistance, please state the amount and reason for the request below. Scholarship assistance is not guaranteed. Requests for scholarships will not impact selection decisions, but the statement of need section must be completed for consideration.
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If accepted, I commit to staying for the duration of the program and being actively engaged in Mentor Richmond.


Submit your application!

Thank you for your time in completing this application. All candidates will be notified regarding selection the week of August 9th, 2021. Have questions? Contact Rachel Rodney at or 804.783.9301.

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