Examples of Corporate Mentoring Programs

April 22, 2014

When examining mentoring best practices, it can be helpful to look at examples of successful mentoring programs. Intel and McGraw-Hill both have long running successful mentoring programs. 



One of the goals of McGraw-Hill’s mentoring program was to link people from different business units and areas. Additionally they wanted to engender the growth of diverse leadership talent that would encourage company growth. 

How Were Mentors and Mentees Matched?

Through a series of interviews, mentors and mentees were matched by their stated preferences, experience and job title. Some asked for professional development help, while others wanted advice on work/ life issues or assistance improving communication skills. A few wanted to speak with senior employees who had global experience. 



How Were Mentors and Mentees Matched?

Intel used an employee database in order to create a questionnaire that could match partners with the right mentor. Mentees selected what they wanted to learn about, and were matched with mentors who knew those subjects well

Intel's Rules for Mentoring Relationships: 

1. The mentee controls the relationship, sets up meetings, and decides what he or she wants to work on
2. Place the details of the relationship in a mentoring contract to create accountability.
3. The limits of what can and can't be discussed are decided upon by the mentoring pair, not Intel. 



Forsythe, J. (2004). Mentoring. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/marketing/jobmarket/diversity/mentoring.html

Warner, F. (2012, April). Inside Intel's Mentoring Movement. Retrieved from http://www.fastcompany.com/44814/inside-intels-mentoring-movement