Applications for the Fall 2020 cycle of MENTOR Richmond will go live in June of 2020 for an August 2020 kickoff!

The Spring 2021 cycle will go live in November 2020, for a February 2021 kickoff.

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  team of 25 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 meet high profile leaders in the Greater Richmond area, and want 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.

2020 Deadlines

  • July 27th at 11:59 pm – Applications due
  • July 31st  – Candidates will be notified regarding selection
  • August 26th – Program kickoff

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


  • Provide a venue for early-career professionals to meet and learn from regional leaders of diverse backgrounds and industries.
  • Connect early-career professionals  to share professional knowledge and experience.
  • Encourage personal growth, career development and goal achievement.
  • Encourage professionals to connect and engage in the Richmond community


  • 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


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

  • You are an early-career professional with a desire to grow your career and be more actively engaged in the Richmond community
  • You are ready to learn from regional leaders
  • You desire to build relationships with like-minded professionals who are committed to personal and professional growth, and giving back to the Richmond community
  • You are committed to applying what you learn to your own leadership journey
  • Career-driven with a strong focus on professional development.
  • You are prepared to spend time as a team before, during and after each mentoring session.
  • You have 2-7 years of experience


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


The program requires all mentees to be available for 10 2-hour sessions between August 2020 and January 2021, plus a kick off and closing celebration. All meetings will take place after business hours between 5-7 pm, and most meetings are scheduled on Wednesdays. If you have a scheduled conflict on one of these monthly Wednesdays, 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 2 sessions you will be asked to leave the program.


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

Kickoff: August 26, 2020

Planning Session: September 2, 2020

Mentor #1:

September 9, 2020 Class 24

September 16, 2020 Class 25

Planning Session: September 30, 2020

Mentor #2

October 7, 2020 Class 24

October 14, 2020 Class 25

October 21, 2020

October 28, 2020 Class 24

November 4, 2020 Class 25

Planning Session: November 11, 2020

Mentor #3: COMBINED November 18, 2020

Planning Session: December 2, 2020

December 9, 2020 Class 24

December 16, 2020 Class 25

Closing: January 6, 2021


There is a $650 program fee that includes a personality/strengths assessment and interpretation of the assessment. 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!

Read your InfoPAK

The MENTOR Richmond InfoPAK you will receive as a participant is filled with bios, perspectives, interests, backgrounds, questions and answers. Get to know not only the mentors who will be speaking with you but those sitting next to you. And don’t stop there. Magazines, newspapers, TV, internet and water cooler conversations are all great places to expand your knowledge of the industries and individuals involved in the MENTOR Richmond program.

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.

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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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Submit your application!

Thank you for your time in completing this application. All candidates will be notified regarding selection on July 31st. Have questions? Contact Rachel Rodney at or 804.783.9301.

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