Hewlett Packard Enterprise Advising Frequently Asked Questions


General Questions

What is the goal of an Hewlett Packard Enterprise Advisor?

The goal is to offer your expertise to a beneficiary (nonprofit, entrepreneur, or social entrepreneur) and, in doing so, guide the partner organization through a business challenge. This can take multiple forms:

  • Helping to get to the heart of specific challenge
  • Providing frameworks and ideas to structure solving the challenge
  • Identifying specific activities that would help solve their challenge
  • Troubleshooting or offering guidance to help beneficiary overcome hurdles
  • Sharing best practices and lessons learned based on professional expertise
  • Reviewing the results of projects and providing feedback

Who can participate?

The opportunity to advise is open to all Hewlett Packard Enterprise employees from around the globe. Volunteers will be able to self-match with nonprofits, entrepreneurs, or social entrepreneurs depending on how their expertise matches with needs of their advisee.

If you are interested in volunteering, we encourage you to discuss this opportunity with your manager. You can use this Manager Discussion Guide to help you prepare for your discussion. To access the Manager Discussion Guide, you must be connected to the HPE intranet.

How can I get started with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Advising?

To join sign up here. We recommend you review these guides to get started.

Where can I see examples?

Hewlett Packard Enterprise employees have supported the following organizations through HPE Advising:

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Advisor Questions

Who are the individuals that we can choose from to advise?

Advisees include small business entrepreneurs, non-profits and social entrepreneurs in need of professional support. If you are interested in supporting nonprofits and entrepreneurs pre-screened by Hewlett Packard Enterprise we recommend browsing within the HPE Advising group (a private group, open only to selected individuals invited by HPE). For a wider variety of advisees, consider browsing the MicroMentor community which is open to the public.

What is the total time commitment as an Hewlett Packard Enterprise Advisor?

Since every advising relationship is different, the time commitment and terms are largely up to you to decide with your advisees. Some HPE Advisors meet with their advisors for one session and some have ongoing relationships over weeks or months. You can decide this with your advisor when you meet.

Please see below a list of time guidelines to help you plan:

  1. Set up your Advisor profile in MicroMentor (15 minutes)
  2. Browse for an entrepreneur, make an offer and schedule your first meeting (1 hour)
  3. First meeting with your entrepreneur (1.5 hours)
  4. Meet with your entrepreneur on a regular basis (Average connections devote 10 hours of time to preparation, phone conversations, and e-mails over the course of 3 months, but time commitment varies based on Advisor's capacity and scope of entrepreneur's need)

Do I get to choose which organization or advisee I work with?

Yes! You will be able to match with a nonprofit, entrepreneur, or social entrepreneur via the MicroMentor platform.

Can I recommend partner organizations that Hewlett Packard Enterprise should work with?

Yes! Participating organizations have been identified by Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Corporate Affairs team. If you know of a nonprofit, social entrepreneur or small business entrepreneur that would benefit from HPE Advising please share this invitation with them to join. To access the the invitation, you must be connected to the HPE intranet.

What is the purpose of the Scoping Roadmap?

We found that in order to create a strong advising relationship, it’s critical to clearly define what the needs are for the entrepreneur. That’s why we recommend all entrepreneurs and advisors kick off their relationship with a diagnostic, or “scoping,” conversation. The purpose of the conversation is to identify one business challenge that the entrepreneur faces and to develop a plan to address the challenge. You can use the Scoping Roadmap as a guide.

I have little experience working with nonprofits, entrepreneurs, or social entrepreneurs. Will my professional skills be relevant?

Your perspective will absolutely be valuable to your partner organization, and they can help adapt your professional advice to their particular contexts. You can find out the skills in need by browsing open requests in the entrepreneur profiles. Entrepreneurs describe in detail “I need help with…”

How many volunteers will be on my team?

These conversations are set up to be 1:1, but you are welcome to invite a colleague to join you in a conversation if you feel that his/her expertise would be applicable.

What if I change my mind or it is not a good fit? How can I end my relationship with my advisee?

If it's not the right fit, it's okay! In your first conversations, you are just getting a feel for whether you will be helpful to the entrepreneur. If their need is not a good match for your skill-set, tell them you think they would be better served by a different mentor. If you have any parting resources to share, that is helpful also. Finally, use the experience to learn what to try differently when starting your next advising connection.

I am an advisor. How do I find an entrepreneur that needs advising?

Click this link to see a full list of entrepreneurs on MicroMentor currently searching for advisors. This will provide you with the widest list of entrepreneurs looking to match with advisors including small businesses and nonprofits. Entrepreneurs who match best with your profile will appear at the top of the list (after you login).

(Project Managers) How can I receive Professional Development Units toward maintaining my PMP certification?

Certified Project Managers can earn Professional Development Units to apply towards maintaining PMP certification by offering their project management and scoping expertise to non-profits in the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Advising program. To do this meet with your selected nonprofit advisee for a diagnostic scoping session. The Scoping Roadmap (link) can be used to guide your conversation. After the session Project Managers can use the Scoping Roadmap to document the results of the conversation to receive credit.

For more information, please reference the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) section of the PMP Handbook.

Please note the PDUs can only be earned by working with a nonprofit advisee.

How do I find a nonprofit?

To find a nonprofit advisee please select “Nonprofit and Social Enterprise” in the “Any Industry” drop down box.

What is Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Volunteer Policy?

Hewlett Packard Enterprise encourages and supports you to use your time, talents and expertise to make a difference in your community through volunteer efforts!

HPE has a companywide Global Volunteerism Policy that supports all HPE employees to conduct volunteer activities during limited company time (typically up to 4 hours/month, with manager approval). For more details, read through the policy and discuss it with your manager. To access the Global Volunteerism Policy, you must be connected to the HPE intranet.

  • You can use this Manager Discussion Guide to help you prepare for your discussion. To access the Manager Discussion Guide, you must be connected to the HPE intranet.
  • Your volunteering hours can be tracked via Hewlett Packard Enterprise giving and volunteer tool.
  • Am I allowed to use company resources such as email to communicate with my advisee?

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise strongly encourages employee participation in structured programs coordinated by the worldwide and regional community involvement teams, such as Impact Days (U.S. and EMEA), business and function team projects, and other HPE sponsored activities. Such activities may be carried out on company release time, with management approval. Company resources―such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise's company name or logos, facilities, services, supplies, e-mail, and so forth―may be used only for company-sponsored employee involvement activities. Use of the HPE name or logos is subject to the HPE Brand Standards. For additional information, please refer to the Global Volunteerism Policy.


    Entrepreneur Questions

    Is there a cost to participate in this program?

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise strongly encourages employee participation in structured programs coordinated by the worldwide and regional community involvement teams, such as Impact Days (U.S. and EMEA), business and function team projects, and other HPE sponsored activities. Such activities may be carried out on company release time, with management approval. Company resources―such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise's company name or logos, facilities, services, supplies, e-mail, and so forth―may be used only for company-sponsored employee involvement activities. Use of the HPE name or logos is subject to the HPE Brand Standards.

    For additional information, please refer to the Global Volunteerism Policy.

    Can other members of my organization participate in the program?

    Yes, organizations may offer this opportunity to multiple staff members looking to access specific expertise and guidance to work through a business challenge.

    Can I work with more than one Hewlett Packard Enterprise Advisor?

    There is no limit to the number of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Advisors with whom you can connect. We encourage you to reach out to two or three Advisors to determine who may be available with the expertise needed. However, to prevent confusion or duplication of efforts, we recommend working with one HPE Advisor when receiving guidance on a specific challenge.

    If you have more than one business challenge that requires different skill sets, you are welcome to work with different Advisors. However, please be mindful of your ability to dedicate the time needed to work on multiple business challenges and engagements at one time.