Mentor Program
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DEVELOP YOURSELF. GET MENTORED.

OUR MENTORSHIP PROGRAM IS A STEPPING STONE TO BECOMING ACADIANA’S NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS.

The705 Mentor Program is the most successful program of its kind in Acadiana. The program provides both mentors and protégés with a mutually rewarding experience. The program is designed to provide 705 members with direct and exclusive access to local mentors in our community. Mentors should be leaders that want to assist in the development of others and will be selected from our Lafayette community from a variety of disciplines.


GOAL

Provide members with an opportunity to work with and develop relationships, personal and professional, with the established leaders in the Acadiana community. The result will be a development pipeline for the next generation of leaders.

ROLE OF MENTOR

Mentors will be asked to commit to 4 personal meetings (breakfast/lunch) over the course of a year with their protégés. They are welcome to have more meetings, but we request a minimum commitment of 4. Each mentor will be assigned up to 2 members and 1 board member. There will also be two mentor/protégé social events hosted by the 705 to encourage casual conversation amongst community leaders and 705 members.

 

PARTICIPATION

705 members that are current with their dues will be allowed to participate in the mentor program through an application process in January. Mentors will be matched with protégés by the Professional Development Committee. Board Members will be responsible for communication and meeting planning with the mentor. The Professional Development Committee along with the President will assign applicants to the Mentors.

INVESTMENT

To participate in the program, we ask each member for a $60 registration fee to offset program costs. Each 705 member and board member will be required to cover the cost of their own food and drink during the meetings.

 

2022 MENTORS

Carlee Alm LaBar

Carlee Alm LaBar

President/CEO
United Way of Acadiana
Jay Toups Headshot

Jay Toups

President/CEO
High Performance Teams

Aileen Bennett

Creative Director
Aileen Bennett, LLC
Charles Edwards

Charles Edwards

Chief Executive Officer
Advance Telehealth Consulting Solutions & One Telemed
Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson

Entrepreneur
CPR 2 Geaux, L4S Farms, & Fightingville Fresh Farmers Market
Ashley Mudd Headshot

Ashley Mudd

Non-Profit Executive
Association of Leadership Programs
Jacquelyn Marks-Rollins

Jacquelyn Marks-Rollins

Second Generation Owner/Operator
Marks Management McDonald’s
Heidi Melancon Headshot

Heidi Melancon

Regional Director
Louisiana Small Business Development Center at UL Lafayette
Ryan Ceasars

Dr. Ryan Cazares

Optometrist
Scott Eye Care
Kenny Stansberry

Ken Stansbury

Financial Advisor
Cornerstone Financial Group
Bill Rodier Headshot

Bill Rodier

Executive Director
St. Landry Parish Economic Development
Rusty Frioux

Rusty Frioux

Director of Information Systems
Tides Medical
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Monica Rougeau

Owner & President
Elevare