"2017 was another successful year for our mentor program. Over 34 women joined and benefited from our program as mentors and mentees. During our closing ceremony, several of our participants shared their success stories about the positive impact the program made in both their career and personal development. We closed our 2017 program with a powerful message shared by our keynote speaker, author and life coach, Elizabeth Trinkaus, who spoke about self-care and success. We are looking forward to another successful year in 2018!” Tanishia Butler, CWNC Mentoring Director.
2018 Mentoring Program Underway!
Our flagship program is underway and pairs mentors and mentees over the course of six months. "Our 2018 Mentoring Program kicked off February 3rd. We started with a breakfast followed up by a program overview and orientation session. We finished up the meeting with a Mentor & Mentee meet and greet. We had a great group of ladies in attendance and the positive energy was amazing! I am looking forward to hearing all of the success stories from this year's group." Tanishia Butler, CWNC Mentoring Director.
Mentors and mentees meet one on one to develop a relationship providing a confidential, safe haven to discuss developmental, career goals and aspirations. Matches are made by the CWNC Mentoring team based on the mentor/mentee profiles provided in the registration surveys.
The program begins with a facilitated orientation session scheduled for late January 2018 (required for all program participants) with mentoring meetings starting in February 2018 and ending in August 2018.
Invest in Your Success
The mentoring team has had tremendous success this year. We currently have over 45 mentors and mentees participating in this year’s program. Throughout the program we have received great feedback about the success our mentees and mentors have experienced.
At our recent career workshop I had the chance to catch up with one of our current mentees Alicia Winstead Melvin. Alicia talked about what a great experience she’s had in the mentor program and how much she has benefited from CWNC as a whole. She also shared that she drives over an hour from Wilson to attend the CWNC events and to network with other members. She expressed that the benefits of connecting and the resources that are offered, such as free mentoring and career workshops for members is worth the investment.
Our 2018 program will wrap up in August with a closing ceremony. This will be a time for all of our participants to meet and share the success they have had throughout the 6 month program. We look forward to hearing more positive feedback from participants about the success they have experienced through the program.
3 Tips for a Successful Mentoring Relationship
There are many things that contribute to a successful mentoring relationship. In my personal experience as both a mentee and mentor, there are 3 common things that contribute to success as a mentor or mentee.
1. Set expectations and goals together – Both the mentor and mentee should review the goals together. As a mentee, you should come prepared with your goals or have an idea of what you are looking to achieve. As a mentor, you are there to give feedback on how the mentee can begin to plan to achieve the goal(s).
2. Show genuine interest and support – The focus of the mentoring relationship is career and professional development, however, there is a saying “People won't care how much you know until they know how much you care.” It’s important for both the mentor and mentee to understand the importance of building a relationship. Each person brings a diverse background and experience, and taking the time to understand one another is an important part of the mentoring process.
3. Stay in Communication – Communication is one of the most important aspects of a successful mentoring relationship. In our mentoring program, we emphasize the importance of the mentee initiating contact and setting up regular times to meet. Both the mentor and mentee should keep communication consistent with regularly scheduled updates. Consistent communication can be a challenge because of the busyness of your schedules, I've found using tools such as GoToMeeting and Zoom can help in scheduling. No matter what method you use, making communication a priority helps build trust and assures your mentee/mentor that you are invested in the mentoring relationship.
A mentoring relationship can be fulfilling and beneficial. I would encourage anyone that has ever thought about being a mentor: Go for it! Being a mentor is a rewarding experience that will provide you with just as much benefit and opportunity to learn as your mentee. For those of you seeking a mentor, don’t be afraid to invest in yourself and ask. Reach out to people you admire or join a mentorship program.
What is the time commitment?
Mentoring pairs will meet monthly for 6 months at mutually agreeable times and venues (face to face, virtually).
How much does it cost?
No fee for MENTORS
When will I be notified about my mentoring match?
Notification emails will be sent in December. You will have the opportunity to meet your mentee at the orientation session.
Who do I contact with questions?
Please contact the CWNC Mentoring team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where do I sign up?
What is my role as mentor?
Our flagship program is the annual Mentoring program, which pairs mentors and mentees over the course of six months. Mentors are experienced leaders who volunteer their time to guide mentees in their career development goals by providing support, feedback, and resources to propel the mentee towards their next steps. Mentors and mentees meet one-on-one to develop a relationship that provides a confidential, supportive environment to discuss developmental and career goals, as well as a strategy to achieve them.
The program begins with an orientation session in late January 2018 (required for all program participants). One-on-one meetings run from February through August 2018. Matches are made by the CWNC Mentoring team based on the mentor and mentee profiles.
2018 Mentoring Program Timeline of Activities
This data will help us learn more about your background and expertise to make a suitable match with a mentee.
Mark your calendars for late January 2018 for the Mentoring Program Orientation Kickoff session. Emails will be sent to you and your mentee prior to the orientation regarding time, location, and mentoring matches.
No fee for mentors (you are volunteering your time – thank you!)
Role of the Mentor:
Register Here! Then complete the Mentee Survey that we’ll use to match you with a mentor. Mentee registration is open through Jan 20th 2018
Mark your calendars for late January 2018 for the Mentoring Program Orientation Kickoff session. Emails will be sent to you and your mentor prior to the orientation regarding time, location, and mentoring matches.
CWNC Members participate for free - $80 for non-members (Become a member!)
Role of the Mentee
Meet the CWNC Mentoring Team
Contact us at email@example.com
Read stories from our past participants in our Mentoring Forum.
Q. What is the time commitment?
A. Mentoring pairs meet on for a monthly basis for a 6-month period at mutually agreeable times and venues (face to face, virtually, etc.)
Q. As a mentor, what special skills do I need to have?
A. Special skills include experience with mentoring/coaching and leading others (i.e., providing feedback, guiding career planning, job transition, resume writing, interviewing skills, development planning, and so on).
Q. What is my role as a mentee?
A. The mentee must be committed to identifying development goals, demonstrating progress, and being open to feedback. The mentee is also responsible for scheduling meetings and setting the agenda with their mentor at a mutually agreeable time and venue (face to face, virtually, etc.).
Q. How are mentoring pairs matched?
A. Mentors and mentees each complete a survey that captures key data about their profile. The CWNC Mentoring Team reviews the profiles and makes the most suitable match based on mentor background and mentee development goals
Q. When will I be notified about my mentor/mentee match?
A. Communication to you and your mentee will be sent prior in mid-April regarding mentoring matches. You will have the opportunity to meet your mentor/mentee at the orientation session – stay tuned for details!
Q. How do mentees register?
A. Mentee Regsistration opens Dec through Jan 20th 2018
Q. Who do I contact for questions?
A. Contact the CWNC Mentoring team at firstname.lastname@example.org