Do You Want To:

Immerse new hires into your culture?  

Build effective leaders as a part of succession planning?

Share the unique skill sets that high performers exhibit? 

Have leaders use their expertise to help develop a newer or less experienced employee?

This 3-hour course is just for you.

Mentoring provides solutions to all these needs!  

Whether you work in HR, learning and development, or are a functional leader of your organization or non-profit, mentor programs are used to support many organizations.

This course will help you to gain a fresh perspective, build new solutions, and develop your skills in mentor program design.

Mentor programs are one of the oldest, proven ways to share knowledge and culture!  

Mentor programs are an investment. Formal, Informal, or Peer mentoring solutions can be a great approach in supporting your culture, while building skills for both leaders and individual contributors. 

Mentoring is one of the best ways to strengthen skills and develop future leaders. Mentoring can also be very cost effective for organizations. This course includes examples of successful mentoring programs that resulted in a strong Return on Investment (ROI). 

Positive ROI can be achieved through: reducing turnover, building effective leadership skills, reducing training costs, preparing leaders for the next step in succession plans, reducing time to develop skill mastery, and more. 

This course provides a recipe for success for building mentor programs, as it guides you along a path to learn, apply and practice these skills. 

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In this course, you'll learn:

  • Proven methods to design informal, formal, and peer mentor programs.

  • Benefits of different program designs.

  • Mentor program components to consider.

  • Best practices necessary to support successful mentor program design.

  • Methods to evaluate mentor programs to measure success and ROI.

  • Ways to tie mentor programs to other HR processes.

Meet Your Instructor

President and Principal Consultant

Sarah Scala

A dynamic consultant, coach, and educator, Sarah Scala provides organization and leadership development, executive coaching, succession planning, change management, public speaking facilitation, and team development solutions. Her work transforms performance of executives, leaders, and teams, helping them reach their highest potential. She supports US-based and global clients across cultures, generations, geographies, and diverse industries. Sarah teaches for Harvard University's Harvard Ed Portal, and supports clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in industries such as global manufacturing, financial services, legal, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, medical, consulting, media, entertainment, and education. Learn more at


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Insights that can turn any organization into a learning organization.

Anthony Cobb, Director of Global Organizational Effectiveness, NIKE

“Sarah is a methodical and purposeful learning professional. She demonstrates a desire to be the best facilitator for any content that she is to deliver. Her attention to detail is outstanding and contributes to her professionalism. She has insights that can turn any organization into a learning organization.”

Outstanding course. Sarah's ability to create an environment where learning was fun and challenging, was very refreshing.

Mark Savoie, Senior Trainer, Entergy

"Outstanding course. Sarah's ability to create an environment where learning was fun and challenging, was very refreshing. If felt as though she was training me personally. I highly recommend this course."

A dynamic presenter able to provide the necessary key components.

Clinical Leader, Greater Nashua Mental Health Center

“Sarah is a dynamic presenter able to provide the necessary key components in a manner that is exciting and concise. She demonstrates knowledge and passion of the material presented making it easier to absorb.”

Very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and skilled facilitator.

Supply Chain Leader, Manufacturing Industry

“I have had the pleasure of attending professional training courses taught by Sarah. She is a very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and skilled facilitator. Her teaching methods were creative. She helped me to sharpen my own leadership skills while showing me new, innovative ways to look at situations."

This Course Includes:

  • On-Demand Videos

    Enjoy on-demand video clips where I talk you through key mentor program design strategies and share real-world examples.

  • Reflection Exercises

    Learn by completing reflection questions tied to the key learning points at the end of each chapter.

  • Resources

    The course includes recommended blogs, and case studies, in addition to the videos to support your learning.

  • Quizzes

    Included are a few quick quizzes to reinforce your learning and understanding.

  • Real Business Examples

    Learn through brief stories and videos about client case studies.

How Do I Know if This Course is Right for Me?

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the Mentoring Program Design for Strong ROI course:

  • Who Is This Course For?

    Designed to support those who want to build mentor programs for their organization. Whether you work in HR, learning and development, or are a leader of your organization or non-profit, mentor programs are used to support many organizations.

  • What will I Learn in this Course?

    Learn proven strategies and methods for designing informal, formal, and peer mentor programs. This course also includes methods for evaluation and ways to tie mentoring to other talent management / HR processes. Through videos, reading, and reflection exercises, we will explore ways to design programs that meet your defined objectives and provide a positive Return on Investment. The course will end with ways to strengthen and enhance your learning after the course is complete.

  • How Long Does it take to Complete this Course?

    The course duration is approximately 3 hours and is broken up into eight modules that include both video and written content. In addition to the course materials, you have the opportunity to complete reflection / homework questions in between each chapter that you can do with your accountability partner.

  • Does this Course Provide Certification or Continuing Education Credits?

    Not really. If you want a certificate upon completion, I'm glad to provide one. To be clear, the Mentor Design for Strong ROI course is intended as a personal learning tool for you, and we don't have an arrangement with entities that require certification or credits. This is an investment in your personal growth.

  • Do you offer refunds?

    Due to the instant delivery of the course content, we do not offer refunds. If you have any questions about the course, please reach out to get your questions answered before you decide to sign up for the class.

  • How is this course taught?

    Through videos, case studies, examples, and reflection assignments, we will explore ways to design mentor programs that will support your goals and objectives.

  • What if I get busy for a while and can't finish the course quickly?

    Not a problem, as you have a 365 day membership to the course, so you can return to it when you may be less busy. The course is not designed to be completed in one sitting, and instead builds in reflection time and exercises to complete in between the chapters.

  • How Long Will I Have Access to the Course?

    After enrolling in the course, you will have unlimited access to the course for 365 days. You can come back and watch the videos or review the content whenever you want during this year!


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Engaging course!

Entergy, Training Team Member

"Engaging and interactive course. Sarah did an amazing job of relaying the course content and objectives. Enjoyed the course activities to help practice skills. Would definitely recommend to anyone who will be involved in training."

Professionalism, enthusiasm, commitment, expertise!

Keith Leistekow, Kohler Company

“Sarah is what I would respectfully refer to as an Energizer Bunny – as she always puts her EVERYTHING into all she does – professionalism, enthusiasm, commitment, expertise and a focus on others learning from the task at hand.”

Highest level of quality and excellence!

Vanessa O'Neil, Training Manager, Gas Technology Institute

"Sarah dedicates herself to the highest level of quality and excellence in every facet of her work. She is highly motivated and self directed and therefore find ways to be successful in whatever roles she's in and challenges she faces."

Fast-paced, interactive style of presentation

Program Director, WECAN

“Sarah‘s fast-paced, interactive style of presentation, laced with just the right amount of humor, held the attention of the participants, with minimal lecture. Sarah was well-informed and backed up her information with documentation and a list of resources for further reference."

Course Curriculum

  • 1


  • 2

    Mentoring: Definition and Benefits

    • Mentor Definition and Benefits

    • Objectives and Differences between Formal vs Informal Mentor Programs

    • Assignment: Mentoring Reflection

    • Assignment: Read Blog on Mentoring: Positive Use Of Power

    • Where Are You Starting From?

  • 3

    Informal Mentor Program Design

    • Definition and Benefits: Informal Mentor Program

    • Example of Informal Mentor Program #1: Consumer Packaged Goods company

    • Example of Informal Mentor Program #2: Consulting Firm​

    • Assignment: Journal Reflection: Informal Mentor Program Design

    • Assignment: Read Blog on Informal Mentoring

    • Summary: Informal Mentor Program Design

  • 4

    Formal Mentoring Program Design - 1

    • Introduction to Formal Mentor Program Design

    • Benefits of Formal Mentor Program Design

    • Formal Mentor Program Components

    • Formal Mentoring Best Practices

    • Assignment: Blog on Formal Mentor Program Design

  • 5

    Formal Mentor Program Design - 2

    • Introduction to Formal Mentor Programs - 2

    • Roles in a Formal Mentor Program

    • Stages of Formal Mentor Programs

    • Example of Mentor Program #1: Manufacturing- Glass Blowing Company

    • Example of Formal Mentor Program #2: Consulting Firm

    • Example of Formal Mentor Program #3: Financial Institution

    • Assignment: Thinking About Your Organization

    • Assignment: QUIZ: Mid-Point Check In

    • Summary: Formal Mentor Program Design

  • 6

    Peer Mentoring

    • Introduction to Peer Mentoring

    • Peer Mentor Benefits

    • Assignment: Peer Mentor Blog

    • Assignment: Peer Mentor Reflection

    • Summary : Peer Mentoring

  • 7

    Evaluation and Talent Management Strategies

    • Intro to Evaluation and Talent Processes

    • Evaluating an Informal Mentor Program

    • Evaluating a Formal Mentor Program

    • Evaluating a Peer Mentor Program

    • Tying Mentor Programs to Performance Management Tools and Processes

    • Summary: Mentor Program Evaluation and Talent Processes

  • 8

    Transfer Your Learning to Work

    • Intro to Transferring Your Learning

    • Keeping your Learning Sharp

    • Assignment: Final Quiz

    • Where Are You Now?

    • Course Evaluation

    • Course Summary