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2018-19 MENTOR PROGRAM FAQs

Why might the PWCC Mentor Program be good for me?  The PWCC Mentor Program is designed to foster personal and professional growth.  Participation provides an opportunity to develop a relationship that is confidential and dedicated to helping members reach their personal and career objectives.

Who should apply? A successful program needs both mentors and mentees, and though the roles are different, each is rewarding.  PWCC members who are ready to "give back" and are interested in sharing their knowledge and experience are ideal mentors for the program.  A special note to prospective mentors:  please don't underestimate your talents or your ability to serve as a mentor.  You know more (and can share more!) than you think.  When in doubt, do!

Ideal mentees are PWCC members who are seeking informal guidance to achieve personal and professional goals and who otherwise need a challenge or accountability partner to encourage them to take the steps necessary to achieve those goals.

What is the difference between coaching and mentoring?  Coaching (or professional coaching) is often a short-term and task-specific, client-coach relationship with an emphasis on acquiring or enhancing skills necessary to improve performance in a given area. Mentoring—which is the focus of PWCC's program—is a volunteer commitment/relationship, established to focus on guidance and advice for longer-term career and professional goals.  The role of a mentor is not to solve issues or problems.  Rather, the mentor serves as an advisor to help the mentee navigate through their challenges and to provide support throughout.  

How will the program work?  The application process for 2018-19 Mentor Program opens in June 2018.  Applications must be received by July 31, 2018.  This year's program will be limited to no more than 20 mentor-mentee pairings.  

The Matching Process

The Co-Coordinators of PWCC Mentor Program(Maria Cristina Torres Moore & Deb O'Donnell) will review the forms submitted, and will then do their best to effectively match mentees and mentors based on current and desired profession, past experiences, interests, location, work styles and expectations.

Matches will be made by the end of August 2018.  Once a match has been confirmed, the mentor and mentee will receive their partner’s registration form, LinkedIn profile link/resume and other program-related materials that can be used as part of the initial goal-setting meeting.

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 Kickoff Meeting

A group kickoff meeting will be held at the Union League Club on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., prior to the September 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.

Periodic Check-ins

Throughout the PWCC Mentor Program, the Co-Coordinators will conduct a number of individual and/or group follow ups.

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If you have any questions as you start the process, please the PWCC Mentor Program Co-Coordinators Maria Cristina Torres Moore (ctorres@integral-clinic.com) or Deb O'Donnell (dodonnell@pattishall.com).  They are available to support you any way they can and welcome your feedback.

Thank you for being a part of PWCC’s Mentor Program! We appreciate your dedication to your professional development and the development of fellow members.  We look forward to working with you!