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LebNet WiT SMART Mentorship Program

The LebNet Women in Tech community presents a new 1:1 mentorship program to support women professionals early in their tech careers!

WHAT: A 1:1 SMART Mentorship Program will run for 6 months, and is aimed to achieve 1-3 SMART goals that Mentees set at the beginning of the program.

WHO: Early and Mid-career women tech professionals residing in North America (or who may have recently moved there) looking for career growth, networking opportunities and marketplace support.

WHEN: Mentors and Mentees meet at least once/month for 6 months to work on mentees goals.

The program’s first cohort will aim to match 20 Mentor/Mentee Pairs.

Mentors and mentees will be matched carefully by the LEBNET Women in Tech (WIT) team. Matching is based on experience, expertise and preference for location by participants. Matching is not guaranteed.

Timeline for the cohort:

Applications are closed now. The window was September 11th - October 27th.

Matches were announced Mid-December and the program commenced with an orientation session on 1/16 with the participation of 25 mentors and mentees. Layal Rouhana, LebNet Women in Tech committee leader reviewed the rules of the program. The recording of the session is available here, and you can access the charts here

The program runs for 6 months from January till June 2024.

Program's mission and impact 

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." — Winston Churchill

LebNet’s WIT committee created this program to empower professional development for women in tech and help them grow in their career. 

This program will:  

    • Catalyze career advancement through mentorship, networking, and job referrals
    • Empower the next generation of women in tech who are of Lebanese descent  
    • Bring together a carefully curated cohort of like-minded, ambitious future leaders in technology who will form a go-to, tight-knit community 
    • Enable high quality networking with Lebanese leaders in technology in North America 
    • Allow you to explore different career options 
Eligibility Requirements

Mentors: Open to all 
Mentees: The program is open to women professionals in their early or mid-career in tech (<10 years of work experience)
    • Who reside in North America
    • Who are paid LebNet members. Sign up and pay HERE 

Expectations for Mentors 

Being a mentor is one of the greatest ways to support your community and give back. Here are our expectations of mentors:

Set a good example

Be open to learning

Get to know your mentee on a personal level

Share your experiences


Leverage your network

Expectations for Mentees

You will succeed and gain most from this experience by exhibiting:

Focus: Remember to set realistic expectations for yourself and what you can achieve during this time.

Patience: Understand that you are a team with your mentor and they are a guide to you. Together you will continue to find the best answers.

Receptivity: Step out of your comfort zone and accept feedback.

Ownership: Set solid SMART goals (please refer to the table below) and work diligently with your mentor towards them, to be most successful.

Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected]


As a mentor, what will I gain from this program?
  • As a mentor you will be able to give back to a community of young women in tech professionals
  • You will build lasting relationships and grow your network
What is the time commitment needed for mentors?
For a duration of 6 months, participants need to commit to meeting once/month (min of 30 min)
As a mentee, what if I need more time to achieve my SMART goals?
In that case, we encourage you to discuss your goals/ needs with your mentor, as new cohorts will be launched every 6 months to support other participants.
How do I know if I qualify to apply as a mentee?
If you are an early-in career woman in tech (<10 years of work experience) residing in North America AND you are a paid LebNet member, then you qualify
How do I know if I qualify to apply as a mentor?
All LebNet members can be mentors.
How do I apply?
Through our simple application forms. Follow this link to apply to become a mentor and/or this link to apply to become a mentee.
Can I be both a mentor and a mentee?
Yes. Just fill out both forms
How am I matched?
We work carefully on matching mentors and mentees based on SMART goals, areas of interest, expertise and preference for geographic location. The more you tell us in your application, the more we can help, although matching 100% of the criteria in the application form is not guaranteed.
What if I don't get along with my mentor/mentee?
Not a problem! Please contact the WiT Mentorship Committee ([email protected]) and we’ll be able to assist you.
What if I had any concerns/ additional questions about the program?
Please feel free to contact us at [email protected]

How to Set SMART Goals

Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant Time Bound
Goals are clear and detailed Goals are measurable Goals are realistic and attainable Goals are connected to objectives Goals must be set against a deadline.
A specific goal will usually answer the five "W" questions:

What: What do I want to accomplish?

Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

Who: Who is involved?
Where: Identify a location.

Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
Tracking goals with quantitative data will ensure success.

A measurable goal will usually answer questions such as:

• How much?
• How many?
• How will I know when it is accomplished?
An attainable goal will answer the question:

How: How can the goal be accomplished?
A relevant goal will usually answer the question:

Does this seem worthwhile?
A timely goal will usually answer the question:


What can I do 6 months from now?

What can I do 6 weeks from now?

What can I do today?

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