Lift Mentoring Program
Program Overview, Goals & Requirements
As the Women in Cybersecurity study indicates mentorship is correlated with the success and satisfaction of women at all levels. Lift is one of the initiatives we have to support your development and advancement of your career.
The goals of Lift are to
• Accelerate our members success
• Sharpen our members skills and presence while increasing your effectiveness and readiness for promotion
• Prepare our members to lead at all levels
• Foster one to one connections and relationships
• Harness the wealth of knowledge and experience of our community
• Impact the underrepresentation and underutilization of women in Information Security, IT Risk Management and Privacy
Lift is a member-only program and requires a six month commitment.
Lift is a program that inspires our members to find encouragement and support; to pursue their interests; to define and achieve their career goals; and to help steer them through the challenges of work/life integration. In addition, members will continue to build a trusted professional network.
EWF Master Mentor Designation
We are pleased to offer our Lift Mentors an option to obtain an EWF Master Mentor designation. This is a leadership development opportunity available through on demand learning on our mentoring platform. It provides our Lift Mentors with learning modules titled: Being a Mentor, Accelerating Trust, Mentoring Goals, Mentoring Conversations and Mentoring Challenges. Once the modules are complete our Mentors will have a Master Mentor designation on their Lift profile and can use as an enhancement to their work experience.
Time Commitment & Open Season
It is expected that participants will meet/speak/skype at least once per month for 45 minutes to an hour for the six month program. We encourage 2 meetings/calls/skypes each month whenever possible. This would translate to approximately 6-12 hour commitment over six months.
Every six months, an open season will be announced to allow participants the opportunity to be matched with a new Mentor/Mentee. Each program participant may opt to continue their existing relationship and to bypass the open season, as well as opt to drop out of the program if needed. There are no penalties for dropping out of LIFT.
What We Expect
Mentors and Protégés are expected to speak a minimum 1x per month and communicate regularly to discuss goals, career strategies, specific issues, training needs, or networking advice. Mentees are expected to identify the goals they want to achieve at the beginning of the mentoring relationship and record those goals as the foundation for the monthly discussions.
This sounds great so far...how do we get paired?
The Matching Process
All applicants will create their profile and identify areas of expertise for mentors and focus areas/program goals for Mentees. The system will provide a match to the Mentee. Once the Mentor and Mentee attend training they can officially begin.
Sign up to participate in Lift
If you are a current EWF CONNECT member you can register here: http://ewfmentoring.com/winter2020 for the next Lift program that will begin on January 6, 2020. Open enrollment ends November 20, 2019.
If you participated as a Mentee and/Mentor in the current round of Lift you can re-enroll by going to your profile in the platform and checking the box "I confirm I would like to participate in the 2020 Winter program" above your name in Part 1. Please make sure your profile is 100% complete.
Mentor and Mentee kick off call will occur on January 15, 2020.
What to Learn more?
To Learn more watch this webinar as Linda Dolceamore, EWF Leadership Development Director reviews the Lift program in more detail or contact Linda directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.