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, 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.
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
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
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.
Broadening the intellectual input of the business is essential for its investment
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.
Having a wife who also works in Capital Markets has allowed me to closely experience the challenges she has navigated while building her career in this field. She has been inspirational to me and I have seen her build a great business and career. I see every day from her example and others around me that to truly build successful businesses, firms have to value diversity of thought above else and advancing and retaining women in capital markets is crucial to ensuring this diversity of thought endures.
Sounds obvious to anyone that every individual should have opportunities to grow in every industry independent of race, gender, etc. Finance should lead the way!
I began my career in finance in the mid 1980s when there were very few women in the industry. As such, I value the opportunity to help navigate the career path for younger women today. Having more women in capital markets is extremely important in terms of achieving equality and diversity which will benefit all.
Women bring another perspective to the business, make strong leaders, and can offer well thought out solutions to problems. Their voices are often not given a chance to be heard and sometimes there is an over worry of barriers. A more diversified company can help align with the needs of your own diversified clients. I think the WCM mentorship program is great in helping with these areas and a wonderful program for both the Mentee and Mentor.
Women bring a unique perspective to capital markets in the way that they develop and manage relationships and drive forward initiatives. It is very important to elevate strong females as much as possible so they are able to share their voice/opinions. This program offers that opportunity.
It is essential to get the best performance of any team - having diverse views and the best people is key. Advancing women and retaining them is something I have done throughout my whole career.
Our industry needs more women leaders. I value helping ambitious and capable women reach their career potential in capital markets.
As a woman in Finance, I am committed to sharing my experiences and to helping others get the best access to training and opportunities to further their personal and career goals. Women need advocates and coaching so they are best prepared to succeed in this industry.
Diversity in capital markets is important. This is the only way to have a diversity of views. This will only be achieved if women are supported throughout their career. The mentoring program is a necessary condition to achieving this.
Having been the only female on the trading desk for the past ten years, I really hope that I can help attracting more females into the trading role. Gender diversity has been improved over the past few years but still a lot room to improve. By having more senior female leaders in the industry as role models, female will feel more encouraged to enter and stay in the field once dominated by male.
I am involved in a number of mentoring programs and WCM continues to be the best, and the value add to the Mentors in recent years has been great.