Mentorship is an importantly critical way to contribute to women’s academic and career growth and success, and to help increase the presence of female leaders in STEM fields. "Although the number of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is growing, men still represent a significant majority. Mentoring programs have been identified as a useful tool to alleviate this gap and therefore have been developed in an effort to attract and retain women in STEM careers. However, research suggests that women are still being mentored less often than their male colleagues, which could have a detrimental effect on women’s career development and growth."1 As such, Women & Hi Tech has strategically partnered with Pass the Torch for Women Foundation to ensure that all of our members interested in being a mentor have such an opportunity.
Pass the Torch for Women Foundation (PTTFW) is a national non-profit mentoring program, originating in 2011 from an Indianapolis-based organization (i.e., Mentoring Women’s Network), and formally launched in 2014. In partnering with Pass the Torch for Women Foundation, Women & Hi Tech is pleased to provide opportunities for mentorship, including mentoring certification programs, networking, and leadership training to its members through three key programs:
* Project Grow – Female college students receive mentoring and leadership development opportunities to keep them on their path of completing their education goals and to propel them in their careers post-graduation.
* Developing Professionals –Professional women in entry to mid-levels of their career are paired with an executive mentor while also serving as a mentor to a student, with additional opportunities for networking and sharing best practices with others in the community.
* 500 Circle – Senior female and male leaders and executives serve as mentors in both the Project Grow and Developing Professionals programs, connect with other executives to share best practices, participate in peer mentoring, and support Pass the Torch for Women Foundation through programming initiatives and tax-deductible contributions.
Notably, Women & Hi Tech is very proud to recognize the CEO of Pass the Torch for Women Foundation, Deb Hallberg, as a long-time board member & current Emeritus member of Women & Hi Tech. To sign up to become a mentor/mentee or to learn more about Pass the Torch for Women Foundation, please go to: http://passthetorchforwomen.org/contact-us
Note: Members of Women & Hi Tech should be sure to mention they are members of our organization when reaching out to Pass the Torch for Women Foundation.
1 Maria Carolina Saffie Robertson. "It’s not you, it’s me: An exploration of mentoring for women in STEM", Academy of Management Proceedings, August 1, 2019, Vol. 2019, No.1. https://journals.aom.org/doi/10.5465/AMBPP.2019.18872abstract