Applications for the Spring 2015 Mentoring Program will be accepted in February 2015. Please apply in February if you are interested in participating as a Mentor or Protégé.
How it Works
- The Mentoring Program is a valuable membership perk that allows members to exchange knowledge and experience with each other.
- Any member can become a mentor by submitting an application form describing her strengths and by later volunteering time to meet with her protegé.
- Becoming a protegé is equally easy. By filling out an application form, the member describes her interest and is later paired with a qualified mentor.
- The Mentoring Committee takes the responsibility for reviewing the forms, matching a mentor with a protégé, and conducting the initial training session for the matched pair.
- After the initial training, the matched pairs create their own schedules and meet at their own convenience.
- We ask that the pairs make a six-month commitment to the Mentoring Program to get the most benefit from the process. The Mentoring Committee supervisors stays with the pairs throughout the program and occasionally checks-in to monitor their progress keeping them on track to meet their program goals.
- Our Mentoring Program has been professionally designed by The Mentoring Institute, exclusively for PWA. In order to participate in the program, you are required to be a current PWA member.
- We now have a "staff of mentors" who have been pre-qualified and are awaiting a protégé with which to be matched.
Creating a Match
The match is based on the information provided on the application. Please be open, honest and specific in your answers. The relationship agreement consists of a questionnaire completed by the mentor and protégé together. The questionnaire requires them to define:
- mentoring goals
- skills to be developed
- roles of the mentor
- roles of the protégé
- progress measurement criteria
- frequency, duration and location of the meetings
- a date for the first meeting
Potential Benefits to the Protégé
- an opportunity to improve key skills in a non-threatening environment
- accelerated transfer of attitudinal, technical and behavioral skills that are difficult to acquire on one's own
- easy access to resources and networking opportunities
- exposure to decision-making and leadership styles of more senior women executives
- greater self-confidence and self-esteem
- a chance to become acquainted with other PWA members at a deeper level
Other Reasons to Participate
- 44% of CEO's list mentoring programs as one of the three most effective strategies to enhance women's advancement to senior management.
- 75% of executives said that mentoring played a key role in their career. A survey of CEO's states that one of the top three factors in their career was mentoring.
- 76% of Fortune 25 companies offer mentoring programs compared to 55% of the non-best.
- Individuals who had a mentor reported greater job satisfaction and earlier financial success.
- A survey polled 378 companies from across the country on why they offer mentoring programs to their employees. The results will be published on this page soon.