The Posner Center is excited to present our third annual mentoring program – this time with a twist, using a reciprocal mentoring model. Especially during a time when it is difficult to make meaningful connections in person, we want to bring you together for dialogue and exchange of ideas to support the personal and professional growth of our community.

What is Reciprocal Mentoring?

We believe everyone has something to teach and to learn. In traditional mentoring programs, each pair consists of a more experienced “mentor” providing guidance to a less experienced “mentee.” In reciprocal mentoring, pairs still consist of people with more and less experience, but the roles alternate between who is the “mentor” and who is the “mentee” – every other meeting, in the same meeting, or with another structure.

“With reciprocal mentoring…in the mentor role, they hold each other accountable and give each other encouragement and feedback on their goals process. In the mentee role, they work on goals and process learning.” (The Mentor Leadership Team)

Program Goals

The goals of the Posner Center Mentoring Program are to:

  1. Enhance the professional development of both mentoring partners
  2. Support diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in staff and leadership roles in the global development sector
  3. Strengthen the Posner Center Community
  4. Strengthen and expand participants’ global development career network

Who Should Participate?

You should participate if you:

  • have at least one year of work experience (in global development or other fields)
  • want to build deeper relationships
  • want to provide guidance to others in the Posner Community
  • want to enhance your professional development and mentorship skills
  • are willing to introduce a mentoring partner to others in your network

Black, Indigenous, and people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA-identified people, and people with low incomes are strongly encouraged to apply, as people with these identities typically have less access to mentorship opportunities and have been excluded from leadership positions in global development.

While women also tend to have less access to mentorship, women are well represented in the Posner Center Community in general and leadership positions.

This program is open to all Members & Tenants of the Posner Center Community, wherever you live. Not based in Denver? No problem! Mentoring sessions can be done via Zoom or over the phone, and global members are encouraged to apply.

What Past Participants Said

I learned how to bridge and address new cultural and language barrier issues. I made promising connections for my mentee that should take his organization successfully in a new direction, which in turn energized my thinking about my own organization.

The mentoring program was invaluable and had a huge positive impact on my life. My mentor helped me with salary negotiations, helped me set up informational interviews with people in her network, offered a listening ear and sound advice. She has become a close friend and someone that I hope will be in my life for years to come. Having a mentor to turn to during covid was also very important. I don’t have the words to express the magnitude of gratitude I feel.

This has been a great experience – one of my goals when I started my job was to build my network with folks at Posner and this has done just that!

This experience was a reminder that our lives aren’t boxed into the areas of home, personal, work, play, relationships. Everything more than ever is interconnected quite literally at all times. I learned just as much from [my mentee] as if she had been my mentor. We shared a roller coaster of a year, being authentic and able to say “everything is not okay today”. It felt like I didn’t have to have it all together to be in the mentor role.

Participant Agreements

  • Participate in the program orientation & celebration
  • Set a meeting plan that works for both partners (at least monthly)
  • Keep confidentiality
  • Introduce your mentoring partner to others in your professional network
  • In the mentor role, monitor mentee progress and provide direction, assistance, and advice
  • In the mentee role, seek guidance and advice from the mentor
  • Provide feedback to your mentoring partner
  • Provide feedback to the Posner Center to improve future cohorts

Dates & Times

February 19, 2021, 8:00am MST

March 5, 2021

March 11, 2021
8:30am-9:30am MST

April 19, July 7 and October 19, 2021, 8:30-9:30am MST

January 26, 2022, 8:30-9:30am MST

Applications Due

Mentoring Pairs Announced

Mentoring Kick-off to meet the other participants, your Mentoring Partner, past Mentors and Mentees

Check-in Meetings

Mentoring Program Celebration

To Apply

We will create mentoring pairs with varied experience – in the application, you’ll have a chance to share how much experience you have, and what you would like to learn from someone with more experience and less experience than you. We plan to choose 15 mentoring pairs for the 2021 program.

Complete the application at by Friday, February 19th at 8:00am, MST.


Contact our Program Director, Lauren Andraski, at or 720-515-9071.