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:
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.
If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected]
|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?