As part of its commitment to gender diversity in the technology industry, CHIMA has a strategic partnership agreement with Women in Communications and Technology (WCT). The partnership entitles CHIMA and WCT to offer reciprocal memberships to their respective members.
One of the benefits of holding an individual membership with WCT is that it entitles you to participate in the WCT National Mentorship Program as a mentee. Mentorship is a proven strategy for advancement and career success. WCT believes in the power of mentorship and has operated a national mentorship program for nearly 30 years. It links participants with mentors outside of their own company, outside their region and sometimes outside their industry and profession. It offers a rich alternative or complement to mentorship programs that professional organizations may offer.
Applications to participate in the program are usually accepted in the fall. But, to encourage participation, WCT is offering to enroll up to 10 CHIMA professional members in the program now. You can apply to participate as a mentee by completing the application form found in your dashboard under ‘My exclusive offers‘. Please ensure you register for your complimentary WCT membership before applying. Those details are also available in the dashboard area.
Take care to specify what your objectives are in seeking a mentor and what, if any, experience or skills you are hoping to gain. Within three to four weeks, you will be matched with a volunteer mentor from the WCT community. The engagement will run for a maximum of 12 months. Other terms of engagement are set between the mentor and mentee. For further information, visit the WCT website.
CHIMA members who are interested in becoming mentors are also encouraged to join the program. You do not have to be a WCT member to become a mentor. If you’re interested in sharing your experience and knowledge with someone or want to give back to the community, anyone with professional experience is welcome. Develop leadership skills and build your network by mentoring someone in your industry through the WCT National Mentorship Program.
Email Lynda Leonard at [email protected] to inquire about becoming a mentor.