The founders determined that mentoring is essential to the success at every stage of a women’s career, both as mentee and as mentor. WiBD mentoring programs are open to WiBD members.
The WiBD Global Mentoring Initiative was designed with you, the mentors and mentees, in mind by supporting your efforts with quality mentoring software, materials, and Mentor Program Owners to assist throughout your entire participation.
Please see each mentoring program for mentor or mentee eligibility
Globally available virtual 1:1 mentoring program designed for mentees with 0-2 years of professional data science / computer science experience who are in college or recently graduated, pivoting from another field, or are in their first technology related job. Particular focus is given to areas such as Starting a New Career in Data Science or Computing Technology; Job Searching Skills or Career Advancement Strategy; Technical Skills (Data Science/Analytics, Software Engineering, Technical Project Management); Interpersonal Skills (Communication, Collaboration, Self-Advocacy); Business Skills (Business Analysis, Product Management)
Globally available virtual 1:1 mentoring program designed for mentees with 2+ years professional STEM industry/function experience looking to gain new skills, navigate transitions, and/or advance an existing technology career.
Particular focus is given to areas such as Leadership and Management; Technology Skills (Data Science, Analytics); Business Analytics; Product Management; Technology Project Management.
This mentoring program is especially designed for anyone who is planning to start or recently created an independent technology service-based business (e.g. code developer, data analysis, web developer, technology marketer, technology career coach, technology project manager, technology writer). Referred to as solopreneurs, this program will help new owners organize, manage and assume the risk of a private freelancing, consulting, or coaching business.
We will explore the advantages and disadvantages of working on your own and cover topics such as: identifying your product offering and customers base, registering your business, promotion, anticipating risks, handling obstacles. This program will not cover areas such as venture capital funding, hiring employees, or creating products.
“I always was intrigued by data and the analytics behind it. One day I discovered the Women in Big Data India Chapter and attended the Gayatri program launch. They matched me with a great mentor- a person who wants to inspire the best in you to come out. She instilled a sense of curiosity and opportunity in every data point I see.” - Gayatri Program
“After many attempts to find insights from a wide variety of webinars, courses, and training, I realized I wanted to find a mentor. Your program is like a gift of fate. I could not have met my mentor without this program. So, dear organizers, you do wonders. Thank you.” - Mentor in Tech
“In addition to accountability, the WiBD Peer Mentoring group provided me with practical guidelines I could follow to accomplish my goal. These can probably be found online, but I benefited from being guided through them by our facilitators. Our twice-monthly meetings allowed me the opportunity to get to know other women on different paths in the data domain, and connect with them wherever in the world they were located. I even participated with several in a separate use-case project”. - Participant in Getting From Here To There Program
“I took part in the Emerging Technologists program during my career transition from business owner and researcher in sociology to data scientist. My mentor was highly attentive and supportive. She gave me an interesting external point of view and open feedback. The regular meetings were an additional motivation to structure my plans and set up deadlines for myself. I highly recommend you to take part in the program.”.
- Participant in Emerging Technologists program
"I deeply appreciate the opportunity to have had such a dedicated and knowledgeable mentor. Her support during a challenging period was instrumental, and I believe her mentorship has left a lasting positive impact on my journey."
- Summer Mentoring