Mentoring

WGR supports mentoring at all career levels (including peer to peer) and offers formal and informal opportunities for members to make a connection. Check the WGR calendar to check out upcoming opportunities.

2017 Mentoring Pilot Program 

To build upon the many informal opportunities for WGR members to make connections and share career advice, WGR is pleased to announce that it is launching a pilot for a formal mentoring program this fall. We seek to match about 40-50 mentors and mentees (about 20-30 pairs) for a three-month formal mentoring program. Here is what is involved:

 What is required of mentor and mentee partners:

  • Interest in building a closer relationship with another WGR member
  • Willingness to speak honestly about career goals and challenges and to provide advice and insight
  • Availability for one meeting with your partner per month from September – December (partners will schedule based on their availability)
  • Willingness to complete a survey for WGR to give feedback on the pilot

What WGR will do:

  • Match mentor and mentee partners based on your goals and common areas of interest
  • Provide you with reminders and prompts for your meetings to get the conversation started
  • Evaluate the pilot at the end to see whether a larger mentoring program is feasible


 

Other opportunities frequently on our calendar:

Mentor Dinners

Mentor Dinners bring professional women together to discuss what life is like as a female in the field of government relations.  Held quarterly, the dinners are limited to 20 participants, with one or two experienced industry professionals serving as the evening’s hosts. The hosts guide conversation, provide perspectives and share their own life experiences. If you are interested in serving as a host, please contact the office.

Roots to Route Career Panels
Women have all taken different paths to get to where they are today, and their roots have been a key part in their professional development. “Roots to Route” is a popular series that explores the journey from roots, where someone started in their career to their route along the way. A panel of seasoned professionals discuss a wide variety of topics including their lessons learned, where they are now and what they wish they had known then, and general advice from their experiences. Interested panelists should contact the office.

Mentor Roundtable
– Mentors are stationed at tables with enough seats for a few participants to allow for a short, substantive discussion before moving on to the next mentor. The program is followed by a networking portion to allow participants and mentors additional time to interact.

Meet Ups

Have you met someone at event recently who inspired you, made you laugh or the conversation just clicked? WGR encourages everyone to connect with members on your own by grabbing lunch or coffee – or attending an event together. Some great events for the “buddy system” include: happy hours, the annual Wine Tasting and Holiday Party, golf events and the Spring Reception. Just do it!

Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN)

Interested in mentoring the next generation of young leaders? WGR and PLEN have a shared interest in advancing leadership for women across a broad spectrum of professional fields. Women with all levels of experience are welcome to participate in PLEN programs as mentors including lunch roundtables, networking receptions, panel discussions and resume reviews. Visit their website or contact Sarah Bruno for more information.