NBAA Mentoring Network

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Young Professionals in Business Aviation (YoPro)

“Empowering business aviation leaders by building relationships"

In 2018, NBAA will be launching a national mentoring network that will match qualified industry veterans with mentees pursuing business aviation careers, with the aim of fostering a collaborative environment for professional growth. Participants will be matched based on location, industry objectives and other factors to provide an engaging and fulfilling experience.

NBAA is currently seeking applicants for the first phase of the program. The deadline for the initial application phase is Nov. 10, 2017. Before applying, please read the:

  • Expectations for mentors
      • Expectations for mentees
        • Thanks for your interest in NBAA's mentoring program. We're excited about the opportunty to facilitate valuable professional mentorships all across the country. If you have any questions, please contact us at

          Program Overview

          The NBAA Mentoring Network is designed to help business aviation professionals grow in their roles and within the industry. Mentoring in the modern era is a collaborative partnership between an experienced individual and someone who desires to learn – a mentor is no longer someone who dictates the way things should be to a younger or less experienced individual. Likewise, a mentee is no longer a passive receiver, but instead is an active learner. Mentoring relationships are driven by the needs and ambition of the mentee, as the two will work together over the course of the program to achieve specific, defined goals that focus on developing the mentee.

          Participants will complete the four stages to the mentoring process; preparation, collaboration, growth, and closure. For more information on each stage, read the NBAA Guide for Mentors or the NBAA Guide for Mentees.


          The 2018 Mentoring Network will use the following timeline for the program:

          • November 10th - Applications close
          • December 11th - You will be notified of your mentee
          • December 18th - Confirm your mentee selection
          • January 8th - The program kicks off, at which point your mentee will reach out to schedule your first meeting
          • June 29th – The program concludes
          • Getting Involved

            Interested individuals can sign up by completing an application (see links below) before November 10th, which will be submitted to the NBAA Mentoring Steering Group.

            Once the application period closes, the Mentoring Steering Group will examine the list of mentors and the list of mentees to create pairs that will best help mentees learn and grow in the desired areas. After determining the best matches, each party will be independently notified that a match has been found with some background on their partner. The mentor may decide that the mentee would benefit more from someone else, or that they no longer have the capacity to commit to being a good mentor. When both parties agree it will be a good fit to accomplish the goals of the mentee, a confirmation email will be sent with contact information for each party. It will be the responsibility of the mentee to reach out to the mentor to set up the first meeting.

            • What Is A YoPro?

              Apply to Be a Mentor

              Apply to be a professional mentor to a young person interested in a business aviation career.

              Applications will open in spring of 2019.

            • Upcoming YoPro Events

              Apply to Be a Mentee

              Apply to be matched with a mentor within the business aviation industry.

              Applications will open in spring of 2019.

            Latest News

            NBAA Launching New Business Aviation Mentoring Program
            Jan. 3, 2018
            NBAA is implementing the first phase of a mentoring program this month, matching experienced industry veterans with those wanting to explore opportunities in business aviation. The "beta" version of the program matches 20 sets of people who were paired based on the specific interests and goals. The first class includes a diverse group, according to Brian Koester, NBAA's manager of operations – "college students looking to find their way into a business aviation career, people already in the industry looking to make a step up, people at a crossroads in their career trying to decide if they want to stay on the path they're on." Learn more about NBAA’s new mentoring program.

            YoPro Programs at NBAA-BACE Help Develop Next Generation of Industry Leaders
            Sept. 14, 2017
            At NBAA-BACE, education and networking sessions are the core events that help develop and retain the young professionals (YoPros) who are business aviation’s future leaders. An education session, "Generation Next: Developing Future Aviation Leaders," is set for Tuesday, Oct. 10, and will focus on mentoring programs, a proven method of developing and sustaining their aviation aspirations. "Either in open or subject-specific networking, the goal is the same," Sierra Grimes, NBAA manager of registration. "an open dialogue between the generations, between established industry experts and the next generation of business aviation leaders." Learn more about YoPro events at NBAA-BACE.