Boise Young Professionals (BYP) is a program providing up-and-comers many opportunities to learn and interact with leaders throughout the Treasure Valley. I joined BYP almost three years ago and have seized every opportunity to get more involved each year. At the beginning of 2015, I took over as lead for B|Wise, a program that selects five or six community leaders and pairs them with young professionals; they then meet twice a month for three months. The program is held two times per year, once each in the spring and fall. I have participated in this program three times and created lasting relationships with both mentors and fellow mentees. In fact, one of the previous groups I was a part of still continues to meet, even though our sessions ended a year ago. This program has been a big part of my life and is the reason I wanted to be a part of helping it grow.
B|Wise is one of the BYP’s biggest and most successful programs, and we get a lot of participation from fantastic community leaders. We attempt to recruit diverse leaders, allowing upcoming mentees to choose a mentor to which they will best be able to relate. This is something I found difficult when I was participating as there were not yet any participating professionals from within the architectural profession. However, I still happened to choose really great mentors.
Attracting a future mentor within the architectural field was my first priority at the beginning of 2015. But with schedules tough to coordinate, I was not able to get a mentor that fit the bill for the first sessions. When fall rolled around, I approached [CTA Principal and director of the firm’s Healthcare Group] Tim Miller to be a mentor. His response: “Sure! What do I need to do?” This was very exciting. Having a mentor with Tim’s background and within a specialized field helped us reach a whole new demographic of young professionals and students at Boise State University.
This expanded reach enabled us to attract additional talented professionals. Showcasing the mutually beneficial nature of B|Wise, Amber Salcedo, a Miller mentee, was offered a year-long internship at CTA. She joined our Refrigeration team in December 2015.
CTA Refrigeration Intern Amber Salcedo:
“Getting to participate in B|Wise and have Tim as my mentor was an invaluable experience. I was able to receive advice on how to manage my own team projects at school and how to motivate people within my teams. Along with these skills, I was able to gain a lot of confidence in meeting new people.”
The most recent wrap-up celebration, marking the end of every three-month mentoring session, was held Jan. 14. We had excellent turnout and a great ceremony thanking our mentors. I wanted to again thank Mr. Miller for volunteering his time, knowledge, and experience to the young professionals in our community. The firm’s spirit of giving and helping out is just one more reason I’ll be #CTA4Life.
In 2016, Boise Young Professionals turns 10 years old, and will be putting on an event each month for the next 10 months to celebrate. For each one of these events, CTA will be partnering with BYP to celebrate the firm’s commitment to the community. In fact, CTA itself is celebrating its 50th anniversary of working in Idaho. Back in 1966, CTA educational planners helped with the very first master plan for the College of Southern Idaho campus in Twin Falls, ID. And our teams are still working with CSI today.
This is going to be a great year to live in the Treasure Valley!
Main image: CTA principal Tim Miller holds a meeting with Boise intern (and recent mentee) Amber Salcedo.