Engage in Mentoring


Welcome! SWANA's MentorMatch is the perfect place to pair up experienced professionals (mentors) willing to share their expertise with fellow colleagues (mentees) looking for career guidance or professional development within the solid waste management and recycling industry. This program allows both mentors and mentees to grow professionally and personally through each interaction with focus on common growth areas typically needed for career advancement. Mentors are encouraged to share their career experiences and lessons learned in the field, including: 

  • Leading / Managing / Motivating
  • Networking / Relationship-building
  • Branding / Marketing
  • Productivity / Profitability
  • Strategic planning / Developing
  • Time / Organization
  • Work/life balance
  • Technical skills
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Conflict resolution
  • Problem solving

* Must be a SWANA member to participate. Not a member? Join here for access.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does SWANA's MentorMatch Program work?   

SWANA’s MentorMatch program will run twice a year in the Spring and Fall where mentors and mentees can enroll, search for matches, and connect. Once connected, each match will then receive guidance from SWANA for up to six months to help both mentors and mentees along in their mentorships. Below are three simple steps to get started:

Step 1 - Enroll

When available, fill out the appropriate enrollment form to tell us more about your background so we can help you find the right match!

  • Spring Session (March – August) – OPENS FEBRUARY 2021
  • Fall Session (October – March) – OPENS SEPTEMBER 2021
*Note: Sign in to your SWANA account to join the MentorMatch Community forum on the MySWANA website under the "Communities" tab at any time to connect with like-minded members and receive program updates in-between enrollment periods.

Step 2 - Search

Mentees can then search through the list of mentors (provided by SWANA) to select their match.

Step 3 - Connect

SWANA will then connect each mentee to their selected mentor for ongoing mentorship (including guidance from SWANA) for up to 6-months.

*Note: Participants will have the option to end the mentorship at any time or continue for up to 6 months before re-establishing another relationship with either the same person or another person during the next session period.

What are the benefits of participating?                

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  • Share your knowledge and expertise with others
  • Pay it forward
  • Enhance your leadership skills
  • Build lasting business and personal relationships with colleagues
  • Grow your network and knowledge base
  • Strengthen your skills in the industry
  • Feel more prepared for career advancement
  • Build lasting business and personal relationships with colleagues
  • Gain valuable resources and problem-solving techniques


    Contact Shelby Truxon at struxon@swana.org for further assistance.