QWN - Queen's Women's Network

QWN Mentorship Program

Program Information

The QWN Mentorship Program puts the mentee in the driver's seat. As a mentee, you are responsible for setting up meetings with your mentor, bringing topics or questions to discuss and following up as required. This program has been developed in partnership with Human Resources.

We have held three distinct mentorship programs, wherein 8-10 QWN members were paired with women staff members from Queen’s who are in more senior positions relative to the mentees.  The mentees’ decide what topics to discuss during the one-on-one time with their mentor.  Some guidance is provided regarding how to decide certain parameters for the mentorship relationship.  Examples of topics include: career pursuits, personal fulfillment pursuits, work/life balance, and how to handle difficult personalities.

Mentorship Timeline Commitment

The QWN Mentorship Program runs for 6 months from approximately April to September. During this time, you and your mentor will decide on the meeting structure that works best for you, meeting regularly within these 6 months with a commitment of approximately 1 hour per month. Please see below for an approximate timeline (subject to change):

January 2019 - Mentee Applications Due

End of February – Mentee Participation in Program confirmed

March – 1 hour lunch training for Mentees and mentor matches released

April – mentors and mentees begin meeting

August –  End of program Mentee meeting for feedback 



All information provided in your application is confidential and will not be used or shared outside of the purposes of providing you with a mentorship match. Matches are not publicized, only you and your mentor will be aware of the match. 

QWN Mentee Application Form (PDF, 22 KB)

"Unlike a teacher or even a coach who is focused on helping us learn and practice a particular set of skills, a mentor acts as a guide who helps us define and understand our own goals and pursue them successfully. 
Good mentoring therefore depends on a reciprocal learning relationship between you and your mentor. Together, you form a partnership to work collaboratively on achieving mutually defined goals that focus on developing your skills, abilities, knowledge and thinking." 
- "The Mentee's Guide - Marking Mentoring Work for You" by Lois J. Zachary with Lory A. Fischer