As a part of WIA’s goal to foster leadership and encourage women to achieve their professional goals, we are proud to offer the WIA Mentorship Program.

WIA’s Mentorship Program is focused on providing both Skill Based Mentoring for Mentees looking to learn about a specific issue or develop a particular skill, and

Professional Development for Mentees seeking overall professional growth.

OUR PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO:

  • Empower, educate and support mentees by increasing their access to information through relationships with knowledgeable mentors.
  • Encourage strong connections between individuals.
  • Inspire excellence through the examples set by mentors who are established animation professionals.

The program is open to WIA’s professional members working in the animation industry and based in the greater Los Angeles area (though a limited number of remote mentoring opportunities may be available).

Mentorship participants are selected and paired by the mentorship committee (a majority of whom have previously participated in the program as either mentors or mentees).

PROGRAM & APPLICATION DATES

The Fall 2017 mentorship program is slated to begin October 2017 and run through May 2018.

This year’s application period opens August 13, 2017 and closes September 10, 2017.

Applications for mentee and mentor candidates will be available online HERE.

ATTEND A MENTORSHIP PANEL

As part of the application for WIA’s Fall 2017 Mentorship Program, each applicant must include a “Mission Statement” outlining her goals and objectives for the seven-month program.

To help applicants effectively define and communicate their mentorship goals, WIA is offering a panel specifically geared toward short term goal setting: “Defining Your (short term) Mission”.

Check the WIA Program Calendar for dates and locations.

COMPLETE THE APPLICATION ONLINE

APPLICATION PERIOD OPEN AUGUST 13th

The Fall 2017 mentorship program application period opens on August 13, 2017.  Please return to this page on the opening date and fill out an application.  Applications will be accepted through September 10, 2017.  Thank you!

QUOTES FROM PAST MENTORS & MENTEES

“Thank you so much for creating this program. It’s an honor to help grow great talent and to, in turn, be so inspired by their creativity, fresh insights and friendships!” –  Rita S., Mentor

“Many young artists, especially young women, are shy, introverted, or hesitant to say they are deserving. I want to change that mind set as early as possible!” –  Ashley L., Mentor

“When I was an assistant and coordinator, I so appreciated seeing examples of how I might be able to shape my career; I would love to be that for a young woman at the beginning of hers.”  – Nicole R., Mentor

“I am a mom so career/life balance is a big deal for us. I would like to encourage women that they can have a family and not have to leave their jobs if that is their choice.  Most of all, it is hugely important that women are given the confidence and support to be courageous and not quit the field.”  – Kat G., Mentor

“I feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon this group that actually accepts writers in the mentorship program.”  – Kelly L., Mentee

“Everyone had inspiration to share.  Mentorship is clearly a community.”  – Michele J., Mentee

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