The SMPS San Antonio 2021 Mentoring Program will provide opportunities for both mentors and protégés to increase their levels of professional and technical marketing skills based on one-on-one relationships and shared collective knowledge. The program encourages individual career development, personal growth, and enhanced confidence through hands-on experience.

The mentoring program will offer access to a brain trust of mentors rather than one individual and hands-on application in lieu of monthly reporting. Rather than pre-determined pairings, the format encourages protégés to develop organic relationships with members of the mentor panel based on their specific needs at any given point in the program.

The purpose of the program is to motivate and inspire change – to help marketers have success and move up in their careers.

The structure of the program centers around four elements of accountability:

  1. Group Mentoring Sessions

    Protégés will attend and participate in monthly “Group mentoring” sessions, in person or virtually, where they will have access to a panel of mentors in facilitated discussion around a specific topic(s).

    Topics may include networking, business development, work/life balance, career development, job interview skills, leadership, time management, marketing research and planning, and marketing communications.
  1. Title Tours

There are a variety of roles and titles within the AEC industry. Roles and responsibilities can differ across disciplines (architecture vs. engineering vs. construction) and from company to company. In order to get a greater understanding of the day-to-day requirements of those roles, protégés will be required to shadow at least two (2) marketing/business development professionals in a discipline different than their own for at least 4 hours. Protégés will shadow a candidate from the mentor panel.

  1. Network Building

Networking is fundamental to any professional career; however, even the most outgoing person can find it intimidating. Networking etiquette such as introductions, speaking to strangers, appropriate follow up, etc. will be applied in a real-world scenario. Protégés will be required to attend at least two (2) networking events, preferably as a mentor’s guest.

  1. Exit Questionnaire

Finally, each protégé will complete and submit an exit questionnaire providing their feedback on the program. The information included in the questionnaire will be used for website testimonials, future programs, etc.



Program Schedule:
›   JANUARY 11, 2021: Protégé applications due
FEBRUARY 2021: Mentorship Networking & Kickoff Happy Hour (Exact Date TBD)
›   MARCH – JULY 2021: Group Mentoring Sessions
               MARCH: Group Mentoring Session (Topic: TBD)
               APRIL: Group Mentoring Session (Topic: TBD)
               MAY: Group Mentoring Session (Topic: TBD)
               JUNE: Group Mentoring Session (Topic: TBD)
               JULY:  Group Mentoring Session (Topic: TBD)
AUGUST 2021: Concluding Happy Hour (Exact Date to be Announced)

Protégé Requirements:

1.    Must be an SMPS member
2.    Attend Group Mentoring Sessions
3.    Complete at least two (2) Title Tours
4.    Attend at least two (2) Networking Events
5.    Complete the Exit Questionnaire


  • One-on-one mentoring opportunities
  • The benefit of the collaborative experience of the mentor panel
  • Real-world strategies and insights to become an effective marketer
  • Increased confidence, applicable skills development, and increase credibility within the firm
  • The flexibility to adjust your goals to match the changes in your job, company, etc.



  • Proteges: $150.00