Teaching & Learning

with the Next Generation
of HR Leaders

SHRM Foundation

Mentorship Experience & Benefits

HR Professionals that dedicate time to mentoring the next generation of HR leaders are invaluable to students' career development. SHRM's mentorship experiences are designed to support students in sharpening their skills, expanding their professional network, and growing their HR knowledge.

In return, each experience will prove equally rewarding as you:

  • Expand and diversify your talent network.
  • Strengthen your communication and leadership skills.
  • Build confidence through sharing unique professional knowledge and career insights.
  • Earn up to 3 PDCs for participating as a mentor.

Career Connection Events

Our one-time, virtual mentoring events aim to empower future HR leaders with increased industry awareness of career pathways and insights, while also expanding professional networks.

As a mentor, these one-time events, ranging from 60-90 minutes, offer the most flexibility. You can serve as a panelist and/or as a career mentor for a small breakout group during these events.



Virtual Events


Minute Mentoring Sessions
Career Connection Events are facilitated at the local and national level in the following formats:
Pathways & Perspectives

Facilitated panel discussion with Q&A

Learning with Leaders

Regional small group discussions

Focused Connections
Regional HR themed conversations with breakout discussions

HR Talent Accelerator

The HR Talent Accelerator is a four-week virtual experience designed to empower students to apply their classroom knowledge and gain real-world exposure by partnering with HR professionals.

Mentors commit to coaching a small team of students to progress through a project from planning to final pitch. You'll guide your mentees through project challenges, share feedback, and help them reach solutions and goals with confidence. The overall mentor experience in the HR Talent Accelerator is estimated at 1 hour per week.


4 Week

Virtual Experience

60 Minute

Weekly Mentoring Sessions

Mentors Participating In The HR Talent Accelerator Will Support Students Through Three Phases:



  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Data Analytics
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Talent Acquisition and Employee On-boarding
  • Talent Development

CREATE / Pitch

Each week, small groups of participants and mentors will work together in session to complete a project-based learning challenge related to the weekly HR theme.



Engage mentees in self-reflection on their experience, professional growth, and application of knowledge.

HR Career Mentoring

This 1:1 or small-group career mentoring experience pairs a SHRM student member with a SHRM professional member for a three-month virtual mentoring experience.

Students and mentors are matched based on preferences shared on the application and will start the experience with an orientation followed by three monthly coaching and mentoring sessions. These sessions are interactive and will equip students with the tools they need to achieve professional goals.

The overall time commitment for mentors participating in the HR Career Mentoring experience is 4-8 hours throughout the three-month period.


3 Month

Virtual Experience

4-8 hrs

during the 3 month period

People are Talking

Denise Smoot

Great conversations going on, I saw quite a few of my students participating.

Yessenia Ordonez

The event was full of positive energy and great flow. Very approachable personalities, which is hard to convey via this medium.

Griselda Garnica-Munter

This is by far the best webcast I've been a part of. Continue to provide more of these. Genuine real people sharing real experience and life. Love it. Thank you!

James Barrett

Thanks so much for this opportunity. I greatly value the knowledge I've gained and connections I've made with others.


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