MARK RIECK, IRWA CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Meet Your Match
IRWA creates a customized connection
for any stage of your career
I’ve known so many people who
have benefitted from a great mentor.
Most of the time those relationships
begin by chance—a boss becomes a
mentor, a successful project yields
a protégé. And nearly all those
relationships originate in a small
My first mentor was a favorite
uncle, an Exxon executive. I
idolized my Uncle James, and he
always had time to offer a word of
encouragement at family gatherings.
Then one day as I was preparing to
graduate from college, he suggested
we sit on the back deck of his North
Carolina home. I was ready to share
an adult beverage and watch the ducks
land on the water hazard near the 12th
green at the edge of his property. But
then he started asking me about my
plans for the future, wanting to know if
I was interested in his advice. Boy was I!
We spent a couple
of hours laying out
a life plan, and I
spent the next 20
years making it
happen, all under
his watchful eye.
I had the good
fortune to have a
coach in the family,
and I drew on his
guidance at every
turn. I regularly
met with my
mentor up until his death. And even
now, his plan stays in my head—
Just imagine if that form of old-fashioned mentoring could be
done today, without geographic
boundaries or the need for in-person
meetings. (Although I must admit,
that back deck was pretty nice!)
Enter IRWA’s Mentor Match,
enabling mentorship within the
IRWA and setting the tone for a new
generation of educated, informed
Whether you want a formal
relationship with one or more
members or just an easier way to
connect one-on-one, Mentor Match
creates a custom experience suited
for any stage of your career. Become a
mentor and share your experience, or
find a mentor and grow your career in
ways you could never have imagined.
My Uncle James would have loved
Mentor Match because no one
should have to wait for an annual
Thanksgiving meal to check in
and see how your career is going.
IRWA Mentor Match
1. S TART
First, complete your IRWA profile by ensuring that your contact information, professional profile picture, and bio are all up
to date. You can even import your education and job history information from LinkedIn. A complete and accurate profile is
crucial to the success of selecting and matching.
Next, decide whether you’re looking to be a mentor, mentee, or both and sign up today by clicking on the links below:
• Enroll here as a Mentor
• Enroll here as a Mentee
Make selections for each of the program demographics to set your preferences. Demographics include: topics, venue,
specialties, career stage and start/end date. Please note: Some fields are required for enrollment. The more information you
provide, the easier it will be to make the best match. Keep in mind: in order to request a mentor or mentee, you must be
enrolled in the program.
Then, use the Mentor Program Directory to input your search criteria. You can also take advantage of features to help you
find and recruit matches:
• Track your mentoring relationships
• Participate in discussion forums on mentoring topics
• Search for helpful mentoring resources
4. CONNEC T
Congratulations! You’re all set. You completed steps 1-3 and are now ready for the fun to begin! Enter one or more searches.
If you’re unsure of the search criteria, select “Search for ALL of the selected values.” The Mentor Program Directory will do
the work for you and populate the results.
Next, click on the member’s name who you’re interested in establishing a mentor/mentee connection with. The link will
bring you to their profile page. If you think it’s an ideal match, look under their profile image for the Mentor Match badge,
which when clicked will allow you to request a connection. If it’s not a desired match, you can simply select the back button
to return to your previous search results.
This IRWA is proud to announce the launch of this exciting new member benefit that reflects our commitment to you and
your professional development. This unique online networking and career development tool helps you find, connect and
share your experiences with your fellow industry peers across the globe! You can simply apply to our IR WA Mentor Match
program by following the four steps below:
Let the mentoring begin!
Access Mentor Match on the IRWA Member
Network from IRWA's homepage.
Drawing on his Uncle James' experience and guidance, Mark credits his
family mentor for influencing his life at every turn.
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