Mentorship Program

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2019/2020 Program Goals

To provide an opportunity for MSBA (Masters of Science in Business Analytics) students to partner with a mid-career/senior female professional in the South Sound community to share experience and wisdom and to enhance the future of the mentees and mentors through one-on-one meetings and group networking sessions.

Mutual Expectations

Mentors and mentees are expected to make a one-year commitment to the program. Nearly all activities will occur in the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. The structured time commitment includes one evening group session in each the Fall and Spring, and two Saturday group sessions, one in the Fall and another in Winter. The first evening session in Fall quarter will be an orientation for mentors and mentees, to the program and curriculum. The evening session in Spring quarter will be a program wrap-up and thank you to all participants. The two Saturday group sessions will involve more structured discussions of curriculum readings and will last approximately 1.5 hours over the lunch hour. Both mentors and mentees are expected to be familiar with the assigned readings. 

Mentors and mentees will also be expected to meet at least once per month during the academic year in whatever manner and time is mutually agreeable. Throughout the year, mentors and mentees will be asked to complete short surveys about their experiences, to help the program continuously improve.

Note:  all discussions in group or individual sessions are confidential.

2019/2020 Topics

  1. Leading through influence
  2. Communication differences between men and women
  3. Giving and receiving feedback

Future Potential Curriculum 

  • Dealing with Criticism
  • Men & Women in the Workplace - issues to anticipate
  • What is Leaning In and is it Real?
  • How to seek Growth Opportunities and Avoid Pitfalls
  • Leading with Vulnerability
  • The Importance of Networks in the Workplace
  • The Benefits and Pitfalls of Work Teams
  • Challenges for Working Moms and Caregivers
  • The Power of Language: Mars-speak/Venus-speak
  • How to Advocate for Yourself
  • Time Management and Prioritization
  • Visioning your Future & Managing Ambition
  • Is a career path necessarily straight?
  • Diversity in the Workplace - mine-field or productive pasture?
  • Learning etiquette in the workplace & social cues