||Few would argue the benefits of mentoring. Protégés progress faster, receive higher compensation and are more satisfied than employees without mentors. To succeed in a business climate characterized by layoffs, worker mobility, boundary less careers, and increased work demands, many researchers recommend that savvy professionals develop a network of developmental relationships that includes individuals within and outside their organization or industry. Combine this need with the fact that as of September, 2009, internet users worldwide exceeded 1.7 billion, it’s easy to see how the use of virtual or electronic mentoring is growing exponentially. Having one or more developers offer insight and assistance to protégés is not only more tenable than ever, it is also critical to for today’s professionals to effectively navigate complex organizational, subject matter, and career path issues. This session will highlight the current practice in the area, share results of recent studies which demonstrate that virtual mentoring provides similar benefits as traditional (face to face) mentoring, and promote a discussion of where this practice is headed.