The 2016 WIC Speed Mentoring Event in Review

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:: When I proposed launching a WIC Mentorship Program in 2014, none of us knew where it would lead. WIC has an incredibly vibrant community, with a culture of supporting one another’s success; a mentorship program seemed a natural fit for the organization.

Fast forward two years: we’ve launched six Mastermind groups and two Speed Mentoring events, with demand for more. We’ve had bumps along the way. Still, with great member suggestions – and a little patience – WIC continues to evolve the effectiveness and value of the programs.

WIC’s second annual Speed Mentoring event on November 17 was a perfect example of WIC at it’s best.

Repeated Last Year’s Successes

We retained the original format since it received strong reviews:

  • – 1:1 mentoring sessions with WIC’s most successful consultants, business owners and coaches. Eleven members volunteered to mentor, many for the second year in a row!
  • – Short, 8-minute discussions to maximize the number of mentors each participant could meet
  • – 2:1 ratio of mentors to mentees meant minimal wait time to speak with a mentor
  • – A debriefing afterwards to share the learning among both mentors and participants
  • – Informal, light food and no-host bar available throughout the event

Experimented With Some Changes

  • – Extended mentoring by 30 minutes to increase the number of sessions overall
  • – Participants could pair up to speak with mentors at the same time
  • – Mentors took a 30-minute break to switch hats and become a mentee
  • – Many of the mentors gave up their break (or forgot to take it) and mentored for 90 minutes straight. They were incredibly dedicated!

Angel Rampy, Success Through Learning, sponsored the event with a jewelry show from which she donated 20% of proceeds to Second Harvest. A huge percentage of participants went ‘shopping’ while waiting for their next session. A great bonus for everyone!

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Valuable Advice, New Relationships

Each mentee started the evening armed with the list of mentors they wanted to meet.

Encouraged to talk with anyone who was available, mentees were thrilled to discover mentors they didn’t know and the unexpected advice they received. Everyone shared that all the advice was hugely important; and, in some cases would change their business forever.

The energy and enthusiasm throughout the evening was palpable. For 90 minutes there was a constant roar in the room.

Great Reviews

Following is some of the amazing feedback we received regarding this year’s event:

“This was a phenomenal experience. I had no idea what to expect and every table I sat at … I learned something I can take back to my team and use. It was one of the best evenings in a really, really long time.”

Emerson Knowles
Non-WIC Member

“What I enjoyed most …was having such a variety of professionals to speak with. They were all positive…about their own careers and encouraging about my own. It was however the sheer breadth of their experience that was so beneficial.”

Ginger Weeden
WIC Member

“I just rejoined WIC and I’m so glad. This event really caught my eye. And, it’s been so great to hear from other women. And I personally want to check out the Mastermind groups.”

Laurie Kretchmar
WIC Member

This event could not have happened without the hard work and dedication of a huge number of WIC volunteers, mentors, sponsors and participants. It is testament to the amazing outcomes when the WIC community comes together.

Keep an eye out for the WIC’s next round of Mastermind groups launching early next year!

About Robin Weintraub

Robin Weintraub is a marketing strategist with 20+ years of experience advising a who’s who list of top companies that include Microsoft, Adobe, SAP, PayPal, Chase, United Airlines, Sears, and HBO. The C-level hires her to help navigate unchartered territory and address challenges that directly impact the bottom line. Robin rapidly identifies the key levers that drive a business, ideates on the fly, and add values from the very first meeting. She has tackled almost every marketing challenge, acquiring deep expertise in direct marketing, strategic planning, and branding. Areas of focus include strategy, insights, and analysis, as well as planning and execution. (Twitter handle: @RobinWeintraub)

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  1. coaching programs and Mentoring Programs for Women help them to connect to lot of women who are like them. This has a positive impact in ones way of life and helps women to come out of their self limiting beliefs

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