IDA Mentor Program

The purpose of this program is to connect an industry leader with an emerging industry professional through a mentoring relationship that can lead to a transfer of knowledge and broadening of networks between the two. The program is based upon encouragement, constructive comments, openness, mutual trust, respect and a willingness to learn and share information. While it will initially be aimed at IDA’s Young Leaders Program (YLP) members, it may be broadened in scope at a future date.  You must be an IDA/IDA YLP member to participate in this program.

For the emerging professional – the mentee, this program presents an opportunity to draw on the experience of established industry professionals in terms of their technical knowledge and also their business experience. For the mentor, it presents an opportunity to further strengthen the desalination and water reuse community by fostering the next generation of leaders. IDA is working closely with the YLP to manage and implement the program.

At present, IDA is pleased to announce that these highly respected individuals have agreed to serve as mentors for the program: Lisa Henthorne, IDA Past President and Senior Technology Officer of Water Standard; Prof. Harvey Winters, Fairleigh-Dickinson University, faculty member of the IDA Desalination Academy and past IDA Director; and Leon Awerbuch, IDA Director and Dean of the IDA Desalination Academy and President/CTO of Leading Edge Technologies Ltd.

IDA’s intent is to recruit mentors from all regions of the world and with fluency in a variety of languages. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee, please complete the sign-up form.

Below is a Question and Answers chart for your reference:

Questions and Answers

How does it work?> Qualifying mentees will be matched one-on-one with qualifying mentors, with no more than two mentees assigned to each mentor.

> Mentors will reach out to introduce themselves to mentees, and, from that point, lead interactions to identify and pursue topics of mutual interest.
I would like to join as a mentee. How can I participate?> You must be an IDA/IDA YLP member to participate in this program. Prospective mentees may apply by completing the IDA Mentor Program Questionnaire.
I would like to join as a mentor. How can I participate?> Prospective mentors may apply by completing the IDA Mentor Program Questionnaire. Over time, IDA is planning to create a mentor network that covers all parts of the globe with the capability to converse in many languages.
How long does the program last?> Mentees and mentors are asked to commit for a period of at least three months.
What time commitment is required?> The time-commitment will largely depend on the level of common interests within each group. Our estimate is 1 to 3 hours per month.
How does it work?> Qualifying mentees will be matched one-on-one with qualifying mentors, with no more than two mentees assigned to each mentor.

> Mentors will reach out to introduce themselves to mentees, and from that point, lead interactions to identify and pursue topics of mutual interest.