Protege Chattanooga

Protégé Chattanooga is a nine month team-based mentoring program in which early and mid-career professionals build lifelong networks while learning from local executives and their peers. Protégé offers two cohorts, day and evening, that will be made up of 12 future leaders each. The program begins with an orientation and reception in August, sessions begin in September and ends with graduation in May. Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 40, and are not required to be current YPC members.

Apply for 2022-23 Protégé Chattanooga Here


Nominate for 2022-23 Protégé Chattanooga Here

Upon completing the nomination form, each person nominated will receive correspondence from Protege Chattanooga on or after March 7, with a schedule of program dates so that the candidate may decide if this is a good year to apply. Applications will be accepted up to March 31, 2022.

Nominating a candidate does not guarantee admission into the class. Please submit as many nominations as you wish.

2022-23 Session Dates, Program Details & Cost

Orientation [MANDATORY] for both cohorts will be Aug. 25, 2022, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Day Cohort Dates

  • Question Session (2nd Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Sept. 14, Oct. 19*, Nov. 9, Dec. 7*, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8, April 12
  • Mentor Session (3rd Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Sept. 21, Oct. 26*, Nov. 14, Dec. 15*, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15, April 19
    • •Notice Change

Evening Cohort Dates

  • Question Session (1st Monday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.): Sept. 12*, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Jan. 9*, Feb. 6, March 6, April 10*
  • Mentor Session (2nd Monday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.): Sept. 19*, Oct. 17*, Nov. 12, Dec. 13, Jan. 23*, Feb. 13, March 13, April 17*
    • *Notice Change

The mentorship program consists of:

  • 12 protégés in each cohort
  • Protégés come from diverse professional backgrounds, with a strong preference given to YPC members
  • The program begins in August with an orientation and reception, sessions begin in September and concludes with graduation in May
  • The cohort meets twice a month – once for a planning session, once for a mentor session
  • Mentors are established business or civic leaders and a different mentor speaks at each mentor session
  • 100% attendance is expected from protégés. Two missed planning sessions and one missed mentor session are allowed without penalty
  • Confidentiality is required, in order to facilitate more open and honest exchange between mentors and protégés

Recognizing that there are many paths to business and civic leadership, the goal of Protégé Chattanooga is to provide the protégés with eight different views of success and leadership – one from each mentor. Over the course of the program, protégés will bond with each other, gain valuable insight from established leaders, and develop a better understanding of their own path to success.


Cost & Scholarships

Program Cost: $500 

There are a limited number of partial scholarships available. The scholarship application form is included in the application form.

Apply for Protégé Chattanooga Here


Questions about Protege Chattanooga 

Contact Austin Corcoran, Director of Talent Engagement