"WCM Mentorship program is truly changing lives. It’s not always possible to predict how exactly a program will transform lives and everyone will be impacted in different ways but for me the mentorship program truly has. Through high caliber mentors and high caliber presenters, WCM has created a space for growth and realizations that pushes high performers to reach their full potential."
Mentorship Program | Professionals
Sharing Knowledge and Experience to Move Careers Forward.Applications open October 21st, 2019
Sharing Wisdom. The Power of the Human Connection.
WCM’s Mentorship Program has provided more than 800 female capital market professionals with access to formal mentorship relationships.
This program pairs female protégées with mentors outside their firm for a 12-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 succeed in their careers.
The program also includes formal skill-build sessions with executive coaches to help mentors and protégées optimize their relationship and bring new talents back to their organizations.
*Applications Open October 21, 2019 to November 18, 2019*
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.
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 and 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
Criteria for Protégée
- 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 to commit to being available for monthly (one hour) face-to-face meetings.
Note: The mandatory protégée information sessions will not be held in 2019.
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 (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.
the value of MENTORSHIP
- 75% of of private sector executives say mentoring has been critical in their own career development
- 71% of Fortune 500 companies offer mentorship programs
- 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
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 impactful relationship. Establish tangible career plans, goal setting, grow professional networks and develop problem solving skills for professional challenges. The rewards are timeless.
"I have found it rewarding to pass on the knowledge I have gained through my experiences in helping new entrants in the financial markets industry negotiate the minefield of the early years of their careers."
“My mentor not only shared her industry insights, but also gave me advice when I tried to make a career move. The guidance is essential to someone new to the industry.”