GRACRE Young Professional – Mentorship Program

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GRACRE’s Mentorship Program is designed to help the professional development of GRACRE’s Young Professionals by providing them opportunities to interact and learn from senior real estate leaders in small group settings.


  1. To connect young real estate professionals with senior leaders they admire and may not have the opportunity to otherwise meet or speak within a friendly setting.
  2. To provide a venue for young real estate professionals to receive career advice, learn about relevant topics in the industry, and ask questions they may be hesitant to ask at larger events.
  3. To create an opportunity for mentors to speak about their career and meet young professionals in the industry without having to make a major time commitment.

Program Format

The program will comprise of individual meetings on an ongoing basis that are led by different senior real estate professionals. The events are intended to be informal discussions over breakfast, lunch, or a site tour. The mentor will lead a conversation about his or her career, the Richmond real estate market, and provide insight into a current industry topic as appropriate (the topic would be provided in advance). The meetings will be limited to 10-15 young professionals to facilitate open dialogue and questions. The program will not require an ongoing commitment from the young professionals but rather they will sign up for individual events based on interest in the mentor or topic.

Conversation Starters / Example Questions for Mentor
Career Related:

What is your background and how did you get to where you are today in your career?

Is this where you thought you would be in your career ~10 years ago?

What are some of the most important lessons you have learned or advice you have received? Who are some of your role models or people who have had the biggest impact on your career? What do you wish you knew ~10 years ago? What would you do differently early in your career? What has been the hardest lesson you have learned?

What is an example of a challenging experience you had to overcome?

What are some of the sacrifices you had to make to get where you are?

How have you managed to balance your work with your personal time?

What leadership skills were the most difficult to develop?

What are the best parts of your job? The worst?

What has been your most exciting/rewarding project?

At what point did you feel like you were starting to make it (make a difference) in your career? How do you measure success within your career? How has that changed since you started? What else you are hoping to accomplish in your career?


Have you noticed any similarities in the market between now and pre-2007?

What excites you about Richmond, specifically in your field of work?

How do you see the industry and your field of work changing over the next 5 years? 20 years? Where do you see most people fall short of being successful in this industry?

What recommendations do you have for growing our networks in this industry?


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