Women in Voice is delighted to announce the 5th Annual Mentor Matchup!
“To me, this program is one of the most important things WiV does. We all know it can be so hard to “break in” and start to network within an industry. Sometimes knowing 1 or 2 people “on the inside” is all it takes to get someone launched. Even a 1-hour call helps people feel less alone, and helps boost confidence.” – Rebecca Evanhoe, WiV Board of Directors
The Joy of WiV Mentorship Season is here!
This program is designed to connect women+ from all over the globe in voice technology and conversational AI! If you think you belong here, we bet you do. In previous years, we have been delighted by the joy these connections have created and the ongoing cultivation of career and personal development that learning from each other has enabled.
Gender: we’re continuing to keep the mentorship initiative to women and marginalized genders since we’ve heard many sensitive and gender-specific subject matters arise.
This program is 100% free to participate in. It is valued at $200-2k which we’ve seen similar programs cost.
Are you a student? Pivoter? Been here for 20 years?
Great! The program is open to all career stages and roles in the conversational AI and voice industry.
What’s new for 2023?
(1) Special form customization for niche matches (LGBTQIA+, Parenting, & More)
(2) A growing community with hunger to connect and learn from each other
(3) Streamlined operations to ship these lovely matches by early March!
Ready to sign up? Deadline is Feb 14, 2023!
TESTIMONIALS & STORIES
“”Keep doing what you are doing! I’m extremely grateful and feel honoured to have received a mentor that is an industry pioneer and leader.”
“The match was perfect for me in both cases, as a mentor and a mentee. Very well chosen! Also, I loved being able to play both roles – being a mentor and a mentee. It shows you you have something to give back.”
“My mentees were enthusiastic and interesting, I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the fact that we were coming from different countries with different stories but things to share.”
“A fantastic fit regarding career background and common future interests within voice. Inspirational to see the world from another perspective.”
"We really put all our efforts into having the right matches and making sure mentees would benefit from the meeting with their mentors, and mentors would be comfortable sharing their experience and knowledge with someone who would really need it."
Mary Tomasso, WiV Board Member
"To me, this program is one of the most important things WiV does. We all know it can be so hard to “break in” and start to network within an industry. Sometimes knowing 1 or 2 people “on the inside” is all it takes to get someone launched. Even a 1-hour call helps people feel less alone, and helps boost confidence."
Rebecca Evanhoe, WiV Board Member
"This is program is integral to WIV’s success. It promises what we initially set out to do as an organization."
Shari Pople, WiV Mentorship Leader & WIV New Jersey Ambassador
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I expect my match?
Phase 1: Application Deadline February 14, 2023
Phase 2: Matching Begins Behind the Scenes
Phase 3: In Early March, you’ll receive an email connecting you & your match
Mentorship Time: Once you are connected with your match, schedule your 30-60 mentorship call!
Am I ready to be a Mentor?
This program typically recieves FAR more mentees than mentors.
Why is that? We think:
- Everyone in every stage of their career needs a mentor. We are all learning and evolving!
- Many folks who have experience to share do not feel ready to be mentors.
If #2 sounds like you, we encourage you to apply to be a mentor and give it a try! Pay it forward and you may surprise yourself.
Our mentees are looking for a diverse range of skills and support from mentors.
If you are new to the voice industry but have applicable skills from another industry please signup!
Tips for Mentorship Success
Here are three tips to help you make the most of our program while respecting each other’s time and energy.
- Mentorship is a two-way street. We are all human and sometimes need a gentle nudge. Waiting for your mentor to contact you first? Take initiative to send that email.
- Research your mentor to learn what they can best advise you on. What can you learn from them that you couldn’t learn from someone else?
- Respect your mentor’s time and energy by refining and prioritizing your top 2-3 questions – but be open to exploring topics not on your list. Your mentor’s life lessons could come in handy when you least expect it.
Mentorship at Women in Voice is a unique opportunity for two people in the field to connect meaningfully with someone new.
We can’t wait to match you this year and we hope you all have enriching conversations!
We appreciate your interest!
Your commitment is to meet with your match for a 30-60 minute call and abide by our code of conduct.
Please use the Mentee Form below and we will do our best to match you with a Mentor.
Thank you in advance for donating your time to one of WiV’s missions which is to provide professional development and resources to support women!
Each matchup requires a 30-60 minute call, the timing of which will be coordinated between you and your mentee.
Many of our matchups continue the conversation beyond the hour — this is your choice, if you both have time and if the match is a good fit.
On the fence about becoming a Mentor? We have experienced a wide range of skill requests from mentees, are you an ace at public speaking but new to the voice industry? Your skills qualify you as a Mentor! Please use the Mentor Form below.
Note: You can participate as a Mentee *and* as a Mentor. Learning is a lifelong challenge and Mentorship can have benefits throughout your career. The Mentee/Mentor relationship should be mutually beneficial!
*one hour is our minimum commitment. Many of our matchups continue the conversation beyond the hour.
Deadline to apply = February 14
A note on data:
We take your data privacy extremely seriously. The information you provide on this form will remain within WiV only. We may share pieces of your application with your mentor if possible.
You will receive a copy of your application via email. Make sure to use a secure email address.