Mentorship Program

Mentored professionals on average report higher compensation, greater number of promotions, more career satisfaction, greater career commitment, felt more likely to believe they will advance their career.
~ Lauren Bidwell, SAP

A mentorship program is a voluntary relationship between a mentor and a mentee. The mentor acts as a sponsor for the mentee, helping to improve performance, advance her career or business, share knowledge, and provide counsel and emotional support.

Kelowna Women in Business has developed its signature Mentorship Program to provide this valuable opportunity for our membership. The 12–week program is designed with both the entrepreneur and professional in mind.

What people are saying about the KWIB Mentorship Program

“I have done so much more with a person by my side than just doing it on my own. I am getting my website going, and I’ve worked on my presentations more diligently. I started a mentee group to continue collaborating outside of mentorship. I believe it is extremely important to be a part of a community of like-minded individuals and having this support group would be encouraged for future mentorship programs.” 2022 Mentee

“What I am enjoying most about the program is the time committed to nurturing/growing the business and having access to the expertise of my mentor.” 2022 Mentee

“It is rewarding to give back and help someone else in their professional journey.” 2023 Mentor

Entrepreneurs Did You Know…

Entrepreneurs with mentors report greater business success.
~ Forbes
70% of mentored businesses survive more than five years.
~ Research from UPS
92% of small business owners believe that mentors have a direct impact on the growth and survival of their business.
~ Renuka Gunjahalli, Entrepreneur
89% of small business owners who didn’t have a mentor wish that they did.
~ Forbes

Professionals Did You Know…

91% of professionals with a mentor are satisfied with their jobs, and 57% are “very satisfied”.
~ CNBC/SurveyMonkey Workplace Happiness Survey
Mentored professionals on average report higher compensation, a greater number of promotions, more career satisfaction, greater career commitment, felt more likely to believe they will advance their career.
~ Lauren Bidwell, SAP
More than 75% of professional women want a mentor but only 37% have one.
~ Harvard Business Review

Interested in Becoming a Mentee?

Could you use the skills and support of a mentor to take the next step in your business growth or professional career?

Interested in Becoming a Mentor?

Are you able to positively support and encourage the professional growth and development of a local business woman?

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