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Women in Design in collaboration with the Women’s Principal’s Group is facilitating a nine month long mid-career mentorship program for designers and architects in the Boston area. This is a great opportunity to connect and learn from women with different experiences and backgrounds.  

This mentorship program focuses on connecting women to a larger network, getting meaningful time with a mentor to get individualized attention, learning through a role model, and accessing new career perspectives. Mentoring helps mid-career women successfully navigate career decisions and find balance to create fulfilling and lasting career paths. This program provides a platform for mid-career women to advance and gain support from leaders in the design field.

At the conclusion of the application period, mentees and mentors, and peers will be paired / grouped based on shared interests and needs. The committee notifies the participants of their matches and provides a kick-off, mid-program, and closing event. The success of the program lies in the frequency and quality of meetings established by the pairs / groups. All are encouraged to join BSA and WiD events. 

Every career path is different. If you are wondering whether this program is for you as a mid-career mentee, ask yourself if these questions are relevant to you. 

  • Am I at an intersection in my career?
  • What should be my next step to emerge as a leader, break through the “ceiling”? 
  • How can I achieve balance between my personal and professional life?
  • Where should I spend my time and effort professionally, given where I am in my career? 
  • How do other women navigate through professional decision-making?
  • How can I change my current paradigm and shift my career with clarity?

Mentors: Pay it forward

Help inspire mid-career women by providing support, career guidance and sharing your unique experience and skills. Providing mentorship to another professional is a great way to give back to the design community.


Gain insights and connections that can help expand your perspectives and navigate your career path. Being open to other’s experiences will allow you to reflect on your own career path. 

Peer Groups:

Share and learn with other women who are navigating through similar experiences in their own career paths. Develop a sounding board, reflect on your own career path, and expand your professional network.

Click here to apply as a mentor, mentee, or for peer groups for 2018–2019.  Review the schedule below to understand the duration of the mentoring program. 

For further information or questions, please contact a member of the planning committee:

Jess Garnitz /
Yanel de Angel /
Emily Paparella /
Heather Murtagh Miller /
Christine Marsh /
Katie Courtney /
Laurie DaForno /
Megan Carriere /


Kick-Off Event

When: October 4, 2018
Where: BSA Space



1. Can I apply as a mentee and as a peer applicant and prioritize which program I'd like to do first? Yes, the application has a location to indicate program preference if you apply for both.

2. Will a list of all of the mentors be available before the applications are due? Unfortunately, we cannot provide this but feel free to write in who you would like to see as mentor in the area provided on page 2 of the application.  

3. Do I have to be an architect / interior designer to apply? No, anyone connected to design (i.e. landscape architect, project manager, urban planner, engineer, etc.) can apply. 

4. Will there be a cap to the amount of people accepted in the program? How competitive is the application? Similar to last year, we will try to match as many people as we can.


BSA WiD Mid-Career Mentee Application.pdf58.78 KB