The WTS-OC Mentoring Program’s 2018-19 term kicked off on July 27 at the offices of TRC Solutions in Irvine. This year’s program includes 31 mentor/mentee pairs, consisting of 26 professional pairings and five student pairings. Mentors and mentees attended the luncheon event filled with energy and enthusiasm. Some pairs were meeting for the first time, while others had already started communicating.
Bernadette Duran-Brown kicked off the luncheon with a warm welcome and recognized the Mentoring Committee and WTS-OC board members. The event’s keynote speaker was Camilo Rocha, Vice President - Southern California Leader of TRC Solutions. Camilo shared his top 10 tips for being a mentee and the benefits of participating in a mentorship program like WTS.
Participants were reminded of the goals of the program – fostering professional development, giving back to the industry and to our future leaders and networking. Mentors and mentees alike were then encouraged to meet with their pairs to review and complete the Memorandum of Understanding which provides guidelines to a successful program year agreed upon by the mentor and mentee, followed by a fast-paced ice breaker. The event was enjoyed by all, and on behalf of the Mentoring Committee, we are excited about what this year’s pairs will achieve.