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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Sept. 1, 2021

Attend a mentoring program September road show event in Boston, South Florida or Cape May

By Janki Patel, MyCG Writer

Participating in the Coast Guard Mentoring Program is one of the best ways to accelerate your Coast Guard career. Road shows will be held throughout September in Boston, South Florida and at Cape May to help personnel understand all the mentoring program has to offer. The events are open to all members, reservists, and civilians.

The dates and locations are:

  • Sept. 2 – Boston, Mass.
  • Sept. 10 – Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Sept. 15 – St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Sept. 17 – Miami, Fla.
  • Sept. 20-24 – District 7 / South Florida

“The road shows bring the new Mentoring Program directly to our workforce,” said Danielle Tergis, marketing program specialist for the Office of Leadership. “They give everyone the opportunity to learn about the four different tracks designed to meet their specific career needs and goals, and they can see how easy it is to enroll from their own mobile device.”

The Mentoring Program is comprehensive and provides a mix of ways for mentors and mentees to interact and collaborate. These include one-on-one, peer-based via Communities Marketplace (Circle Mentoring), emerging leaders mentoring senior leadership, and one-time, “flash” sessions.

Reasons to attend a road show include:

  • Learn more about the peer collaboration, networking, and resource sharing tracks that go beyond traditional mentoring.
  • Get assistance enrolling on a personal or work mobile device. No Common Access Card needed.
  • Receive recommendations on the mentoring track(s) that best fits your needs.
  • Learn about the over 140 communities in the Communities Marketplace (Circle Mentoring),
  • Explore how to become a mentor and discover the resources available to assist you.

“Out in the field there is a tremendous amount of interest in the peer networking and collaboration opportunities provided by the Mentoring Program,” said Carl Boehmer, program manager for the Mentoring Program. “The mobile accessibility is a game changer for how our people connect with each other, and I’m excited about bringing awareness of the program to even more of our personnel.”

The Mentoring Program team kicked off the road shows earlier this summer and so far, they have visited 21 units on the East and West Coasts. The upcoming road shows in Boston, South Florida and at Cape May promise to be equally as informative.

In a previous road show to the San Francisco Bay area, the Mentoring Program team connected with over 500 USCG personnel while visiting 14 different units, including: Pacific Area Commanders in District 11, USCGC Stratton, TRACEN Petaluma, Port Security Unit (PSU) 312, Sector San Francisco, and Station Golden Gate. The visit was championed by District 11’s Rear Adm. Penoyer, the first flag officer enrolled in the program.

Another highly successful visit was to the Tidewater area, which included visits to Yorktown, Norfolk, and Portsmouth. The team made contact with FORCECOM, Director of Operational Logistics, Atlantic Area, District Five, and TRACEN Yorktown’s representatives from “A” School and “C” School.  

“During these road shows, we have seen great interest in our Communities Marketplace (Circle Mentoring), which allows Coasties to connect and network with others across the Coast Guard, whether it be with similar ratings, career specialties and members of different affinity groups, just to name a few,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Tyler Mleczko, program analyst. “These peer-to-peer run networking groups are ideal for collaborating and sharing resources with anyone, anytime, anywhere, and we’ve created a number of groups based on the interest we’ve received during our presentations.”

For more information, contact your Command Master Chief or a Leadership Diversity Advisory Council member.