CAPIO Mentoring Program

Program Overview

CAPIO is committed to providing our members with ongoing learning and development – which is key to our members’ success. One of the most important development opportunities is to help our members continue to advance in the profession is mentorship.

CAPIO’s Mentoring Program was developed to help foster the growth of our members through two-way learning between a member and a mentee. Mentees in CAPIO’s program have direct access to seasoned communication professionals from across the state and from varying backgrounds. These mentors are experts in key areas of interest deemed fundamentally important to the profession and are willing to be a resource that facilitates learning and growth for the mentee.

Additionally, this relationship also benefits the participating mentors by providing opportunities to expand their leadership skills, share their experiences and insights, and learn from the experiences of their mentees.

Mentors and mentees also have the opportunity to diver deeper into specific areas of interest or receive guidance.

CAPIO Mentoring Program Fact Sheet 

How it Works


  • Applications are being accepted now through March 1, 2019.
  • Participants will be notified of their paired mentor/mentee by March 29, 2019, prior to the annual conference.
  • The official program will run from April 8, 2019, to March 31, 2020.
  • Mentor/mentee pairs will meet four times over the year (in person, by phone or video chat) for at least one-hour each time

Expectations of Mentees

  • Make the initial contact with his/her mentor and schedule all meetings
  • Identify overall outcomes he/she hopes to attain with the support of his/her mentor
  • Prepare and provide an agenda to his/her mentor in advance of each meeting
  • Follow through on commitments and goals set during meetings
  • Be receptive to feedback and coaching from his/her mentor
  • Take advantage of the opportunities and advice presented by his/her mentor

Mentee Qualifications

  • Maintain an active CAPIO membership for the duration of the program
  • Have a desire to learn from a mentor
  • Have ambition to succeed
  • Have a passion for government communications
  • Be committed to establishing and working toward goals with a mentor


Expectations of Mentors

  • Understand his/her mentee’s desired outcomes and prepare for meetings accordingly
  • Act as a resource by sharing his/her experiences, knowledge and wisdom with his/her mentee
  • Help mentee establish goals
  • Challenge his/her mentee to think and analyze options
  • Offer advice to guide his/her mentee in reaching his/her professional and personal goals
  • Provide constructive and meaningful feedback

Mentor Qualifications

  • Maintain active CAPIO membership for the duration of the program
  • Have at least 10 years of expertise in government communications
  • Have a desire to share your knowledge and experience with a mentee
  • Be willing to commit time and energy to the partnership
  • Have a passion for government communications


Other Details

  • Participants will be matched to the best extent possible based on location, industry, experience and desired outcomes
  • Each pair will be provided a $100 budget from CAPIO to ease the cost burden of in-person meetings. This budget may be used for travel expenses and meal reimbursements only. Otherwise, participants are expected to cover their own expenses associated with their participation in the program.
  • While CAPIO’s Mentorship Program organizer will check in periodically with participants, participants are ultimately  responsible for the success of their mentoring relationship
  • If a participant feels, at any time or any reason, that the mentoring relationship should end, CAPIO’s Mentorship Program organizer will support this decision and work with participants on appropriate next steps
  • To support continuous program improvement, participants will be asked to provide feedback during and after the program
  • This is not a job placement program. Mentees should not expect a job offer or recommendation from their mentor

For more information, contact CAPIO’s Education and Development Chair Rachel McGuire, APR, at [email protected] or 760-707-4149.

Program Brochure