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We’re Back At It Again

By Deborah Sgro, Women in Big Data Mentoring Director

After providing mentoring services for over 200 participants this spring and summer, Women in Big Data is back at it again.  Here’s a brief summary of the autumn 2022 program line-up.

Emerging Technologists returns after a successful summer session. Focusing on people with two or fewer years professional technology experience, this 12-week virtual program offers 1:1 mentoring for those fresh out of school, in their first technology job,  or pivoting from another field into either Data Science or Computing Technology.

 Gayatri continues with its six-month mentoring engagement. Thanks goes to Himashinee Venkatesh and Sowmya Moni from the Women in Big Data India Chapter for leading the effort to aspire women by associating them with current leaders in the tech field.  This 1:1 mentoring program focuses on career advancement and skill development.

Getting From Here To There returns with a new focus. This 12-week peer-mentoring program, which starts its fourth cohort in September, was redesigned for participants with 10+ years of technology experience. It is an ideal program for those who already manage technology teams and aspire to more senior technical management positions. Erika Lunceford and Deborah Sgro, from the Women in Big Data Bay Area Chapter, facilitate this career strategy based program.

Mentor in Tech International, offered by the EMEA region of Women in Big Data, starts its second cohort in October through the efforts of Elena Fedotova, Marina Alekseeva, and Olga Kasatkina. This 12-week program provides mentoring services that help women gain new skills, navigate transitions, and/or advance an existing technology career. Using a 1:1 virtual format, participants can choose mentoring for technical, business, leadership, and career skill development.

Shakti, also offered by the Women in Big Data India Chapter, continues its six-month engagement. The goal of this program is to assist women returning to a data career after an employment break. Through a 1:1 mentoring relationship, support is provided for technical, interpersonal, and career-related skill acquisition. The program is managed by Srinthi Srinivasan and Sowmya Moni.

Find out more about these programs on the Women In Big Data Mentoring website, where you’ll find program descriptions and registration information. Explore the opportunities as either a mentee, a mentor, or both.

Chapter and regional leaders are welcome to contact mentoring@womeninbigdata.org if you have an idea for a mentoring program. A Mentoring Admin will partner you through the program design, creation, execution, and management.

Special thanks to Lydia Tellgren and Elaine Kwok for creating the social media promotional material for this initiative, and to Arjun Malakar for producing and maintaining the mentoring website.

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