Q1: May I apply if I participated before?
Yes, however, it is not a guarantee that you will get into 2020 Mentoring Program. The openings for the mentees will be limited this year. We strongly recommend that you still apply for the Mentoring Program.
Q2: Can I switch mentors part way through the program?
We do our best to match mentees and mentors based on the information provided in their applications. Due to the limited number of mentors, we encourage matched mentees and mentors to remain paired. If you have a concern, please contact the Women Accelerators team at [email protected].
Q3: Under what circumstances can I get a refund? How far into the program is this an option?
No refunds will be issued.
Q4: Will $60/$40 fee is one time for the entire 5-month program?
Q5: What if a meeting gets canceled, or I have an unexpected appointment and I wish to cancel my meeting with the mentor?
Please give your mentor/mentee as much notice as possible. You and your mentor are responsible for re-scheduling any missed meetings. Please visit our Code of Conduct page for further information.
Q6: What if the mentor/ mentee does not show up for a meeting without prior notice?
Please reach out to your mentor/mentee. Both mentees and mentors are responsible for attending meetings and communicating promptly. If you repeatedly have trouble getting in touch with them, contact the Women Accelerators team.
Q7: Can we keep in touch with the mentor even after the program?
It is up to the individual mentors. We encourage you to ask your mentor directly.
Q8: I have a question that is not listed in the FAQ session. Who should I contact?
For the Mentors
Q1. How do we schedule the meetings with the mentees?
It is a good idea to schedule the dates for the next five meetings at the first meeting. This way, your team will get a commitment upfront and reserve the meetings on their schedules.
Q2. What to do with meetings happening during dinner hours?
A lot of the meetings occur at night during dinner hours, therefore, it may be a good idea if each one from the team will take turn and volunteer to bring food for the group. The team could split up the costs of the food or the person who brought the food could pay for the cost for that time.
Q3. Where can the mentoring team meet?
Some of the previous mentees were able to schedule the meetings at their company’s conference rooms after work. If this is not an option, we recommend meeting at coffee shops or a restaurant. Another option is to reserve a conference room at a library. It is not mandatory to meet in person, we highly encourage you to schedule an online call using Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts.
Q4. How could we do to prepare for the mentoring meetings?
By setting goals and planning for the agenda. We suggest asking each of your mentees to prepare her goals and discussion points a few days before the meeting, this will help you to facilitate the discussions and interaction.