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PASS Regional Mentor Program Re-Launched

As a community-centric global organization, PASS continuously strives to engage with our 300,000+ members around the world – and PASS Regional Mentors help to facilitate these connections. For those who are not already familiar, the PASS Regional Mentor Program supports a team of passionate volunteers who are committed to the engagement, mentorship, and support of PASS Community Leaders and members of their respective regions across the globe. This program has been in place for several years, and it was time to re-visit the eligibility requirements, nomination & selection process, term duration, and responsibilities of the role. Over the past several months, the PASS HQ Community Team has worked closely with members of the PASS Board to re-develop the program, as well as collaborated with existing Regional Mentors for their feedback.

The re-vamped program has established a new structure, including:

  • A maximum term of three years
  • Addition of a few new sub-regions for coverage
  • Expectations to:
    • Act as a point of contact for PASS Community Leaders in assigned regions to help provide guidance
    • Attend in-person PASS events, where possible
    • Provide direct input on PASS announcements and initiatives, and deliver community feedback to PASS HQ
    • Act as ambassadors for PASS
    • Record community activity and involvement

Full program details can be viewed through the PASS Regional Mentor Program Outline and PASS Regions.

We have launched a PASS Regional Mentor Online Submission Form for community members who are interested in submitting their interest in an open Regional Mentor position. This form was shared directly with PASS Community Leaders in advance, but all qualified candidates are now welcome to apply. Submissions will be accepted for open Regional Mentor positions on an ongoing basis.

We are still in the early stages of re-launching this program and will share more details as we continue to roll it out, including sharing a list of the current Regional Mentors and full program information on Questions about the PASS Regional Mentor Program can be directed to:

I personally would like to thank the community leaders, PASS HQ, and my PASS Board colleagues for the collaboration efforts around this initiative.

Christopher Yates
About the author

Chris Yates is a Vice President | Director of Data and Architecture with over 16 years of experience in the SQL industry. He is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, as well as Director-at-Large for PASS. His experience includes design and implementation of both OLTP and OLAP solutions, as well as assessment and implementation of SQL Server environments for best practices, performance, and high availability solutions accompanied by a strong development background.

Chris enjoys helping others in the SQL Server community and does this by contributing to several SQL forums, creating “The SQL Professor”, and speaking at several SQL functions. His passion and focus is not only on technology but also helping others along their way and career path.

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