What is the IMA?


The International Mentoring Association (IMA) mission is to provide opportunities to share practices and research with our global community to develop and enhance mentoring programs and relationships.


The International Mentoring Association (IMA) vision is to be a leading resource for mentoring excellence.

Diversity and Inclusion

The International Mentoring Association (IMA) values the equity, inclusion, and diversity of the identities of all our constituents. We recognize and value a multiplicity of identities that may have intersections of, race, age, color, faith, religion, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, social class, economic class, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, family status, disability, body type, marital status, veteran status, political orientation and others that may not be represented here.

Our Why

Since 1987, the International Mentoring Association (IMA) has been a leading source for best practice solutions and support of mentoring and coaching professionals and their programs.

The IMA advances individual and organizational development by promoting the use of mentoring best practices in every organizational setting. Our diverse and dynamic worldwide organization unites a broad cross-section of people who are interested in the theory and practice of effective mentoring. Members bring unique experiences and a fresh perspective from their various fields of mentoring. Working together, we share a common commitment to increasing:

  • The impact of mentoring
  • The performance of mentoring participants
  • The effectiveness of the organizations those participants serve