Application Window Opens February 12th for Emerging Leaders Mentor Program
The Woburn Business Association will begin piloting their Emerging Leaders Mentor Program on April 17th. Application window for Mentors and Mentees will be February 12th to March 16th.
About the Program
The Emerging Leaders Program will be a three-month collaboration with Mentor/Mentee pairs attending monthly workshops and meeting privately. The goals of the pilot program are to form supportive relationships, apply program materials, and acquire tools to grow within their companies. These goals will be met by cultivating a safe environment for early professionals to connect with more experienced professionals and navigate to the next level of their careers. The platform will form symbiotic relationships for now and later. In addition to the three monthly two-hour workshops presented by experts in their field, Mentor-Mentee teams will be expected to meet monthly for follow-up and discussion. Workshops will be devoted to discussing aspects of Personal Branding and Difficult Conversations.
This program is a WBA member benefit and is being offered at no cost to our Mentors and Mentees. The Woburn Business Association is proud to provide this opportunity for our member businesses and their employees. Mentors and Mentees will be matched on a best fit basis. Everyone is encouraged to apply with the understanding that this is a pilot program with limited spaces. Anyone not matched is encouraged to reapply for the fall program.
To be eligible for participation, professionals must be an owner or employee of a WBA member business. Professionals with three to seven years of experience within their field will be paired with more seasoned professionals. Mentees must be available to attend the three workshops on 4/17, 5/15 and 6/19. Mentees will also be expected to meet with your Mentor a minimum of once a month outside of the workshops. Each workshop will include pre and post work, the latter to be reviewed and discussed with Mentors. The time commitment for Mentees is 3 to 6 hours per month including the workshop in which they will gain skills to support their career growth:
- Tools to advance within their company
- Advanced skills to network and cultivate relationships
- Advice to deal with business issues and overcome professional hurdles
- Answers to questions they currently have no one to ask
To be eligible for participation Mentors should have 10 to 15 years of experience within their field. Pairs will be matched based on Mentor/Mentee expectations and desired areas of growth. Mentors must be available for all workshops on 4/17, 5/15 and 6/19 as well as a minimum of one meeting a month outside of the workshops. Mentors are responsible for supporting their Mentees in work-shopping the material presented, fostering a safe and comfortable relationship, and be available to Mentees to discuss issues or questions that arise. Including the workshop, this is a commitment of 3 to 5 hours per month.
The ultimate goal of the Emerging Leaders program is to foster relationships that support Mentees to master new skills and move forward in their company.