What is IACP Connect?
This year IACP is launching a new program, IACP Connect, that will get to the heart of what the organization’s all about: support and continued growth.
IACP Connect is a peer-to-peer knowledge-sharing and mentoring program. The IACP Connect Program will take advantage of the wealth of knowledge within the organization by pairing up individuals who will act as each other’s support and guide along his or her career path. The aim of this program is to create mutually beneficial relationships so that we all simultaneously learn, teach, and succeed together.
If you are interested in the program, please fill out our survey here. Once you’ve answered the brief three-question survey, we will compile all the answers and match people with their partners. In the interest of privacy, names will be omitted from the initial pairing process and your survey results will only be shared with IACP Connect team.
Once we’ve made the pairing, we’ll get in touch to introduce you and your new partner. We’ll ask you lay out your expectations for the partnership, keeping in mind that we want it to be mutually beneficial and fun. These partnerships can last up to 12 months (with a minimum of 4 interactions within that time period), though you can tailor your partnership term to suit your needs.
You and your partner can choose the best method for interaction. If you live in the same town, you could meet for coffee or a drink, or for long-distance partnerships, a phone call or a session on Skype might be best.
If for some reason, you and your IACP Connect partner can’t seem to get on the same page, not to worry! IACP Connect is just a quick email away and we’ll do our best to remedy the situation ASAP.
The IACP Connect team is made up of 100% volunteer IACP members (from left to right: Gaby Dalkin, Glenn Mack (board member), Aida Mollenkamp). Speaking of which, we’re now looking for volunteers! Give us a shout if you’re interested. That said, please be patient as we build this program and iron out any kinks. We’re all ears to constructive feedback.
Over the next few years, we’re hoping to grow this into a core piece of IACP. We’ll also be rolling out other features of IACP Connect, possibly including additional support such as a Facebook group, quarterly calls and more, so stay tuned!