Mentorship Program

Connecting the Industry

We are proud to announce the launch of the Women in Electronics Mentorship Program! This program will provide WE members the exclusive benefit of participating in a flagship program that connects an industry and provides access to mentors and leadership development guidance.

Women in Electronics Mentorship Program Goals:

  • Leadership training: helping our members develop their leadership abilities.
  • Skill development: assisting our members in meeting their career goals by learning new capabilities and improving on existing capabilities.
  • Succession planning: adding to our bench strength for future women leaders and helping them grow within their own organizations. The WE Mentorship program is also a way to help the overall talent retention and recruitment within the industry.
  • Enhancing relationships among WE members: building friendships and productive relationships among WE membership can lead to enhanced support and leadership skills.
  • Diversity promotion: Encourages and empower women to reach the next level of career development by gaining critical leadership guidance for their professional lives.

Research supports the need and value of mentorship programs.

  • According to a five-year University of Pennsylvania study, mentees were promoted 5 times more frequently and mentors, 6 times more often, than those who were not in a mentor program. 
  • In a recent survey of Fortune 500 CEO’s, participants listed having a mentor as the number one component of their success.
  • For CEO’s in formal mentoring programs (Harvard Business Review 2015):
    • 84% said mentors had helped them avoid costly mistakes
    • 84% become proficient in their roles faster
    • 69% were making better decisions
    • Millennials intending to stay with their organization for more than five years are twice as likely to have a mentor (68%) than not (32%)
    • Participants are 40% more likely to achieve their goals if they write them down. This increases to 70% if the goals are shared with someone to keep them accountable, such as a mentor.
    • 89% of those mentored, go on to mentor themselves contributing to a culture of learning and mentoring

Benefits to becoming a Mentor or Mentee:

Mentor:

  • Share knowledge and experience
  • Recognition as a subject matter expert and leader
  • Exposure to fresh perspectives, ideas and approaches
  • Satisfaction from helping another woman in the electronics industry
  • Reflection on your own experiences and opportunity to evaluate future goals
  • Development of your own personal leadership and coaching style
  • Opportunity to build a new relationship

Mentees:

  • Access to leadership talent
  • Objective feedback from someone outside your organization
  • Exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking
  • Advice on cultivating natural strengths and overcoming weaknesses
  • Guidance on professional development and advancement
  • Develop new skills and knowledge

How to become a WE Mentor or Mentee:

Please click on the appropriate registration button below to begin your application process. Once you complete the general information form, a link to the application will be emailed to you. Upon completion of the application, your information will be reviewed by the Mentorship Committee for selection into the next program.

Each WE Mentorship Program will last approximately 6 months and each mentor and mentee pair will meet at a minimum of once per month for approximately 1 hour. Mentees will be paired with a mentor to receive advice on identifying and achieving professional and personal goals while gaining a strategic leadership perspective. Mentors will have the opportunity to give back, further their own leadership development, and build a broader network.

The pilot Mentorship Program is currently in process.  The next set of Mentors and Mentees will begin their partnership in September 2020.   Based on the high demand to be mentored, if your application is not chosen for the current round, your information will be retained and considered for the next program start date.

Should you need assistance or have any questions about WE’s Mentoring Program, please contact us directly at [email protected]

Mentor Application

Mentee Application

Thank you for your interest in the Women in Electronics Mentorship Program.

Monica Highfill, Executive Director/Mentorship Program Chair

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