Your questions. Three mentors. One powerful event!

Are you ready for instant mentoring – and the opportunity for along-term mentorship?
Join us at Mentor Connect as a mentee!

Thursday, June 13
5:30 - 8 p.m.

Cowork LWR, 8130 Lakewood Main St #103
$25 - YLA Members
$40 Non-members

This introductory event grants you access to the experienced and knowledgeable business leaders of LWRBA in order to establish relationships and potentially, a mentorship. At Mentor Connect, you will engage in several short, but authentic discussions about the topics of your choosing, and you will receive instant guidance and professional development – all in a quick-paced and exciting environment.

Interested in becoming a mentee?

Space is limited! Please fill out the application and you will be contacted by a member of the YLA Committee.
Applications due May 31st. You will be invoiced after you are accepted as a mentee.


Mentors Needed!

In the past few weeks, members of the Young Leaders Alliance have started recruiting mentors for the upcoming YLA mentorship event, Mentor Connect. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please read the description and requirements below.

Now in its 3rd year, Mentor Connect is a springboard to establish relationships between the experienced and knowledgeable business leaders of within the LWRBA and emerging young professionals in the YLA. This program will provide professional development for both parties and will give the mentors an opportunity to transfer their wisdom and experience to mentees, empowering them to become the future business leaders in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

As a mentor, you are agreeing to:

  • Attend the Mentor Connect event on Thursday, June 13 from 5:30 to 8 pm
  • Share your knowledge and insights with tomorrow's leaders!
  • Meet with a mentee at least once post-event, if requested
  • Provide feedback to YLA committee regarding the Mentor Connect event.

If you are interested in participating as Mentor, please complete and return the Mentor Agreement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where and when is the event?

A: The event is June 13, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. The event will be held at Cowork LWR and the Culinary Innovation Lab at USF Sarasota-Manatee. The physical address is 8130 Lakewood Main St #103 and #104, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. There are multiple parking lots surrounding Lakewood Ranch Main Street, as well as street parking. The closest parking lot is located east of Main Street (behind the building).

Q: How does the event work?

A: Prior to the event, you will receive information and questions from each of your three mentees. During the event, you will meet with each of your mentees and be given 25 minutes to discuss their predetermined questions. The mentees will rotate stations to meet with each of their mentors and afterwards there will be time for networking as well as food and drinks to enjoy.

Q: What is the time commitment to be a mentor?

A: We ask that you arrive to the event by 5:15 pm on June 13, and stay to participate until 8 pm. Additionally, we ask that you accommodate one post-event meeting (time and date at your discretion) with any mentees who decide to reach out to you as a result of the event.

Q: What is the expectation of me as a mentor?

A: The expectation of mentors is to sign a mentor contract committing you to the event and selecting your mentor categories; in preparation of the event, review the information provided to you via email about your mentees, including their questions, and prepare responses based on your experiences, knowledge, etc.; arrive on time the day of the event and be active and engaged; if you are approached by a mentee after the event about a one-on-one meeting, accommodate at your discretion.

Q: How are mentors and mentees selected?

A: Once the YLA Mentor Connect committee has collected all the sign-up sheets from the mentors, as well as the mentee’s applications, they will begin pairing mentors and mentees based on the mentee’s interests, questions, industry, etc. 

Q:  Is there a deadline to sign up as a mentor?

A: For planning purposes, we ask that potential mentors apply to participate by May 10, 2019.

Q:  When will I know if I am selected as a mentor?

A: The mentors who have been selected will be notified via email by May 14, 2019.

Q: Who can I contact for more specifics about the event?

A: The YLA Mentor Connect Committee Chair is Ashlyn McCarty. She can be reached at

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