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FDP Contacts

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500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Tel: (202)334-3994
Fax: (202)334-1369
E-mail:
fdp@nas.edu

FDP Brochure 2012

FDP Brochure 2012

 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’S)

WHAT IS THE FDP MENTORING PROGRAM?
The mentoring program is offered by the Membership Committee of the FDP.  Participation is voluntary but recommended.  The purpose is to assign a mentor to first-time attendees.  Mentors guide new attendees through the agenda, provide context and generally help make attendees comfortable in a new setting.  Mentors also introduce mentees to other attendees.  The goal is for the first-time attendee to get connected right away so that they can reap the benefits of membership and so that FDP can take advantage of their participation and talents.   A mentee or first-time attendee can expect to receive help and advice from anyone who is a mentor.

FOR THE MENTEE:

1. Q. What can be expected, if a mentor is requested for the meeting?
  A. You can expect:
    •    To be contacted either by email or by phone (or both) by the FDP Membership Committee and your mentor before the meeting;
    •    To meet your mentor at a predetermined time and location;
    •    To have an immediate contact who can answer questions and provide guidance for maneuvering the meetings; and
    •    To be able to follow up with your mentor after the meeting by phone or email, if you have any questions

* The mentee should also plan on attending the new attendee orientation session the first morning of the meeting to learn more about FDP and how it works.

2. Q. I am a very busy person and do not think that I have time to have a mentor.
  A. Having a mentor will actually help you use your meeting time more effectively and will save time and confusion at the meeting.  It is not a time-consuming burden, and will assist you in connecting with other FDP members and activities.
3. Q. Can I be a mentor at the next meeting?
  A. Yes, if you are ready…..we are ready to have you.


FOR THE MENTOR:

1. Q. If I volunteer to be a mentor, what are my responsibilities?
  A. Your responsibilities would be to:
    •    Contact your mentee before the meeting, preferably by phone;
    •    Connect with your mentee at the meeting at a predetermined time and location so that you can provide assistance with the agenda and  introduce your mentee to others at the meeting;
    •    Talk to the mentee to determine what their expectations are for the meeting;
    •    Communicate with your mentee if your plans change and you will not be attending the meeting, but let him/her know that there are others at the meeting that will help; you are strongly encouraged to exchange cell phone numbers; and
    •    Be available by phone or email after the meeting for questions.
2. Q. I am a very busy person and do not think that I have time to be a mentor.
  A. Giving back to FDP by being a mentor is very rewarding and will enhance FDP’s communication and marketing endeavors by giving a first-time attendee a pleasant and informative experience for their first meeting.  If you are going to the meeting, it is not a time-consuming responsibility and the benefits far outweigh the burden.