Are you a woman working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in the San Francisco Bay Area? Do you want to empower the next generation of women leaders in technology through professional exchange? Inspired to be a change-agent in the lives of women and girls on a global scale? If you answered “yes” to these questions, we encourage you to apply to become a Professional Mentor for the 2014 TechWomen program!
What Is a TechWomen Professional Mentor?
A Professional Mentor volunteers to work closely with an Emerging Leader from Africa and the Middle East to help her thrive professionally during her time in the United States. During the five-week program, each Emerging Leader engages in a project-based mentorship at their Professional Mentor’s host company in the San Francisco Bay Area or Silicon Valley. The projects are designed collaboratively with the Professional Mentor based on their Emerging Leader’s experience, areas of expertise, and fields of interest. These projects are mutually beneficial for the host company and the Emerging Leader, and are designed before the program begins in October. You can learn more about the project-based mentorship on the Professional Mentor page.
What Is The Mentorship Experience Like?
Want to hear from Professional Mentors in their own words? Check out this video by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for an insider perspective on the TechWomen mentorship experience:
How Are Professional Mentors and Emerging Leaders Matched?
This year, we’re excited to introduce a new process to match Professional Mentors with Emerging Leaders. For the first time, Professional Mentor applicants can indicate which Emerging Leader they would like to coach. Applicants can browse the 2014 Emerging Leader Profiles and filter the Emerging Leaders based on country, professional track, areas of expertise, and current focus. These matching profiles provide prospective Professional Mentors a snapshot of the Emerging Leader’s professional interests and learning goals in order to facilitate a thorough matching process. After submitting the application, the TechWomen team will review all submissions and match each Emerging Leader with the Professional Mentor applicant that best demonstrates professional compatibility.
Are You Eligible to Be a Professional Mentor?
To apply, you must
- Be a woman working in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Be able to host an Emerging Leader at your company’s site.
- Be able to coach the Emerging Leader on a project four days per week for four weeks in October 2014.
Please visit the Professional Mentor Application page for more details about the application, eligibility requirements, and how to apply.
If you have additional questions about the 2014 TechWomen Professional Mentor Application, please email us at [email protected].