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ICMA's commitment to the future of the profession will ensure that the next generation continues its legacy to the communities its members serve.

Mentoring provides a shared opportunity for learning and growth. In fact, many mentors say that they are surprised and grateful for the experience because it is more rewarding than they imagined. There are multiple formal and informal opportunities to mentor within a local government organization, through other professional associations, and through ICMA.

Continue to check-in and follow #ICMAmentors, as it provides mentoring news and information as well as resources on the many ways you can get involved with mentoring.

Be a Coach: Participate in the new ICMA Coaching Program.

Now is the perfect time to take part in the new ICMA Coaching Program. Share your knowledge and expertise by serving as a coach to emerging leaders and mid-career professionals throughout the country with 1-1 Coaching. Participate in the always popular Speed Coaching session at the ICMA Annual Conference. Sign up now!

Challenge 2016: Growing the Next Generation

At the 101st Annual Conference, ICMA President, Pat Martel issued a challenge to the membership to grow the next generation of local government professionals who are also the future of the association. Mentoring plays an important role in ensuring young professionals receive the proper professional development, guidance, and encouragement that is vital to career growth. Take part in the ICMA NextUp Campaign, which aims to continue to build the leadership pipeline and take advantage of ICMA's new Affiliate Membership.

Here are more ideas to help promote mentoring:

  • Advise a young professional from your community or another community about the rewards of local government management.
  • Reach out to new ICMA members, to newly appointed professionals, and to managers in transition and share encouragement and experiences.
  • Share your experience by serving as adjunct faculty at a local university.
  • Connect your alma mater with the ICMA Student Chapter program.
  • Encourage your staff to join ICMA. ICMA offers a reduced-fee membership for entry-level to mid-management members (under department head positions) to provide comprehensive career tools and help those early in their local government career better frame their professional identity.
  • Encourage early-career professionals and emerging leaders to participate in professional development and leadership opportunities, some of which include:
    • Emerging Professionals Leadership Institute. Special low-cost, ICMA University leadership programs preceding the ICMA Regional Summits that offer early career professionals and emerging leaders a way to build their leadership skill set.
    • Emerging Leaders Development Program. A two-year program designed to help early- to mid-career professionals build contemporary management skills.
    • Leadership ICMA. An intensive two-year ICMA University program designed to cultivate key competencies needed for successful leadership at all levels of local government management. 

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