If your organization is preparing to launch a mentoring initiative, you may be wondering where to begin. Here are six tasks to add to your to-do list:

1. Make sure the business case for mentoring aligns with your organization’s strategic direction.

2. Develop job descriptions for your Mentoring Oversight/Advisory Team, their individual member roles and responsibilities, and the person who will manage your mentoring program.

3. Develop a policy statement outlining mentoring expectations.

4. Create a budget that covers training and resources, including a salary/stipend for the mentoring point person.

5. Develop a strategic communication plan for broadcasting mentoring messages to all stakeholders.

6. Allocate virtual space to house information and mentoring resources.