Mentoring Program

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The Mentoring Program offers a unique opportunity for WIIT members in all career stages to have one-on-one connections with other trade professionals. The Program leverages the expertise and network of WIIT’s accomplished membership to promote the professional advancement of women in international trade and business.

The mentee application period for the 2017-18 Mentoring Program opens on September 1, 2017. Please visit our website again at that time to complete an application.

FAQs

Who can participate in the Mentoring Program?
Any current member of WIIT may participate in WIIT’s Mentoring Program, either as a mentee or a mentor. If you are not a current member but would like to participate, it’s fast and easy to join online here.

Who can be a mentee?
Mentees are anyone who would like to connect one-on-one with WIIT members interested in sharing their experience and advice with other WIIT members. Mentees may be any age or at any career stage: undergraduate or graduate students, professionals in transition or seeking a career change, or those wanting to learn more about international trade from a fellow WIIT member. Mentees must be a current member of WIIT at the time of application. Applications may be downloaded from the WIIT website during the application period.

What are the qualifications to be a mentor?
A mentor may be any current member of WIIT who would enjoy sharing their experience and background with others on a one-on-one basis. Mentors are not required to be a particular age or have a certain level of experience; instead, mentors simply need to be enthusiastic about contributing to the professional development and knowledge of other members in the WIIT community. WIIT is always looking for committed mentors willing to devote time to fostering the careers of women in international trade, and welcomes inquiries throughout the year at mentoring@wiit.org.

When does the program take place?
The Mentoring Program runs from September through May.

How many mentees does WIIT accept?
The number of mentees depends on the number of mentors available, which varies. This ensures a meaningful experience for mentees. The mentee application period opens in early September, and mentees are considered on a first-come, first-served basis until all mentors are matched. If the number of mentee applicants exceeds the number of available mentors, the applicant will be invited to join a waitlist. Mentees may participate in the program only once.

How are mentees matched with mentors?
Mentee applications are reviewed carefully in order to identify a mentor whose background or other qualifications suggest a good fit. Keep in mind that a productive mentoring relationship does not require having the same exact background or interests.

How is the Mentoring Program structured?
After the application period closes, mentees are matched with a mentor and all participants are invited to a reception in September to kick off the program year. Mentors and mentees then coordinate directly with each other for future meetings; WIIT recommends 2-3 meetings over the course of the year. Meetings may take place in person or by phone, but WIIT strongly encourages participants to connect in person whenever possible, whether at a WIIT event, a café or restaurant, office, or anywhere that is mutually convenient. Note: Program participants are expected to pay their own way; WIIT does not provide reimbursement for any costs associated with mentor-mentee meetings.

Although not required, WIIT encourages all Program participants to attend WIIT’s professional development events throughout the year, many of which are free or low cost. Even mentors may find they have something to learn from – or even contribute to – these events.

The Mentoring Program concludes in the spring at a closing reception for all participants.

Questions about the Program should be directed to mentoring@wiit.org.