The MWI Mentorship Program is designed for early to mid-career students, particularly those who are the first in their families to attend college and international students, to explore issues women face in their careers and to engage with a mentor outside their usual networks. Mentors are drawn from the community of executive women leaders across the South Sound community.
The MWI Mentoring Program's goal is to provide an opportunity for early/mid-career students to partner with a mid-career/senior female professional in the South Sound community to share experience, wisdom and enhance their future careers. Milgard graduate students in the following programs are eligible to participate as a mentee:
MBA (Masters of Business Administration)
MCL (Master of Cybersecurity and Leadership)
MSAcc (Master of Science in Accounting)
MSBA (Masters of Science and Business Analytics)
The majority of the students in the program are mid-career professionals with at least 6-8 years of work experience, and most are working while they complete their graduate degree.
The MWI Mentorship program provides intentional pairing of mentors and mentees based on skills, background, and experiences. The program also provides structured sessions on select topics with other mentors and mentees in a group setting, allowing both mentors and mentees to expand their networks and their knowledge. During monthly 1:1 mentoring sessions, participants explore issues pertinent to women in the workplace. Women who serve as executives and leaders (retired or currently working) have so much wisdom to share with the next generation of professional women. For mentors, this is also a great opportunity to learn about the next generation of leaders and professionals
Mentor & mentee interest form
2021-2022 academic year
Are you interested in being a mentor or mentee for the 2021-2022 academic year?
Complete this interest form and we will connect with you when the applications open up this summer.
Application opens: summer 2021
Applications due: August 31, 2021
Applicants informed of decisions and pairing in September
Did you ever find yourself wishing you had a “safe” person to talk to? Ask advice? Talk through a situation? This is your chance to be that person! Mentors are an important part of personal and professional development. They are guides through times when people need someone that can point them in the right direction.
Mentors are an important part of personal and professional development. They are guides through times when people need someone who can point them in the right direction. Great mentors are enthusiastic people, enjoying the role they play in helping others achieve their goals.
There are many qualities of a great mentor. Please see a few important qualities below!
Enthusiastic and sincere. You have the sincere desire to help and are passionate to help others. The reward comes in seeing the people you have helped grow and change.
Open and flexible. You will help those in need to develop strategies that fit the person’s need, talent, skills and desire, and push the person towards growth.
Values learning. You are a life-long learner and want to pass that desire on to everyone you come in contact with. It is ok to not know everything, no one does. You have the willingness to search and seek out answers. You want to learn from your mentee in this mutual learning journey.
Smart about pushing boundaries. You are capable of identifying comfort zones and encourage the mentee to step out of his/her comfort zone to have new experiences and reflect on learning.
Savvy about providing feedback. You are skilled at creating long-term relationships, having ongoing dialogues to identify opportunities for improvement for your mentee, and proposing actions to be more successful.
Treat others with respect. You are tactful in your conversation and emotionally intelligent. You are not judgmental of others, you feel empathy to those they are dealing with emotions or challenges during the different phases of their lives.
Do these qualities describe you? Are you excited to grow and develop while helping a student do the same? If so, please contact us at email@example.com to start the conversation. We’d love to talk to you.
“I felt rewarded that I had something to offer my mentee. I looked at how different we were on paper, and I was worried about that. And then we found a food connection - we both love Ethiopian food, and from then on we developed a great relationship. We all need different perspectives to add to our own perspectives”.
“I needed a support system as I am the only one from my family to attend college. My mentor became my support system. The mentorship program meant the world to me. My mentor kept me in school when I wasn’t sure I was going to make it”.
“Great experience, privilege to be a part of this fantastic program. As a mentor, found it was so enjoyable, educational, and inspiring. My mentee could not make it today but is such a wonderful, intelligent great new friend. Fantastic articles and resources, great job with identifying great topics!”
“I want to thank my mentor for being an incredible mentor and friend. She helped me being a more resilient and confident woman. She helped me improve my public speaking skills. I’m forever grateful for her advices and support.”