Mentorship Program | Professionals

Sharing Knowledge and Experience to Move Careers Forward.

Applications open October 21st, 2020

Sharing Wisdom. The Power of the Human Connection.

WCM's Professional Mentorship program has provided more than 1000 female capital markets professionals with access to formal mentorship relationships.


This founding WCM program pairs female protégées with mentors (male and female) outside their firm for a twelve month period. With a mentor’s support and guidance, protégées 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 female professionals advance their careers.

The program includes formal skill-build sessions with executive coaches for mentors and protégées to optimize their relationship and bring new talent back to their organizations.

Program Overview

Executive Coaching: WCM has partnered with Felix Global coaching to expand our suite of resources available to protégées. A structured framework designed in partnership with Felix, keeps participants focused on goals set during the program period. 

Protégée Skills Series: Protégées will complete Facet5 personality analysis and receive guidance from Felix Global throughout the process.

Joint Events: Designed for the benefit of both mentors and protégées, joint events are an opportunity to build professional relationships and engage in informative sessions. Calendar invites with details are sent in advance of these events.

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 working in the capital markets that 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.

Pairing Process: Using an algorithm, we pair mentors and protégée's, for optimal, unbiased pairing. In this process, location is considered but there is a chance a mentor and protégée may be in different cities, in which case meetings will be held by phone.

Thank you to our Program Sponsor

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Criteria for Protégées

  • Protégées can be at various levels of seniority, with between 1-15 years of experience in the industry. Encouraging mid-senior level protégées to apply as well, as we have a network of executive level mentors experienced to mentor this demographic;
  • Currently employed full time in capital markets;
  • A full member of WCM;
  • Clear understanding of career goals, including a prepared 3-year plan, and defined reasons for seeking a mentor relationship;
  • Full commitment to managing the mentorship relationship including ownership and coordination of monthly meetings. Protégées are to commit to being available for monthly face-to-face meetings.

Note: The mandatory protégée information sessions are no longer being held.


Protégées: Consider applying to be a mentor in our Student Mentorship Program, where we look for professionals employed in the financial services industry with 1-5 years experience.

Criteria for Mentors

  • Mentors can be at various levels of seniority, typically men and women with between 5-25 years of experience in the industry

  • Commitment to being available for monthly (approximately one hour) face-to-face meetings. We realize that face-to-face monthly meetings are not always possible, and where necessary, conference calls may be substituted.

  • *Please Note: It is not mandatory to be a WCM member if you want to participate as a mentor in this program.

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 protégées 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 protégée that can impact their personal and professional life for years to come.

WHY BE A PROTÉGÉE?

Protégées 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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