MENTOR: Linda Hollingsworth, CPSM, AEC Strategist and Business Development Consultant
Length in the Industry: 30 Years
SMPS Member Since: 1993
Why did you apply to the mentorship program? I am the person I am today because someone mentored me. I have always felt that it’s important to pay it forward and I feel strongly that I have the potential to impact someone’s career. I have always been passionate about what I do and by coaching someone, I can get them excited about their job as well.
What do you hope to learn from each other? The more experienced one gets, the more of a bubble we tend to occupy. Less experienced individuals have different skill sets and areas of knowledge. I hope to see things in a new and different way and become more “hip”.
How did you (or plan to) structure your mentorship? Do you meet at the same time every week? Do you have an agenda for each meeting? At the beginning, I asked Jennifer to send me a list of goals for this year and we’ve been checking off the list. Jennifer is new to A/E/C marketing and still uncertain what her career goals are so my intent is to expose her to all aspects – from experiencing how marketing departments in other companies are structured to what it takes to be a good business developer. We adjust our meeting times based on mutual availability.
What do you like best about working in the A/E/C industry? Diversity – the fact that no two days, relationships, and strategy are the same – so the development of a win strategy excites me.
What is your biggest strength in your current position? I’m a great strategist with the ability to connect the dots that lead to successful outcomes.
PROTÉGÉ: Jennifer Locke, Marketing Coordinator, BRPH
Length in the Industry: 7 Years
SMPS Member Since: 2017
Why did you apply to the mentorship program? I know there is so much for me to learn. Although I’ve been in the A/E/C industry for 7 years, I’ve only been in marketing a little over a year.
What do you hope to learn from each other? My list is long, but I’d say the main thing would be since Linda is in BD, I’d love to learn how Marketing/BD/Technical staff should work together in a ‘perfect world.’ We all have the common goal of winning a project, but hearing some tips so the process is as easy and smooth as possible for all parties would be very beneficial.
How did you (or plan to) structure your mentorship? Do you meet at the same time every week? Do you have an agenda for each meeting? At our first meeting, Linda asked me for a list of what I hope to get from the mentorship program. We refer to that list every time we meet, but also discuss new things that have come up or address any questions that I have since our last meeting. We meet once a month, communicate via email and also were able to meet up at SERC and the Finfrock tour.
What do you like best about working in the A/E/C industry? The A/E/C industry offers complete variety. There is something new every day…and it doesn’t hurt that the buildings we’re a part of are changing people’s lives.
What is your biggest strength in your current position? I believe my biggest strength is being proactive. By being proactive, it allows me time to consider my options, weigh alternatives and make better decisions.