YWW and CFUW Mentorship Program

Studies have demonstrated that women choose to remain at their current level or move to another organization despite their confidence and desire to advance, because they feel that they lack role models, are excluded from informal networks, and do not have sponsors in upper management to create opportunities.

YWW believes that mentorship is one of the most important steps to help young women identify their full potential and achieve their vocational goals.

Make contact with mentors you believe are best suited to your needs

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And more.

Over 8,000 women acoss the country

The Canadian Federation of University Women, with a membership network of over 8000 women across the country, is especially well positioned to connect with young women who are beginning their careers. YWW connects its members with participating.

Benefits of being mentored

Promotes purposeful professional relationships that support the mentee’s development.

Increases the self-confidence of a new professional as she becomes familiar with a new role, increased responsibilities, and a new organizational culture.

Challenges one to go further, take risks, set new goals, and achieve at higher personal and/or professional standards.

Provides a forum to discuss professional issues, and to seek and receive advice.

Facilitates the development of increased competencies.

How it works

1. Find a right mentor

Once you join the Young Working Women Initiative, you will have access to our Membership site. Once there you will be able to view the entire list of available mentors, and choose the best fit based on your needs, such as education, field, location, and/or career.

2. Schedule to meet

In order to schedule a meeting with your selected mentor, please contact us (link to contact page). Let us know a little bit about what you are hoping to accomplish with this program, and your desired partnership, and we will pass along the information to your selected mentor. If she feels as though it would be a good fit, we will put the two of you in touch, and you can take it from there!

3. Develop a Relationship

Once you join the Young Working Women Initiative, you will have access to our Membership site. Once there you will be able to view the entire list of available mentors, and choose the best fit based on your needs, such as education, field, location, and/or career.

4. Progression

Successful mentoring relationships take many different forms, and each mentoring pair should communicate regularly to chart their own path. Mentoring discussions may include goals and plans for the future, strategies for networking and developing new relationships, tips on how to balance competing workplace and life demands, and steps to developing leadership skills. All of these discussions help women become more confident in their abilities, which allows them to progress in their chosen fields, and workplaces.

5. Check-in

We want to see this partnership be beneficial for both sides! We will do regular check-ins, which will help determine what participants are getting out of the program, and what they think could be improved. From this feedback, we can then tweak and tailor the program so it works best for everyone. If there are any issues, we are available to help resolve the concerns, or find a partnership that may be more rewarding for both parties.

Meet the Mentors

YWW mentors are CFUW members who have worked in a variety of fields including STEM, politics, education,  medicine, etc. They  are passionate about advocating for an women’s empowerment and committed to sharing their expertise and experiences in order to invest in a new generation of female leaders.

Find a mentor

Interested in becoming a mentor?

Application form

    CFUW will connect mentor and mentee in similar fields of interest and facilitate the first contact.  In dialogue, mentor/mentee teams will mutually agree to a time commitment and determine areas of focus.  The level of engagement in the process is self directed, yet responsive to the needs of the mentee.

    “As a result of the mentorship program I have seen definite growth and development in the areas that I set my goals, the program and the pace were perfect.”

    Allison Doe, Bibendum Malesuada Inc