In an effort to further the ABAA’s mission, the mentorship program builds relationships between ABAA dealers and early-career booksellers, provides professional development opportunities for prospective ABAA members, and creates a recruitment pipeline that increases the number and diversity of qualified applicants to the ABAA. The 2022 mentee application can be found here.
During the year-long mentorship period, with support from ABAA Headquarters, mentors and mentees meet monthly to discuss aspects of their individual businesses and the trade as a whole.
Knowing that “fit” is key to a successful mentorship, ABAA Headquarters and the Women’s Initiative Committee carefully match mentors to mentees, taking into consideration special requests, areas of focus, and business models. Location may also be a factor, but with the availability of technology like Zoom, need not be a requirement.
ABAA Headquarters will be available throughout the entire process, from applications to mentorship pairings through the completion of the program, to address any questions or concerns that may arise.
More information including a full list of requirements for mentee and mentor applications can be found here. Please feel free to pass this opportunity along to employees, colleagues, or others who may be interested.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to Eloisa Amezcua, ABAA’s Assistant Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
APPLICATION PERIOD: February 23, 2022 – April 1, 2022
MENTORSHIP PERIOD: May 2, 2022 – May 1, 2023