Mentorship Program | Professionals

Sharing Knowledge and Experience to Move Careers Forward.

Applications open September 18th, 2023

WCM's Professional Mentorship program has provided more than 1,000 women and gender-diverse finance professionals with access to formal mentorship relationships.


This founding WCM program pairs mentee's with mentors outside their firm for a twelve-month period. With a mentor’s support and guidance, mentee's establish career goals, discuss strategies to overcome challenges, benefit from a mentor’s knowledge and experience and extend their professional network. For mentors, the program is equally rewarding as it is an opportunity to share their knowledge and experience, coach, motivate, empower and support women and gender-diverse professionals advance their careers.


With the program moved to a virtual format Mentors and Mentees from across North America are encouraged to apply. WCM will try to match folks in the same region so face-to-face meetings are possible.


AdvanceAbility: As part of the WCM Mentorship Program, there is also an opportunity to opt-in as an AdvanceAbility protégée during the application period. AdvanceAbility is supplemental to the core mentorship program and provides additional resources for women and gender-diverse folks working in finance who identify as having a visible or non-visible disability. If you would like to learn more, please email [email protected] to be connected with one of our AdvanceAbility volunteers.


Thank you to our AdvanceAbility Sponsor:




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Eligibility

MENTEE ELIGIBILITY:

  • 1-15 years of experience in the finance industry.
  • A woman or gender-diverse individual
  • Currently employed in the finance industry;
  • A full member of WCM;
  • Clear understanding of career goals over the next 3 years, and defined reasons for seeking a mentor relationship;
  • Full commitment to managing the mentorship relationship including ownership and coordination of monthly meetings. Mentees are to commit to being available for monthly meetings.


MENTOR ELIGIBILITY:

  • Men, Women and Gender-Diverse applicants with 10+ years of experience in the finance industry
  • Commitment to being available for monthly (approximately one hour) meetings.
  • *Please Note: It is not mandatory to be a WCM member if you want to participate as a mentor in this program.

Pairing Process:

Using an algorithm, we pair mentors and mentee's, for optimal, unbiased pairing. In this process, location is considered but there is a chance a mentor and mentee may be in different regions.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Mentee Application Components:

  • Completed application form
  • Current Resume

Mentor Application Components:

  • Completed application form

Successful candidates will be contacted via e-mail following the application close date.

2023 PROGRAM CYCLE ​| KEY DATES

  • September 18, 2023: Applications open for 2024 cohort
  • November 16, 2023: Applications close for 2024 cohort
  • Late December 2023: Successful matches notified
  • Jan 11, 2024- Program Kick- Off (Virtual- everyone)
  • Jan 31, 2024- Mentor Coaching Call (Virtual- mentors only)
  • Late Jan/Feb- Facet5 Assessment (mentees only)
  • Feb 28, 2024- Facet5 Debrief (virtual- mentee only)

the value of MENTORSHIP

  • 75% of private sector executives say mentoring has been critical in their own career development
  • 77% of companies with mentoring programs say these programs greatly improve employee retention and job performance
  • 79% of millenials believe mentorship programs are crucial to their career success


WHY MENTOR?

Mentors have the unique opportunity to support the professional development of mentees and maximize their potential through knowledge sharing, support and guidance in the advancement of their skills and expertise. A mentorship relationship fosters the growth, learning and development of a protégé that can impact their personal and professional life for years to come.

WHY BE A PROTÉGÉE?

Mentees are offered the opportunity to experience the power of wisdom by a professional holding the experience and knowledge to truly impact the growth of their career, while benefiting from the human connection through this formative relationship. Establish tangible career plans, goal setting, grow professional networks and develop problem solving skills for professional challenges. The rewards are timeless.

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