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Women in Design Mentorship

The Mentorship Sub-Committee is focused on creating programming to support women within the mid-point of their professional careers.

BSA WiD Mid-Career Mentorship Program:
Do you find yourself asking:

What should be my next step to emerge as a leader, break through the 'ceiling'?

Where should I spend my time and effort professionally given where I am in my career?

How do I feel fulfilled in my career and personal life?

Women in Design in collaboration with the Women’s Principal’s Group is facilitating a year long mentorship program for designers and architects in the Boston area.

Mentors: Pay it forward:
Help inspire mid-career women by providing support and career guidance and sharing your unique experience and skills.

Gain insights and connections that can help expand your perspectives and navigate your career path.

Every career path is different. This mentorship program focuses on connecting mentees to a larger network, getting meaningful time with a mentor to get individualized attention, learning through a role model, and access to new career perspectives. Mentoring helps people successfully navigate career decisions and find balance to create fulfilling and lasting career paths.

Common focus topics:

- Self-advocacy
- Time management
- Leadership skills
- Communication
- Networking
- Performance reviews
- Career trajectory

From past participants:.

My mentor worked with me to develop more effective tactics for project management, empowered me to take on a leadership role on sustainability in my office, and provided valuable perspective on how to manage my energy in and out of the office.

My mentor has been so generous with her time and experience and has connected me with experts in my area of interest. My mentor understands the big questions I have about 'what do I want to do with my career?'. She has been encouraging and grounding when I have had self-doubt. She has shared from her experience and given me a nudge and 'reality check' when I needed it to move forward.

2023-2024 Mentors Application

2023-2024 Mentees Application

After the completion of the application period, mentees and mentors will be paired based on their shared interests and needs. The committee notifies the participants of their matches and host a Program Kick-off meeting. The success of the program lies in the frequency and quality of meetings established by the pairs. Pairs are encouraged to join BSA, WiD, and BosNOMA events.

2024 Mid-Career Mentorship Program Schedule

November 8, 2023 - Applications Due
Mid-January 2024 - Program Kick-off
May 2024 – Mid Year Check in
October 2024 – Mid Year Mixer
January 2025 - Program wrap-up

* 1:1 meetings are the core of the program and are established individually by each mentor/mentee pair (typically every 4-6 weeks).

For early career support, we encourage you to check out the Emerging Professionals Network and for senior leadership support, please check out the Women Principals Group.