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July 2020 Chapter of the Month

North Dakota

The North Dakota Chapter has members across the state, but the board noticed that the chapter’s geographic reach made it challenging for members to connect in person. To address this challenge, the board created a sub-committee to create and implement virtual peer mentoring groups. The committee used the chapter’s annual member survey to select the top seven talent development topics of interest and assigned a topic to each group. Chapter members who signed up for the program were assigned to a group based on their topic interest. Through Zoom, the peer mentoring groups met regularly for six months, and one-third of the chapter participated in the pilot of the program. According to the post-program survey, participants were satisfied with the experience as the program allowed them to learn, share, and connect with fellow chapter members. The chapter also received feedback that those who regularly facilitated the groups’ conversations expressed interest in continuing their volunteer journey through chapter board service. This program has been a major value-add for the chapter and its members. As a result, the virtual mentoring groups now run on a consistent, six-month interval, starting in January and June.