MENTOR PROGRAM

What could your career accomplish if you had personalized insights from someone who's been through it all before?

Mentors move the needle for you & your career in very tangible ways.

Whether you're just starting out in your career or well into making six figures, mentoring will change the way you see your career, yourself, and your future. There will be more possibilities. More certainty. And so much more ongoing encouragement.

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You need personalized 1:1 advice
From someone with a proven track record because you need first-hand insights & tailored support.

You need someone to be accountable to
Because it’s hard to be your own motivator all the time. Feeling responsible to someone helps.

You need more connections & community
Because success is directly correlated to the relationships you earn & keep and you know that. 

You need a champion & fierce supporter
So you can feel confident and empowered taking your next steps in business. 

You need first hand, real-world insights 
So you can learn from other people’s mistakes & avoid wasting important resources -- like time & money. 

You need someone to bounce ideas off of
Because it’s hard to be objective about your own business & you could use an outside perspective.

About the Mentor Program

COMMITMENT:

1 hour per month, for 12 months

The Latina Professionals of Chattanooga Mentor Program was started with a desire to connect Latina women with the guidance, knowledge, and community they’ll need to thrive in their career journey. Since the program’s inception, we’ve paired an average of 10+ women per year with mentors all across the Chattanooga area and the Southeast. 

THE PROCESS:

Step 1. Sign Up

Using our online form, you can share your career details, goals, and challenges so we can thoughtfully pair you with an ideal mentor to support you in your career journey. To cover the cost of administering the program, we would appreciate a donation of $25.00.

Step 2. Matches offered

With the information you provide, we’ll be able to narrow down the field of potential matches -- based on your goals, values, personality, and individual preferences -- and will present you with 3 Mentors who are well suited to helping you take your career to the next level.

 

Step 3. Review matches

You can then review your options -- learning more about who each Mentor is & what they have to offer -- and rank your choices. Your Mentor selections will be notified in order of choice so they can review your profile & accept the pairing if they feel it’s a good fit.

 

Step 4. Meet your Mentor!

Once paired, you can start scheduling your meetings with your mentor via email. We will provide resources and support to guide you through the process, step-by-step.

Step 5. Mentorship begins 

Over the course of the next 12 months, you’ll meet with your mentor for 1 hour per month - at a mutually agreeable time - providing an agenda for the conversation, offering progress updates, and leading the relationship by setting out clear goals and desired outcomes.

Step 6. Option to renew

At the end of the 12 months, you have the option, should you need it, to ask your mentor to extend your working relationship for an agreeable time. 

 

Step 7. Congrats! You're done!

Congratulate yourself! Reaching out and asking for help to take your career to the next level is smart, but also takes courage.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHO IS THE MENTOR PROGRAM FOR?

It’s open to every Latina woman who would benefit from the guidance or support of someone who has been ‘through it all’ before. Whether you’re just starting in your career or are a professional in your industry, you will benefit from mentorship.

The program is also for professionals and entrepreneurs from any industry and at any level who want to give back and support Latina women on their career journey by offering mentorship and support. Find out about becoming a mentor here.

HOW DO I BECOME A MENTOR?

We’re always looking for new mentors! Learn more about becoming a Mentor now.

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

Both mentors and mentees must commit to meeting virtually or in-person for 1 hour a month, over the course of 12 months. The 12 months start once you are paired.

Additionally, mentees are expected to take charge of organizing and leading the relationship – booking meetings up to 2-3 months ahead of time, providing agendas, progress updates, and items necessary for review, and creating clear objectives for your time together.

Outside of meetings, mentors are expected to allow time to facilitate the meetings and review any relevant materials to show up prepared to support their mentee.

HOW IS THIS MENTOR PROGRAM DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS?

We thoughtfully curate every pairing based on needs, goals, values & personality. Because when you’re able to gain insights from someone who has direct experience & who understands exactly where you’re coming from because they’ve actually been there before – the payoff is significant and long-lasting.

HOW LONG DOES THE PAIRING PROCESS TAKE?

For Mentees, your top 5 Mentor pairings will be available to you immediately after completing your registration & provide us with details about what kind of support you’re looking for. You can then submit your top Mentor choices, and we’ll contact them in the order you specified until a match is made.

For Mentors, once you register you will remain in our pool of available Mentors until a suitable match comes along. This could be as early as a few weeks or as long as a year. If, at any time, your availability changes, please just let us know.

ONCE PAIRED, WHAT DO I DO?

We will provide you with tons of great resources you can use to guide you through the process. The in-depth guides, videos, and suggested session agendas are all designed to help you feel comfortable and prepared and feedback forms are there to make scheduling your meetings & getting feedback infinitely easier.

WHAT IF MY PAIRING ISN'T A GOOD FIT?

We select pairings based on needs, goals, values & personality, but it’s still possible that after your first meeting it won’t feel like a perfect match. If you find this is the case, please contact us by email right away. We can discuss what you feel isn’t working and potentially re-pair you within the first 2 months of the program.

WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?

If you’ve signed up for the Mentor Program and a suitable mentor isn’t found within 2 months (or a special arrangement hasn’t been already made with Latina Professionals of Chattanooga) your donation cannot be refunded but will be used to continue to fund this program.

If you find you are suddenly unable to continue your relationship with your Mentor, please notify us in the first 2 months.

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