|Women's Leadership & Mentoring Program|
Applications for the 2017-2018 Cohort are closed! Thank you to everyone who applied.
CWIP’s Women’s Leadership Mentoring Program (WLMP) is a one-year program that pairs emerging, mid-career and established 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, and types of job responsibilities.
WLMP: Emerging Leaders
WLMP will support ten mentorship pairs in the Emerging Leaders cohort during 2017-2018.The program targets 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.
WLMP: Mid-Career Leaders
WLMP will support five mentorship pairs in the Mid-Career Leaders cohort during 2017-2018. This component of WLMP targets women who have reached a mid-career point in their professional development and seek guidance on issues related to continued growth in job skills; negotiating the management hierarchy; and gaining greater influence both on the job and in the community.
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, develop new contacts and friendships by getting to know the diverse group of WLMP mentors and mentees.
WLMP strives to attract a highly diverse group of participants, including race/ethnicity, field of work, and types of employment responsibilities.
WLMP: Mid-Career Leaders
Both mentees and mentors are expected to commit to 2-4 hours per month to WLMP for one program year (October-August). This commitment includes:
· Setting jointly agreed-upon mentorship goals with your partner
· Participation in key evening events including an Opening dinner; an Orientation and Goal-Setting session (for the emerging leaders cohort), and Closing session/dinner;
· Monthly meetings with your mentoring partner
· Participation in two professional development sessions
· Participation in at least one social/networking activity
· Participation in the evaluation process, including the completion of on-line surveys and periodic phone check-in appointments.