WoWE Mentoring Program

Calling all Mentors and Mentees!

Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) is excited for your interest in our Mentoring Program. The original idea was suggested at a past WoWE Luncheon, and we have been conducting sessions since 2008.

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Ready to become a mentor or mentee? Follow these simple instructions:

  1. Go to the TMC website: www.mentoringconnection.com
  2. Click on the “Sign-Up Here” link and enter the Group ID: WOWE
  3. Complete and submit the User Profile.
  4. When the notification appears, click OK and complete the Registration Form. You will receive an email with further instructions.

Why be a Mentee?

Being a Mentee allows you the opportunity to tap into the experience and learning of professionals already in the wind energy industry. Other benefits include:

  • Learning new things about you, your strengths and hidden talents
  • Contributing to the success of your company/organization and the wind energy industry
  • Career growth and satisfaction
  • Expanding networking opportunities

Why be a Mentor?

While Mentees usually participate in mentoring for one or two basic reasons, the reasons for Mentors wanting to do so are more numerous and varied. They may include:

  • Opportunity to affect the future of those working in the wind energy industry
  • Benefit of giving back to the industry and professional community
  • Continued personal and professional growth
  • Personal satisfaction

Frequently Asked Questions

Why create a mentoring program for women in the wind energy industry?

We hope to encourage more women to become involved in all aspects of the wind energy industry, to improve career options for women already in the field, to provide a path for developing future female leaders, and to provide a networking tool for women in the wind energy industry.

Who can participate?

We are encouraging both women and men of all backgrounds to participate. Although the program was designed with women in mind, WoWE recognizes the important role of men in supporting WoWE’s mission and the unique perspectives men can bring to a mentoring relationship. Men are welcome to participate in the program as Mentors and/or Mentees.

How will the WoWE Mentoring Program work?

WoWE will be using an online mentoring program that provides the overall structure for designing and maintaining each mentoring relationship. We are joining with The Mentoring Connection website (TMC) to offer this program to you. All participation in the WoWE Mentoring Program is voluntary, and there are no fees or charges associated with being either a Mentor or Mentee. Sessions begin several times throughout the year and will run for 12 months.

Registration Forms for Mentor and Mentee are filled out directly on line. (Further instructions are below.) Those interested in being a Mentee can review the information provided by the potential Mentors and contact the individual they feel would make the best match. The Mentor then can accept, decline or refer the mentoring request, depending on their availability. Each mentoring relationship will have its own customized mentoring plan, and the WoWE Program Coordinate will provide training and guidance throughout the process. Participants may communicate by email, phone or in-person meetings.

The WoWE Program Coordinator will administer the Mentoring Program and provide you with initial and ongoing training, helpful topics and information throughout the 12-month period, mid-point and final program evaluations to assess the progress of each mentoring relationship, and be your primary contact for program questions and information.

How will WoWE ensure confidentiality?

WoWE understands that with a program of this nature, confidentiality is a key concern. Each mentoring relationship will define for itself what the nature of confidentially will be within it. From an overall program standpoint, the WoWE Program Coordinator will ensure that the information on-line via TMC and any other materials related to the program remain confidential.

What are the roles and responsibilities of the Mentee?

Each mentoring relationship is as unique as the individuals involved in it. However, WoWE expects Mentee candidates will exhibit these characteristics to help facilitate a productive mentoring relationship.

Qualities in a Mentee

  • Passion for learning and a desire to live up to their potential
  • Ability to follow through on commitments
  • Receptive to feedback
  • Trustworthiness, ability to keep confidences

Responsibilities of a Mentee

  • Willingness to commit time and energy to the mentoring process
  • Assist in the development of Mentoring Agreement and Mentoring Action Plan
  • Proactive in carrying out the specifics of the mentoring action plan and periodic evaluations and follow-up
  • Provide constructive feedback to WoWE

What are the roles and responsibilities of the Mentor?

Each mentoring relationship is as unique as the individuals involved in it. However, WoWE expects Mentor candidates will exhibit these specific characteristics to help facilitate a productive mentoring relationship.

Qualities in a Mentor

  • Possesses a positive outlook
  • Exhibits good communication skills
  • Capable of working with a diverse groups and individuals
  • Trustworthiness, ability to keep confidences

Responsibilities of a Mentor

  • Willingness to commit time and energy to the mentoring process
  • Assist in the development of Mentoring Agreement and Mentoring Action Plan
  • Commitment to carrying out the specifics of the Mentoring Action Plan and periodic evaluations and follow-up
  • Take a leadership role (rather than managerial) and model the characteristics and behaviors of a leader
  • Provide constructive feedback to the mentee, and to WoWE
  • Be open to feedback and suggestions for improving the effectiveness as a mentor

How do I join?

If you are interested in participating in the program, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to the TMC website: www.mentoringconnection.com
  2. Click on the “Sign-Up Here” link and enter the Group ID: WOWE
  3. Complete and submit the User Profile.
  4. When the notification appears, click OK and complete the Registration Form. You will receive an email with further instructions.

Can I be both a Mentor and Mentee?

Yes. There are separate Registration Forms to complete for both Mentor and Mentee. We encourage anyone interested in serving in both capacities to do so, however, please make sure that you can commit to the agreed upon time commitments with your Mentor and Mentee.

What is the time commitment?

The time commitment is based on whatever you and your Mentor/Mentee decide. Many pairs spend several minutes each week exchanging an email or two, while others take time for weekly or monthly calls. The time commitments can vary based on the goals and activities of the mentoring relationship. You can spend as much time or as little time as you feel comfortable! The important thing is to set clear expectations with your match at the beginning.

Is there a cost to join?

No. There are no fees associated with signing up for this program. We ask only that you donate your time and energy!

How long will I be in the program?

The formal mentoring relationship is designed to last 12 months. If desired by both parties, the mentoring relationship can continue after the formal mentoring timeframe is completed.

Can I join this program as a way to find a job in the wind energy industry?

The purpose of this program is not an employment or job-posting venue. We are offering this program to those who are interesting in working in some sector of the wind energy industry. The Mentoring Action Plan that is developed by the Mentor and Mentee will cover many components, and job-hunting advice may be one.

Do Mentors and Mentees need to be in the same city/state?

No. Our program is designed for long-distance mentoring relationships. We know that it most likely is not feasible to match each Mentee with a Mentor in their geographic area; although you can search for a match by location if it is an important aspect for you.

How do you match people up?

Once Mentors and Mentees sign up, the Mentees can view the Registration Forms of the Mentors on-line, and can reach out to potential Mentors with whom they feel they would be able to build a strong mentoring relationship. The final decision on a match is made between the Mentor and Mentee.

How often do you get together with your Mentor?

The specific number of mentoring sessions, the time involved, and the communication method can vary from one mentoring relationship to another. This is one part of the Mentoring Agreement developed by the Mentor and Mentee.

How many mentoring relationship are you scheduling?

We are not setting a limit on the number of mentoring relationships. We will work to find an appropriate Mentor for all interested Mentees.

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