Mentor Program

Linking today’s professionals with tomorrow’s leaders

 

To our mentees, congratulations on being awarded a Women’s Executive Council scholarship. To our mentors, thank you for graciously volunteering your time and talents to our current scholars.

Since 1987, Women’s Executive Council scholarships have been the turning point in many lives, especially those who have embraced and encouraged the opportunity for personal growth, self-improvement, and professional development.

The WEC Mentorship Program is designed to:

  • Support WEC’s Vision – To embrace and empower women to serve Central Florida women. Specifically, WEC’s Mentor Connect is designed to engage our scholarship recipients and member volunteers by facilitating mentorship and development opportunities.

  • Develop the WEC Characteristics for Leadership – Strategic, Courageous, Focused, Inclusive, Authentic, Influential, Diplomatic.

 

Rules of Engagement for Mentors & Mentees:

Expectations of the Mentee

  • Commit to a six-month engagement

  • Meet at the agreed-upon times

  • Keep all confidences between you and your mentor

  • Commit to completing any assignments and activities your mentor recommends

  • Be prepared to report the outcomes of your assignments

  •  Be receptive to coaching and feedback on factors that could positively/negatively impact your role as a business leader

  •  Be willing to evaluate the process periodically, and at closure, to review accomplishments

  • For more tips, read “Top 10 Tips for Being a Good Mentee” at Insala.com.

 

Expectations for the Mentor

  • Commit to a six-month engagement

  • Meet at the agreed-upon times

  • Keep all confidences between you and your mentee

  • Provide sound advice (assignments) in response to specific development concerns

  • Hold mentee accountable for completing assignments

  • Offer clear, constructive and honest feedback about positive factors to encourage and about negative factors to guide correction

  • Be willing to evaluate the process periodically, and at closure, to review accomplishments

  • For more tips, read “How to Be an Amazing Mentor: 12 Ways to Make a Positive Impact on Others” at Hubspot.com.

 

2021-2022 WEC Mentor Connect Cohort

WEC’s Mentorship Program called “Mentor Connect” is a six-month program to facilitate mentors' and mentees' relationships. WEC will host monthly Zoom calls scheduled each third Thursday of the month, beginning September 2021. These calls are designed to provide a convenient opportunity for mentors and mentees to easily meet. Following a brief welcome, mentors and mentees will be placed in breakout rooms for the balance of the call. Feel free to make these Third Thursday calls your routine time/place to convene with each other; otherwise, we give you the latitude to determine the best schedule, format, and frequency for you and your mentor/mentee.

You will receive a meeting invite for the recurring monthly Zoom meetings. 

 

 

Welcome Mentors and Mentees! Looking forward to an exciting year of growth, friendship, and accomplishments. Our sessions this year will be HIGHLY interactive with games, one-on-one, and group conversations.  We will use the Kahoot App as a fun review of the materials shared before the session for the first few minutes of each evening.  Then, we will break out into small groups for discussion on implementation.  All sessions will be on the third Thursday of each month.  WEC Mentors will be assigned in November after students and Mentors have a chance to meet and interact. 


Not Just About Getting a Job, But Keeping It (Part 1)
Interpersonal Skills
Thursday, January 20, 2022
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Gift & Power of Emotional Courage
Susan David | TEDWomen 2017

Psychologist Susan David shares how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health and happiness. In this deeply moving, humorous and potentially life-changing talk, she challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional truth and discusses the powerful strategies of emotional agility. A talk to share.

Click on the video to watch.

Dealing with Difficult People

How to Deal with Difficult People: 10 Expert Techniques, by Mat Apodaca. 
Click here to view the article. 

Conflict Resolution

Five Effective Conflict Resolution Strategies, by Indeed Editorial Team. 
Click here to view the article.


Time Management | Work-Life Balance

Thursday, December 16, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

How to Gain Control of Your Free Time
Laura Vanderkam | TEDWomen 2016

There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their lives, and she's discovered that many of us drastically overestimate our commitments each week, while underestimating the time we have to ourselves. She offers a few practical strategies to help find more time for what matters to us, so we can "build the lives we want in the time we've got."

This talk was presented at an official TED conference and was featured by our editors on the home page.

Click on the video to watch. 

 

Three Rules for Better Work-Life Balance
Ashley Whillans | The Way We Work

Have you answered a work email during an important family event? Or taken a call from your boss while on vacation? According to behavioral scientist and Harvard Business School professor Ashley Whillans, "always-on" work culture is not only ruining our personal well-being -- but our work, as well. She shares which bad habits are stopping us from getting what we need out of our free time and three practical steps for setting boundaries that stick.

Click on the video to watch. 

 

Please download the worksheet and bring it to the Zoom meeting. 

 


Goal Setting
Thursday, November 18, 2021

Setting Goals That Matter
Samantha Kirs - TEDxLaval

As a success coach with a background in marketing, I understand the necessity of emotion to move people towards the desired outcome. Capitalizing on research into the effect that emotions have on accountability, I will share my proprietary way of goal setting that challenges us to put our feelings at the core of our goals. ABOUT SAMANTHA KRIS Samantha Kris is an international success coach, author, and speaker. She is also the founder of the Bossing Up movement, a community that empowers each other to harness their hunger for more and create opportunities for themselves and others. Samantha is passionate about helping people get from where they are to where they want to be. She uses her personal experiences, rich marketing background, and business acumen to elevate the success of individuals and businesses alike. Her proprietary method of goal setting earned her five promotions in five years, enabled her to double her income in that time, and propelled her into the life of an entrepreneur. Her approach and ability to help people and projects realize their full potential has shaped her into a true agent for change. Samantha Kris is an international success coach, author, and speaker. She is also the founder of the Bossing Up movement, a community that empowers each other to harness their hunger for more and create opportunities for themselves and others. Samantha is passionate about helping people get from where they are to where they want to be. She uses her personal experiences, rich marketing background, and business acumen to elevate the success of individuals and businesses alike. Her proprietary method of goal setting earned her five promotions in five years, enabled her to double her income in that time, and propelled her into the life of an entrepreneur. Her approach and ability to help people and projects realize their full potential has shaped her into a true agent for change. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Click on the video to watch. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Develop A Plan, Make the Impossible Possible
Amara Leggett - TEDxNewAlbany

Amara Leggett is an accomplished 16-year-old who has already graduated from both New Albany High School and Columbus State Community College. Her talk centers around how to form a plan that allows you to do what at first seemed unthinkable, which for her meant graduating from high school and college simultaneously. Amara is an accomplished 16 years old - she has already graduated from both New Albany High School and Columbus State Community College. She will discuss how to form a plan that allows you to do what at first seemed unthinkable, which for her meant graduating from high school and college simultaneously. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Click on the video to watch. 

 


 

 

The Art of Goal Setting
Keianna Cavé - TEDxUofM

Keiana Cavé talked about her ideology of not setting SMART goals. She advocates dreaming big so as to not limit yourself. In order to change the world, sometimes you have to be unrealistic. Cavé is only a sophomore at the University of Michigan, and she is already listed as a member of Forbes 30 Under 30 and has made advances in the field of chemistry. Keiana is a researcher, entrepreneur, and a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Michigan. At the age of 15, Keiana began researching the BP oil spill and ultimately invented a carcinogen-fighting molecule and created her own startup, which is currently being supported by both the University and Chevron. She is also a brand representative in various fashion and modeling companies and she hopes to use her influence in both science and fashion to blend the two together to promote female empowerment. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Click on the video to watch. 

 


How to Find the Right Mentor
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mentoring provides life-long opportunities for growth. We want to help you instill this practice for use throughout your career.  This month we are discussing “How to Find the Right Mentor.”  Please click here to read this short article and listen to the 21-minute Podcast in preparation for Thursday, October 21st, Session! 

Again we will have a Kahoot game to review the ideas presented, so be sure to download the App to your phone so you can play. 

You will need to sign up for each Session each month, so we know who will be on hand. Reminder, WEC will be matching Mentees and Mentors following the October Discussion.   

WEC looks forward to meeting and working alongside you!

 

 

Networking
Thursday, September 16, 2021

WEC kicks off the Mentoring Cohort with a Meet and Greet Session that will allow Mentors and Mentees to get to know one another while honoring their NETWORKING skills.

Please watch this short video before the Session and download the Kahoot App to your phone.  The questions in the Game that evening will be from the video! Our breakout sessions follow the Game, where you give your 60-second highlight reel.  Again the video will help you with what to say. 

The FIRST meeting is from 6 - 7 pm. Be prepared to VOTE if this is the BEST time to meet.  Other options: 5-6 pm; 5:30-6:30 pm; or 6:30-7:30 pm. 


Thursday, October 21, How to Find the Right Mentor

Thursday, November 18, Goal Setting

Thursday, December 16, Time Management Work-Life Balance

Thursday, January 20, Not Just About Getting a Job, But Keeping It Part 1

      • Interpersonal Skills
        • Emotional Intelligence
        • Dealing with Difficult People
        • Conflict Resolution
        • Interaction

Thursday, February 17, Not Just About Getting a Job, But Keeping It Part 2

      • Personal Habits
      • Ethics
      • Confidentiality
      • Reputation

Click the button below to register for each session!