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Mentor Circle

FPSA provides all members an opportunity to become a mentor or work with a mentor to nurture personal and professional growth.

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A significant reason people join associations is to connect with like-minded professionals and learn from one another. At times, talking with peers outside of your company provides a safe and beneficial forum. Given our diverse industry and membership, employees of FPSA member companies invite individuals to:

  • Become a Mentor and share your career and life experiences with your colleagues in the industry.
  • Sign up to be a Mentee to help you create goals, develop your dream career path, or have questions answered on areas where you might be struggling.

How does the Mentor Circle work?


Will interact with small groups via video conferencing. The groups will choose meeting times, time frames, and topics, with some ready-to-use material available. Mentors will receive initial training and ongoing support.


Interacting in small groups, mentees will share experiences, challenges, and successes with the group and mentor. In addition, there will be opportunities for coaching, Q&As, etc.

Group Mentoring
The Mentor Circles typically meet virtually for interactive small group sessions that provide ALL FPSA members, regardless of the stage in their career, the opportunity to become a mentor, or work with a mentor, to nurture professional growth. Each Mentor Circle can choose to cover a variety of work-related topics, such as:

  • Attributes of Success
  • Company Culture
  • Career Development
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Time Management
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Succession Planning
  • People Management
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Navigating Change
  • And many more! Sign up for the FPSA Mentor Circle today. 

What I have learned is more than I can actually articulate here… What I value is the individuality and intelligence of each of the circle members… our meetings provide relief, and some solace as well as discovery and guidance. – DeEtta Derby (Eclipse Innovative)


Being a part of this program allows me to give back in ways I wished others had when I was preparing for the workforce… I hope to continue with this program and find even more growth within myself. – Carrie Zillman (The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company)


Everyone has a different story, but we all have one common goal… to succeed and live a great life. I was able to learn from the mentees as much as they were learning from me. – Andrew “Atch” Atchison (Miller Resource Group)


Fun and energizing to form a relationship with very talented students who are some of the future leaders in the food industry. – Darin Zehr (Commercial Food Sanitation)