Mentor Match

Meet your Match with TAPPI's Mentor Match

TAPPI Connect's Mentor Match unites Mentors and Protégés to share resources and experiences while working together to achieve professional and personal goals. Mentor Match will offer flexibility and creativity for better professional development.


Mentors must...

  • Fill out their Mentor and regular Connect profile with as much information as possible.
  • Attend a scheduled kick-off call.
  • Commit to an agreed-upon schedule for meeting with their Protégé.
  • Provide guidance and assistance through project-based, career-oriented, and/or volunteer mentorship.
  • Exercise good judgment when committing to multiple Protégés. It is recommended to take on no more than 2-3 TAPPI Protégés at one time.


Protégés must...

  • Fill out their Protégés and regular Connect profile with as much information as possible in order to find a great match.
  • Be the ones to facilitate the partnership - responsible for reaching out to Mentors for help.
  • Establish clear goals for the mentor/protege relationship. Mentors have the right to back out of a partnership if the Protégé's goals are not well-formed.
  • Attend scheduled kick-off calls.
  • Only have one TAPPI mentor at a time.

Frequently Asked Questions


How does the TAPPI Mentor Match program work? 

To be involved in the program, you must submit an application through TAPPI CONNECT as either a mentor or a protégé. Once the application is submitted, you will be added to the appropriate directory on TAPPI CONNECT. You can then view and sort through profiles to find your perfect match based on job role, location, years of experience, etc. When you find someone you are interested in working with, you can then reach out via email (outside the system) to find out if there is a mutual interest. We do our best to accommodate everyone and suggest that Mentors have no more than 3 Protégés at a time to avoid work overload.

Who can participate?

Mentor Match is open to any current TAPPI member or nonmember. 

What is a Mentor?

A Mentor is an experienced and trusted adviser within a TAPPI associated industry who will support a Protégé through achieving a professional or personal goal. The Mentor will share and receive resources, advice and teachings with a Protégé.

What is a Protégé?

A Protégé is guided and supported by a more experienced person within the industry they are interested or involved in. The Protégé can also receive and share resources, advice and teachings with a Mentor.

When can I sign up?

Mentors and protégés can signup anytime! 

What can participants expect?

At the start of a mentor match, participants will join a kickoff call, and then additional meetings will take place at set intervals that are convenient to both parties to assure regular communication.  Using the online application, Protégés will complete a form upfront to use as a way to focus the mentorship period. TAPPI will recommend that mentors and protégés spend one hour connecting each month. The mentoring will take place over the course of 6 months and can be extended to meet each team’s needs.

Does a match have to be local?

No. Thanks to TAPPI Connect, members from across the globe can easily communicate by whatever method works best for them: through TAPPI Connect, phone, video conferencing software, or email.