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2015/2016 Mentor Program
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PWCC Mentorship Program

Thank you to everyone who signed up to be a mentor or a mentee for the 2015/2016 mentorship year.  The application process is closed for this year. 

Please check back when we launch our 2016/2017 program next Fall.

The Matching Process

The matching process is designed to match mentees and mentors based on information you provide on your registration form.

Members from the PWCC Membership Committee will review the forms and mentees will be interviewed to get more information on how they can be best matched with a mentor.  The Membership Committee will then do their best to effectively match mentees and mentors based on current and desired profession, past experiences, interests, location, and expectations.

The Kickoff Meeting
Once a match has been confirmed, the mentor and mentee will receive their partner’s registration form and resume via e-mail.  The kickoff meeting will be held at the Union League Club on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., prior to the October luncheon.

The mentee is responsible for contacting the mentor as soon as possible.  Contact between participants can be by phone, e-mail, or in-person meetings.  Information should be kept confidential.  The mentor and mentee should take time to get to know each others’ interests and talents as well as their expectations for the relationship.

The Program
The outline below provides assistance to the mentor and mentee in brainstorming areas in which the mentor can be of assistance to the mentee.  It is not expected that the relationship will address all of the below, and is not an exhaustive list, but can serve as a guide for your meetings.  The program will formally last eight months beginning in October and wrap up in June 2016. 

Professional Development
• Advancement, promotion, and office politics
• Advisement on career options / discussing particular fields of interest
• Guiding and supporting through the process of researching job opportunities and
   preparing for interviews
• Career change
• Career advancement and professional development

Personal Development
• Encouragement with setting of goals and achievement of those goals
• Assistance with learning effective problem-solving skills
• Assistance with identifying strengths and areas of improvement

Exploring Expectations and Goals
After the initial meeting, the mentor and mentee are encouraged to discuss issues related to the expectations / goals of the relationship.   This program is meant to be a huge benefit both mentee and mentor.  You will only get out what you put into it.

We recommend that the mentor share personal experiences and success stories with the mentee, as well as provide requested feedback and personal observations. 

Please have integrity and show up when you say you will.  Be committed to one another.  Value and respect each other’s time.

Questions for the Mentor and Mentee to ask each other:
• What do you expect from this relationship?
• How often would you like to meet?
• Where / how should those meetings take place? In person? Or, over the phone?
• Who will initiate the contact?

Helpful questions related to career goals of the Mentee:
• What are your aspirations for your professional future?
• Are you happy in your current industry?
• Do you need help in learning how to network or finding the optimal networking environment?
• What kind of network are you looking to develop?
• What are you looking to achieve during this mentorship?
• How will you pass along this experience to others?
• Who do you have to become to achieve your aspirations?

If you have any questions as you start the process, please contact Mentorship Co-chairs Alyssa Burns ( and Danielle Goedert ( They are available to support you any way they can and welcome your feedback.

Thank you for being a part of PWCC’s Mentorship Program!   We appreciate your dedication to this important program.

Alyssa Burns & Danielle Goedert

To read testimonials from last year's partipants, click here.