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 protégés with mentors (male and female) outside their firm for a twelve month period. With a mentor’s support and guidance, protégés 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 protégés to optimize their relationship and bring new talent back to their organizations.

Program Overview

Facet5:  Protégés benefit from a professional personality test with a full session from Felix Global.

Skill Build Sessions: Protégés will take part in two skill building sessions designed to build professional skills and networks.

Speed Mentoring Event: A evening of speed mentoring to close out the mentorship program will take place in the early fall.

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 protégé's, for optimal, unbiased pairing. In this process, location is considered but there is a chance a mentor and protégé may be in different cities, in which case meetings will be held by phone.

Thank you to our Program Sponsor

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PROTÉGÉ  ELIGIBILITY:

  • Protégés can be at various levels of seniority, with between 1-15 years of experience in the industry. Encouraging mid-senior level protégés 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. Protégés are to commit to being available for monthly meetings.

Note: All meetings should be conducted virtually as a result of COVID-19. 

MENTOR  ELIGIBILITY:

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


APPLICATION PROCESS

Protégée Application Components:

Protégés: Consider applying to be a mentor in our University Mentorship Program, where we look for professionals employed in the financial services industry with 1-5 years experience. There is an option in the above form to apply.

Mentor Application Components:

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

2021 PROGRAM CYCLE ​| KEY DATES

  • October 21, 2020: Applications open
  • November 18, 2020: Applications close
  • December 2020: Successful candidates notified
  • January 2021: Program begins



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

WHY BE A PROTÉGÉ?

Protégés 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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