TechWomen Cultural Mentors
- Inspire emerging women leaders to become change agents in their communities
- Serve as a cultural ambassador and help participants acclimate to life in the San Francisco Bay Area
- Build relationships with women across the world
- Join a dynamic, supportive network of more than 800 San Francisco Bay Area TechWomen mentor alumnae
- Give back and share your experiences with others
What is a Cultural Mentor?
Cultural Mentors are women working and living in the San Francisco Bay Area who have a strong commitment to empowering women globally. Cultural Mentors support Emerging Leaders’ professional and personal growth by helping them acclimate to life in the San Francisco Bay Area and inspiring them to make the most of their time in the United States. Mentors serve as cultural ambassadors, exposing Emerging Leaders to local attractions, cultural events and service opportunities.
How is a cultural mentorship structured?
TechWomen Cultural Mentors are selected in two groups – San Francisco and the South Bay – to foster relationships and collectively plan activities for Emerging Leaders in their geographic areas. Each TechWomen Cultural Mentor is designated a small activity group to collaboratively plan and facilitate events and activities for Emerging Leaders based on specific areas of interest:
- Outdoors: e.g. hiking, camping, picnics, visits to the beach and neighborhood walks.
- Professional Enrichment: e.g. networking events, speaker series, panels and young professional meetups.
- Arts: e.g. theater, dance and music performances, art galleries and museums.
- Culinary Excursions: e.g. tasting new cuisines, facilitating new culinary experiences.
What will a Cultural Mentor do?
Cultural Mentors will work with their activity group to plan and provide cultural immersion opportunities for Emerging Leaders. To facilitate this, Cultural Mentors prepare and facilitate a calendar of weeknight and weekend events and activities for small groups of Emerging Leaders throughout the program. Cultural Mentors are also encouraged to plan additional informal activities that support Emerging Leaders in gaining the most from their experience in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Cultural Mentors are required to attend an in-person orientation in August and are invited to a pre-program mentor networking event in September. Several exciting kickoff events with Emerging Leaders will be held in the first week of the program, which begins on September 28.
What is the time commitment?
Serving as a Cultural Mentor requires a considerable time commitment before and during the fall program, including planning and coordinating events with your activity group in September. Mentors agree to commit approximately 10 to 15 hours of preparation prior to the beginning of the program. Preparatory activities include the Cultural Mentor orientation, meetings with activity groups and individual coordination of activities.
During the fall program, Cultural Mentors should expect to commit significant time on weeknights and weekends planning and facilitating participation in cultural events. Past Emerging Leaders have noted that having extensive time with their Cultural Mentors was critical to a successful cultural mentorship experience. Successful mentors have been approachable, engaging and willing to dedicate substantial time to supporting the Emerging Leader community.