Thank you everyone who applied to the 2019—2020 Cohort.
CWIP’s Women’s Leadership Mentoring Program (WLMP) is a one-year program that pairs emerging and mid-career professionals with women leaders in the nonprofit sector. WLMP has two mentor-mentee cohorts, one for Emerging Leaders and the other for Mid-Career Leaders. WLMP strives to engage a diverse group of participants including race/ethnicity, field of work, types of job responsibilities, professional experience, and career goals.
We are pleased to announce our 2019—2020 WLMP Cohort pairs:
|Emerging Leader Mentees
||Emerging Leader Mentors
||Tina Ramirez Moon
|Mid-Career Leader Mentee
||Mid-Career Leader Mentor
||Jean Hardy Robinson
WLMP: Emerging Leaders
WLMP will support ten mentorship pairs in the Emerging Leaders cohort during 2019—2020.The program focuses on women at the early stage of their careers and aims to foster individual professional development, build peer networks, and encourage the ongoing leadership development of women in the nonprofit sector.
In addition to regular 1:1 meetings and communication, each mentor-mentee pair is required to attend a joint orientation and goal-setting session, two educational programs, opening and closing events, and informal networking activities throughout the full program year (October 2019—August 2020). Participants must commit to meeting or communicating with their mentor or mentee on a monthly basis.
WLMP: Mid-Career Leaders
WLMP will support five mentorship pairs in the Mid-Career Leaders cohort during 2019—2020. This component of WLMP focuses on women who have reached a midpoint in their career and professional development and seek guidance on issues related to continued growth in job skills such as negotiating the management hierarchy; and gaining greater influence both on the job and in the community.
In addition to regular 1:1 meetings and communication, each mentor-mentee pair is required to attend a joint orientation and goal-setting session, two educational programs, opening and closing events, and informal networking activities throughout the full program year (October 2019—August 2020). Participants must commit to meeting or communicating with their mentor or mentee on a monthly basis. Mentees must also be members of CWIP.
Mentees have a chance to: get career guidance from experienced nonprofit leaders; build the skills necessary to take the next step in their careers; expand their professional networks by interfacing with women who are guiding and transforming Chicago's nonprofit and philanthropy sectors; and gain access to exclusive workshops and networking events.
Mentors have a chance to: "pay it forward" by sharing their expertise with emerging and mid-career leaders; enrich their own perspectives on the nonprofit sector and learn new skills and approaches by exchanging ideas with their mentees and fellow mentors; and develop new contacts and friendships by getting to know the diverse group of WLMP participants.
WLMP strives to attract a highly diverse group of participants, including race/ethnicity, field of work, types of employment responsibilities, professional experience, and career goals.
Applications for the 2020—2021 Cohort will open in Spring/Summer of 2020.
WLMP: Emerging Leaders
Mentees: Young women in the early stages of their nonprofit careers (five years or fewer of work experience) who have specific needs in areas such as goal-setting and career planning, skill-building, networking, or navigating an employment or educational transition. Both CWIP members and non-members who meet these criteria are welcome to apply.
CWIP members who have at least 8-10 years of experience and/or senior management experience in the nonprofit sector and a desire to support emerging women leaders in the nonprofit sector.
WLMP: Mid-Career Leaders
Mentees: Broadly, mentees are women who are at or reaching the mid-career stage of their professional development with over six years of experience. Issues that could be addressed with a mentor include developing high-level communications skills; finance for the non-finance executive; board development and management; managing “up, down, and sideways”; and maintaining work/life balance. Mentees must be CWIP members.
CWIP members with senior management experience and a desire to nurture the next generation of executive-level women in the nonprofit sector.
Both mentees and mentors are expected to commit to two to four hours per month to WLMP for one program year (October-August). This commitment includes:
- Setting jointly agreed-upon mentorship goals with your partner
- Participating in mandatory weeknight events including an Opening dinner, an Orientation and Goal-Setting session, and Closing session/dinner;
- Monthly meetings with your mentoring partner
- Participating in two weeknight professional development sessions
- Participating in at least one optional social/networking activity
- Participating in the evaluation process, including the completion of on-line surveys and periodic phone check-ins with WLMP Committee members.
If you experience technical difficulties completing the WLMP Mentor/Mentee application form, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other inquiries, please contact Glynnis Hokenson or Donna Jacobson.