2021 Mentor Protégé Program


Are you new to marketing to the U.S. Public Sector Government? Are you just a few years out of college or making a career change? Are you dealing with new performance and measurement structures such as reporting to public sector sales leadership or owning a budget for the first time? If you answered yes to any of these questions you will benefit as a Protégé, designed to help you unlock your career potential.


Do you have several years of government marketing experience? Do you want to give back to your government marketing community? Do you have expertise on how to execute successful marketing campaigns? If you answered yes to any of these questions we invite you to be a Mentor and start giving back today by helping a Protégé be the best they can be in their government marketing career.

Government Marketing University will be launching our 2021 Mentor Protégé Program as a six-part, virtual series.

  • Pairings of Mentors and Proteges based on skills and performance goals
  • Each virtual session will take place once per month for 5 months
  • Format includes 1:1 setting, group activity, and networking time with all participants
  • Mentor/Protégé will set their schedules for 1:1 meetings based on specific project/goals set at the beginning of the program

Session Dates

  • January 14, 2021
  • February 11, 2021
  • March 11, 2021
  • April 14, 2021
  • May 19, 2021

Apply today to unlock your career potential

Prior to the start of the program, prospective mentors and proteges will be invited to attend a “get to know you” virtual networking session. Mentors and proteges will be matched based on alignment of mentor expertise to protégé goals as well as feedback from the networking event. Prior to the first meet-up, proteges will be asked to provide a detailed description of a specific project they would like their mentor’s help with during the six-month duration.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or protégé and have questions about the application process or the overall program please email us at Mentor@gmarku.com or call us at 888-376-1044.

Mentor Program Chairs

LaRel Rogers

Vertical Marketing Manager, Detection at FLIR Systems

Over the past four years, LaRel has developed programs to drive pipeline, customer expansion and partner affinity for federal extended sales organizations. While she specializes in event management – including everything from strategy, vendor relationship and content development for field, industry and online programs, she recently shifted her focus to sales enablement and digital marketing to support the government and defense business unit at FLIR.

LaRel resides in Maryland and is a graduate of Louisiana State University. She is also the co-chair of Government Marketing University’s mentor/protégé program. In her downtime, she binges way too many movies and takes different types of textile art classes – most recently spending a week in central Pennsylvania learning to weave on a floor loom.

Emma Billingsley

Senior Government Marketing Coordinator, Sage Communications

With 3+ years of GovCon marketing under her belt, Emma Billingsley is passionate about facilitating conversations with government customers to solve issues that are important to them. As a Senior Government Marketing Coordinator, she is responsible for day-to-day project management and ensuring all campaigns are running smoothly. Emma is a resident of Bethesda, Maryland and graduated from the University of Alabama. Roll Tide! In her free time, she loves to travel and experience new things.