How Do the US and Canadian Regional Mentoring Programs Work?

  • For 2021, the mentoring program will be all virtual until face-to-face events are permitted by the local governance.
  • Mentoring takes place in groups (“circles”) with most groups made up of two mentors paired with four mentees. Circle composition may vary slightly depending on each year’s applicants and their locations, companies and mentoring focus areas.         
  • Mentees set a goal at the beginning of the program; mentors help mentees make progress toward achieving their goal. At the end of the program, mentees assess the progress they made toward their goals, and consider how to continue to leverage and apply what they’ve learned.
  • Mentoring circles share a common area of interest/focus, developmental area or type of goal.
  • Key program information and tools and resources will be shared with mentors and mentees prior to or during the kick-off.
  • Mentors and mentees are notified by their regional leadership team about their assigned group.
  • Each mentoring group determines its own rules and expectations, and establishes its own meeting format and schedule.
  • Mentoring groups work together over the course of ~28 weeks, meeting at least monthly (every three weeks is recommended) to help mentees make progress toward their goals.
  • At the end of the program, mentees assess the progress they made toward their goals, and consider how to continue to leverage and apply what they’ve learned.