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.
- 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).
The Fall 2016 mentorship program is slated to begin October 15, 2016 and run through May 15, 2017.
The application period for mentee and mentor candidates is August 15 – September 22, 2016.
You will be able to apply online on this page during that period.
APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED
The Fall 2016 mentorship application period is now closed. Selected mentees and mentors will be notified by November 19, 2016. Thanks to everyone who applied.
“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