The ONE2ONE Mentor-Protégé program is accepting applications.

If you are a seasoned marketer looking to refresh your passion for the industry, or if you are starting your career and looking for ways to grow in the industry, this is the program for you. The program is an embodiment of the commitment of the Colorado Chapter of SMPS to assist all A/E/C marketers in their personal growth and professional development. This program is available for entry and senior level professional services marketers to further their growth. 

 How the One2One Mentoring Program Works

All prospective mentors and protégés must complete the application form, regardless of previous program participation. Submit it along with a current resume that includes work history, educational background, special skills and interests, and any other relevant biographical information. This information is intended to assist the One2One Committee to match mentor/protégé pairs based upon background and career tracks.

Following the matching process, applicants will receive a reply letting you know if you have been accepted into the One2One Program and next steps.

Each pair is required to meet on a monthly basis individually, and to participate in the kickoff event and four structured group training sessions scheduled from September 2020 through May 2021.

The sessions feature a curriculum of speakers and workshops designed to facilitate personal and career development for both mentors and protégés. Sessions revolve around a specific topic and provide the opportunity for learning and group discussion.

Dates and times for the session are still to be determined as well as if the sessions will be conducted in person or remote.  


Protégés will be required to pay a $250 program participation fee and mentors will be requested to pay a $50 program participation fee by August 2020 (date of speed dating event), if your application is accepted.

The Schedule

Applicants must commit to attend the following dates shown below:

  • July 28, 2020: applications become available.
  • September 4, 2020: application deadline. 
  • September 2020*: “Meet and Greet” event for those participating in the program.
  • September 2020*: announcement of pairings and kickoff event.
  • October 2020*: structured session “The Art of Negotiation” by Elizabeth Suarez
  • January 2021*: structured session “Managing Stress” by Lisa Marini
  • March 2021*: structured session “Understanding the C-Suite” by Julie Witecki
  • May 2021*: structured session “Strategies for Stepping Into Your Power” by Jennifer Porter

*Dates to be Confirmed with participants



Mentor must be senior-level marketing or business development professionals with a minimum of eight years’ experience at A/E/C industry firms and be current or past members of SMPS.


  • You are eager to share your experiences and wisdom
  • You listen well and are a great cheerleader
  • You can positively influence and foster another’s growth
  • You are a current or past member of SMPS Colorado


Marketing professionals who are currently in positions at firms in the A/E/C industry; have a minimum of two years professional experience; and who are current SMPS members are eligible to be protégés.


  • You want to grow personally and develop professionally
  • You want to become a courageous leader in your firm
  • You want to take charge in managing your career path
  • You are ready for the next challenge in your life’s work
  • You are a current member of SMPS Colorado

Applications are Due September 4, 2020


Testimonials from the SMPS One2One Program

“Being involved in the SMPS Mentor Committee was incredibly fulfilling both personally and professionally. In such a fast-paced digital world it was wonderful to meet as passionate, authentic and career minded professionals and develop a relationship of friendship, love, trust and respect. While I started as a mentor it was clear I was also the mentee.”

April Hermann | DLR Group

“The most important reason I chose to be a mentor was the positive feeling of “giving back” to someone.  As a mentor, I didn’t take my role lightly.  I was invested in the success of my protégé.  My focus was on being compassionate and listening, to what challenges my protégé was going through.  I was committed to empowering my protégé to develop their own strengths, beliefs, and personal attributes.  As a mentor I was able to help my protégé navigate their career path and provide motivation, guidance, and emotional support and be a resource for them. Becoming a mentor led to experiences and opportunities that I didn’t anticipate when I started the process.  I was able to help someone navigate issues in their work life, and in turn it allowed me to look at my own life and work processes—and I found myself changing several of them for the better.”

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Maggie Bolden | Palace Construction

“The One2One program expands the SMPS learning culture valued by its members. Members invest in SMPS for career development and yield a return of supportive and trusted relationships. I learned far more in the role of a mentor than I ever imagined. I am fueled by the partnership created in this program and encouraged when I see protégés grow into mentors. I’m proud to be part of the life journey of so many fantastic AEC marketing and business development professionals.”

Julie Witecki | Swinerton

“The One2One program is fantastic, and I highly recommend it. The programs and the new relationships I developed were incredibly beneficial as I began to navigate this new phase in my career.”

Valerie Jackson | RTA Architects

“Through the One2One mentoring program I was able to expand my understanding of how marketing and business development fit into the industry. As a protégé, I was able to pick the brain of a more senior mentor in the industry, but also share trials with other protégés and not feel alone. My network grew in valuable ways where I feel confident reaching out for advice and resources.”

Liz Kamper | CBRE

“As a relatively new marketer to the area and industry, I was hoping to gain more knowledge and insight in the Colorado and AEC world.  My other goal was to grow myself professionally and learn new tools and thought processes that I may not have come to on my own.  Throughout the program, my mentor and I discussed these goals in depth and as a veteran of the industry, she was more than happy to provide me with the knowledge to use and apply to my situations.  After the conclusion of the One-2-One program, I am able to look at issues and situations more objectively and use a different approach than normal.  I am excited to see where my career of AEC Marketing can take me and credit this new confidence to take bigger steps to further my goals.”

Amanda Sparks | Kumar & Associates, Inc.

“The SMPS Colorado Mentor-Protégé program provide good content on social and technical skills. As a mentor, I learned a ton myself working with my protégé. I recommend this program for both new and seasoned professionals as it provides a forum to grow your career.”

Teena Bergstrand | Saunders Construction


Questions? Please contact Ale Spray ([email protected])