Members of DAA's Women in Analytics community strongly advocated for a mentoring program and worked together to determine what a program would look like. Special thanks to Karen Ullman of Microsoft for working on the original outline of the program, as well as to a task force of WiA volunteers, Tim Wilson, Emily Kubic, Nicole Leite, and Elizabeth Eckels, who developed a successful pilot program in 2017 and have worked hard to bring you this mentoring program.
The Women in Analytics Mentoring Program reflects DAA's commitment to members and the professional development of women in analytics. The program is open to members only.
The purpose of this program is to assist mentees in improving upon professional skills over time with an end goal of advancing their careers. It is not a consulting program or solely a networking tool. This unique career development resource will help you find others with relevant needs, share your expertise, and connect on a deeper level. Your mentor or mentee can be in the same city or on the other side of the world. At this time, the mentoring program is open only for women to enroll as mentees to honor the Women in Analytics community - men are welcomed as mentor volunteers. Enroll in the WiA Mentoring Program in four simple steps:
Complete your profile. Make sure your contact information is up to date, add a recent professional profile picture, expand on your bio, and import your education and job history information from LinkedIn. The bio on your member profile will be the same across your mentor and/or mentee profiles. Profile ready? Move on to step 2!
Would you like to participate as a mentor or mentee? Did you know you can sign up for both roles at the same time? Click below to enroll now:
Make selections for each of the demographics to set your preferences. Demographics include: gender, career stage, start/end date you are able to participate in the program, etc. All sections must be filled out. You can update this information at any time. In order to begin a mentoring relationship you must first complete enrollment.
Use the Mentoring Program Directory to search for a partner. Select the specific demographics, such as primary type of business and area of expertise, that match your needs, including:
- Academia; Agency; Consultancy
- Organizational relationship navigation and management; Managing work/life balance
- Analytics; Implementation; Leadership
- And more!
Congratulations! You're all set. You completed steps 1-3 and are now ready for the best part: Let the mentoring begin! Do one search or multiple searches using the Mentoring Program Directory to find your best match. Mentees, please only work with one mentor at a time and feel free to participate as a mentee as many times as you want.
From the search results, click on the member's name that you're interested in establishing a connection with to view their profile. Check out their bio and history. If you think they would be a good match, click the Send Mentor/Mentee Request button under their profile picture (shown below). This button allows you to officially request a connection and include more detail about your goals in the program. If you don't want to request a connection with this person, simply click the back button to return to your previous search results and peruse other profiles. Please note that mentees are expected to drive the relationship by scheduling meetings, setting the agenda each time, and having clear goals to work through with the mentor.
Take advantage of these resources to have a successful relationship:
- Learn more about the program from the FAQs.
- Use the mentoring resources to start your relationship off right and get the most benefit from this program. These will help with goal setting and scheduling meetings.
- Review current or click to complete mentoring relationships in your mentor or mentee profile after at least six months of meeting.
Earn CWA professional development units for participating! More information on how to earn PDUs and what activities are eligible can be found here.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about this program.