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2017-2018 Mentor/Mentee Program
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PWCC 2017/2018 Mentorship Program

The application process for 2017/2018 Mentorship Program opens in June 2017. Applications must be received by August 31, 2017.

The Matching Process

The co-chairs of PWCC Mentorship Committee (Alyssa Burns & Kate Solis Silva) will review the forms submitted, 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 résumé via e-mail. 

The kickoff meeting will be held at the Union League Club on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., prior to the October luncheon.  Please make every effort to attend this meeting; this will give you an opportunity to ask any questions and get you on the right path to establishing the best mentorship experience possible.

Matches will be made by the end of September and communicated to all members by that time. 

Once the matches are complete, the mentee is responsible for contacting the mentor as soon as possible to set up the first meeting. 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 establish their expectations for the relationship, and are encouraged to get to know each other’s interests and talents.  Please note:  The mentee is responsible for setting up the meetings, based on what works best with both the mentee and mentor.  

The Program

The outline below provides assistance to both the mentor and mentee in brainstorming areas in which the mentor can be of best assistance. It is not expected that the relationship will address all listed items below—nor is the list exhaustive—but can serve as a guide for your meetings. The program will formally last eight months beginning in October and wraps up in June 2018. 

Professional Development

    Personal Development

    • Guidance in setting and achieving goals

    • Assistance in effective problem-solving 

    • 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 and goals of the relationship. This program is meant to be of great mutual benefit to both participants—you will only get out of it 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? Via phone?

    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?

    • 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 Kate Solis Silva ( 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 your professional development and the development of fellow members.

    Alyssa Burns & Kate Solis Silva 

    To read testimonials from last year's participants, click here