Formal Mentoring Program
2021 WTS-Boston Formal Mentoring Program
Applications are due Monday, February 8
The WTS-Boston Mentoring Program will match seasoned leaders in the transportation industry with emerging professionals in mentor/mentee pairs for a four-month program, March – June 2021. Last year’s program was well-received and we are excited to kick off the 2021 program using the same format.
Why is this Program Needed?
WTS International’s mission is to provide access and equity for all women in transportation. At its core, across all chapters, WTS provides professional development opportunities for its members, offering encouragement and recognition to support the advancement of rising professionals as they grow in their careers.
A formal chapter mentoring program for WTS-Boston will provide the opportunity for professionals new to the field to access more seasoned professionals in the industry, providing them with insights that could have a lasting and tangible effect on their careers. Mentors in turn benefit from sharing career success stories with future leaders, building long-term relationships, and giving back to an industry that helped them in previous years.
Who Can Join the Program?
This program will be most successful if it solicits active participation from all members – including men- as both mentors and mentees.
What Does Participation Look Like?
Participation is easy. There are two components: mentor-mentee meetings (one-on-one) and group professional development sessions with all mentor-mentee pairs. We plan to host virtual monthly professional development sessions between March and June 2021. Dates and times are to be determined by this year’s participants. Events will be structured around topics with invited speakers. Possible topics will be generated by mentors and mentees and might include:
● Unconscious bias
● The business side of business
● WFH boundaries
● To family or not to family
● Breaking the confidence code
● Virtual networking
● Working with different personalities
● Public speaking practice
● Keeping up with COVID productivity
Mentors and mentees are asked to attend all mentoring events, if possible. They are also asked to meet virtually once a month (or more if they wish) informally one-on-one, or as small groups outside the formal mentoring events. Mentors are expected to act as a resource and to introduce them to other people in the transportation field. They are asked to provide guidance and to answer mentees’ questions honestly and sincerely. Mentor/mentee conversations revolve around identifying and taking advantage of opportunities. A mentor should be willing to answer the questions: What is your success story? What challenges did you face? How did you overcome adversity?
Who is Eligible?
The program is open to current WTS-Boston members only.
How do I Apply?
The application is designed to be straightforward and provides the first step in matching mentors with mentees by asking participants what they hope to get out of the program, the best times to meet, and the best way to communicate. Mentors will be able to meet prospective mentees at the first Mentoring Event and will be able to provide preferences following that meeting. Mentors and mentees will be matched by the WTS-Boston Mentoring Committee based on career background and interests, what mentors and mentees hope to get out of the program, and preferences on when to meet and how to communicate. Application requirements include:
Applications are due Monday, February 8 and must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Happens Next?
We plan to admit 10 mentors and 10 mentees (20 participants total). Participants will be selected based on the quality and completeness of the application, with preference given to members who are and/or have been active with WTS-Boston.
Accepted participants will be notified in February 2021 and guidance materials will be sent out in advance of the kickoff event in March 2021. Guidance material will include brief bios of participants, a schedule of events (including dates, times, and topics of events), and expectations. At the kickoff event, mentors and mentees will meet and talk with each other about meeting preferences. We will ask participants to set their own realistic schedule. Participants will determine:
● How they will meet;
● How often they will meet (at least once a month) and how long meetings will last;
● Their goals for the program.
For more information on this program, please contact Stephanie O’hara or Sarah Davis at email@example.com.