The Soundings Trade Only Group, the leading B2B news and information provider for the recreational boating industry in the US is bringing back their 1 + 1 Mentoring Program, designed to connect marine industry newbies with leaders in a variety of areas. We also hear from Michele Goldsmith, Vice President & General Manager, who talks more about the program, who it’s for, and how to get involved.

1 + 1 Mentoring Program

About The Program

The 1+1 mentoring program connects people at the start of their marine careers with industry leaders for 40-minute, virtual one-on-one conversations to share insights, expand knowledge, and to foster personal development and community.

Here’s what Michele Goldsmith has to say about the program and who it’s for:

“The 1+1 program connects people at the start of their careers with marine industry leaders.

These leaders represent a broad range of industry sectors and disciplines such as operations, marketing, sales, product development, and leadership, to retail, boatbuilding, components, dealerships, associations and more.  All the meetings take place virtually, providing an invaluable opportunity to interact with a prominent leader for your personal growth, career guidance, to learn and build your network. Now in its third year, approximately 90% of mentors and mentees have remained in contact.

My advice is to register to meet with your preferred leader and be prepared with subjects, challenges, or projects you wish to discuss, maximizing your time with them.

Each participant may engage in up to three sessions. Respecting the leaders’ generous contribution of time, insights, experience, and expertise, we ask that you refrain from solicitation during the meetings. Our goal is to forge connections that support newcomers in their career journey while offering industry leaders insights into the needs and aspirations of those embarking on their professional paths.”

Where to find more information & dates

Please visit for more information, to view the extraordinary marine industry leaders participating in the program, and to register for this event.

  • Registrations will be accepted from May 15 – 31, 2024
  • Mentor–mentee meetings will occur June 13 – 23, 2024
  • All genders are welcome
  • Please note, soliciting leaders is not permitted
  • People within the first ten years of their careers are welcome to participate

The Kickoff Event

Thursday, June 13th at 9am EST is the official kickoff event featuring speaker Lauren Jones, CEO and founder of Brand by Boudica.

Lauren is an exceptional brand strategist who has worked with a wide range of companies and foundations, and the organizers are very excited to have her join this event and share her story and expertise.

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