2017 WICT Philadelphia 

NEW PROGRAM: Mentoring Circles

Launching  May 8, 2017

Mentee Applications Due March 31, 2017
Download the application form here.

Are you ready to take control of your professional and personal development? We are now accepting applications for our new Mentoring Circles Program.

  • Groups of 10-12 mentees will be paired with 2 mentors for a structured mentoring program that will help mentees achieve a variety of individual development goals and objectives.
  • This award–recognized program gives mentees structure and support to steer their professional and personal development down the path they choose.

Mentoring Circles – Frequently Asked Questions 

  • What is a Mentoring Circle? A Mentoring Circle is designed to allow two mentors to work with multiple mentees. Presentations, delivered by professional coaches and industry leaders, are targeted at rising and new leaders and support the WICT Leadership Touchstones. The relationship between a mentor and mentee fosters the development of the mentee by sharing knowledge, expertise, values, skills and perspectives. Mentoring Circles afford the mentees the opportunity to network with other individuals as well as learn from their peers. It also allows mentees to build skills, knowledge and achieve their development goals, while it provides the opportunity for mentors to further enhance their skill sets as coaches and as advisors.
  • Should I join if I want one-on-one mentoring? No. This program is not designed for one-on-one mentoring; although a mentor may be available for one-on-one discussion on a case by case basis. The mentee should not expect one on one mentoring sessions on a regular basis as a part of the Mentoring Circle program.
  • Do I have to be a member of WICT to participate? Yes. To join online visit
  • What is the time commitment? Mentees and mentors can anticipate a time commitment of approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours per month. Mentoring sessions are held every month from May to November and typically are 1 ½ hours in length.
  • Do I have to complete assignments outside of the mentoring sessions? Yes. Mentees are each paired with an accountability partner (a fellow mentee) and asked to continue their development and self-assessment between sessions. Mentees are also asked to provide feedback and complete self-reflection activities before and after mentoring sessions. Mentors will be asked to prepare the on-site, self-guided portion of the monthly mentoring sessions using content/framework provided to them in advance.
  • Do I have to attend all of the sessions? Mentors and mentee are asked to attend all sessions in order to build the relationships within the Circle and gain the full benefit of the program.
  • Is this real development? Mentoring is a proven method for facilitating development by sharing knowledge, experiences and expertise. Mentors and mentees realize actual development if they commit to attending sessions and proactively manage their development.
  • How are mentors and mentees selected? The Mentoring Program committee will select 1 to 2 mentors per circle and up to 10 mentees per circle. Mentors will be selected with consideration to their ability to facilitate group discussions and commitment to developing others.
  • I would like to participate in the Mentoring Circle Program, what are my next steps? First, be sure you are a member of WICT. If you’re not a current WICT member, please visit to join. You must be a member to participate. Second, apply online. Applications can be found here and must be received by March 31, 2017.  The fee to participate is $75.  Applicants will be notified by April 14th.
  • Interested in serving as a mentor?  The 2017 co-chairs, Mindy Yablonski and Amanda Wilson, will be reaching out to confirm interest in participating again this year.  If this is your first time serving as a mentor, please email us to confirm your interest.

For more information please contact:

Name: Amanda Wilson, Mentorship Director

Name: Melinda Yablonski, Mentorship Director