2019 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 2019 Fall Mentor Protégé Program as a six-part, face-to-face series.

  • Pairings of Mentors and Proteges based on skills and performance goals
  • Each face-to-face session will take place in person once per month for 5 months in the VA/DC area (lunch provided)
  • 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


Mentors and Proteges are invited to join us for a “get to know you” networking session in August. You’ll enjoy cocktails and appetizers as you get to know one another, discuss goals and objectives, and find your potential pairings. We’ll also present a full overview of the new five-month mentor protégé program. Exact date time and location coming soon!

Session Dates

  • Sept 17, 2019
  • Oct 10, 2019
  • Nov 14, 2019
  • Dec 12, 2019
  • Jan 2020 Date TBD

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” network 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 [email protected] 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.

Lesley Rogers

Senior Manager of Segment Strategy and Field Marketing Strategy at CenturyLink

With more than 17 years of experience in marketing, business development, and communications Lesley brings a holistic approach to marketing that aligns marketing goals with business priorities, sales objectives, and channel and partner strategies – to create effective integrated marketing plans across traditional and digital communications channels.

Lesley is currently the Senior Manager of Segment Strategy and Field Marketing Strategy at CenturyLink. Prior to Centurylink, Lesley’s focus was been helping companies that deliver modern, innovative technologies and solutions – including Nuxeo, Alfresco and Acquia – build their Public Sector marketing from the ground up. She has had the privilege to lead all marketing efforts from strategy and plan development to execution of; field marketing, digital programs, campaigns, ABM, content, PR, advertising, and social.

In addition to a BS in Business and Marketing from Towson University, Lesley studied performing arts at Professional School for the Arts in Los Angeles. She lives in Virginia with her husband Tom, cat Renn and dog Madison and has one step-daughter named Alexa. She is an avid foodie, wine and mixology enthusiast, world traveler, gardener, animal lover and Karaoke singer.