Professional Mentoring Program


Interested in joining the Professional Mentoring Program this year? The 2017 application can be filled out here! Applications are due by Friday, August 11th 2017!

Check out this year's awesome mentors:

Cairn Cross - Fresh Tracks Capital
Mike Schirling - VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Judy Peterson - Visiting Nurse Association
Stephanie Miller Taylor - REM Development
Kurt Gruendling - Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom
Ernie Pomerleau - Pomerleau Real Estate
Jesse Beck - Freeman French Freeman
Stephanie Wernhoff - People's United Bank
Dawn Francis - Town of Colchester
Matt Dodds - Brandthropology

View all of our mentor's bios here!

The Professional Mentoring Program requires a six month commitment where mentees and mentors meet a minimum of one time a month. The Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce will facilitate the first meeting, but all other plans will be made between the mentee and mentor.




Special thanks to Leunig's Bistro for sponsoring the Professional Mentoring Program!


Our first year of the Professional Mentoring Program was a success, with 10 early stage professionals getting mentoring from 10 established professionals. The initiative focused on providing up and coming individuals with meaningful support from leaders in the community.

This program would not have been possible without our sponsor People's United Bank and the wonderful mentors who signed on:

Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power
Mike Schirling, Executive Director of BTV Ignite
Bill Shouldice, President and CEO of Vermont Teddy Bear
Martha Maksym, Executive Director of the United Way of Northwest Vermont
Sara Byers, President and Co-Owner of Leonardo's Pizza and Leonardo’s of Vermont
Al Gobeille, Owner of Gobeille Hospitality
Jeff Beer, Co-Founder and Principal of Select Design
Beth Fastiggi, President of FairPoint Communications
Ernie Pomerleau, President of Pomerleau Real Estate
Bill Schubart, Author, Chair of VT College of Fine Arts, Principal of Non-Profit Governance and Strategy, Director The Hinesburgh House

Read more about last year's mentors here.