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For the third year, APA offered its popular speed-mentoring program at the 2011 Annual Convention. Based on a speed-dating model, speed mentoring is a lively interactive session that allows about 200 early career psychologists and graduate students to interact with more experienced, distinguished psychologists. The speed mentoring event offers a tremendous opportunity for networking and shared learning in an interesting and innovative setting.

At the event, mentors are stationed throughout the room and meet with mentees for 12 minutes to discuss the biggest challenges they faced in their career and how they met these challenges. They also answer mentees' questions. At the end of the 12-minute period, a signal is given and the groups of mentees rotate to the next mentor station.