One2One Mentor/Protégé Spotlight: Valerie Delafosse and Aurelie Hernandez

Mentor: Valerie Delafosse, CPSM,  Business Development Manager at CKearney Consulting

Length in the industry: 19 years

SMPS Member since: 2015, currently serving on the Education Committee

What do you hope to learn from each other? I was a part of the program in 2016 as a Protégée and received valuable information from my Mentor, Peter DelaMoya.   I wanted to give back to our AEC community and help any professional looking to grow.

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? We will be meeting every 2-3 weeks to start.  We are using the syllabus provided by the Program to identify areas to focus on. Each meeting we are planning to concentrate on one or two areas.  Depending on that particular area and my personal experience, we may invite other industry professionals to our meetings based on that topic. We are flexible and understand circumstances in our professional and personal lives arise therefore we will likely have impromptu topics to discuss throughout our time together as well.

What do you like best about working in the A/E/C industry? Hands down the network of support, comradery and mentorship.  If you know me you have likely heard me say the industry feels like “home” and I am blessed to be a part of such a genuine and supportive group of professionals.

 

Protégé: Aurelie Hernandez, Technical Support at Hill International

Length in the industry: 1.5 yearss

SMPS Member since: 2016, currently serving on the Programs Committee

Why did you apply to the mentorship program? To learn what goes on in the business development side of the industry to become more well-rounded. I thrive on learning from those more experienced than me to gain insight into what methods have worked well for them.

What do you hope to learn from each other? How Valerie went about navigating the industry. I have a bunch of ideas but picking one is the hardest part for me. I would like to learn how she honed in on her craft so I can see that choosing one path I believe in will not close me off from other things like I fear it will.

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? We are going to meet every 2 weeks at the same time. Each meeting we will leave with something to do on our own and come back with additional information on the decided upon topic. It will be one goal with lots of small parts to get there .

What do you like best about working in the A/E/C industry? There is no ultimate level of mastery. There is always a new challenge ahead and it may be one you have yet to encounter.