One on One Mentoring Overview

Mentors share knowledge, skills, information and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of Women in Animation members.  The personalized nature of mentoring allows a mentee to steer the content of the discussion to issues and goals that are most relevant to them.

Mentor relationships can influence each partner to become their best and most vibrant animation self.

Mentee Application Period Closed

Due to the high volume of applications, mentee sign ups are now full. WIA is an all volunteer organization and given the huge response this week, we have quickly reached a threshold of what we can manage for One on One Mentorships this session. The next One on One Mentoring session will begin early in 2019.

Fortunately we will also launch Mentor Circles later this summer and Group Mentoring for students in the fall. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

We recognize the high demand for these programs and are planning to expand all offerings. Thank you for your interest.



STEP 1:  Mentors complete a signup form (SIGN UPS ARE CLOSED)

STEP 2:  Next, mentees also sign up online and select which mentor(s) are a good match.  Mentor pairings need not be geographically near one another.  Meeting remotely is fine.


STEP 3:  Mentors then choose a mentee from those who selected them.

STEP 4:  In June, the matches will be announced via email.

STEP 5:  In late June, an online webinar will explain the program and answer your questions.

STEP 6:  In July, the pairs begin meeting and commit to 2 hours per month – either 30 min/week or 60 min/biweekly.

STEP 7:  In August, pairs will define and report their initial goals.

STEP 8:  Mentees schedule and drive the mentoring process.

STEP 9:  The partnership lasts for 6 months.


A Confidential Partnership
The relationship is confined to two people and built upon trust. A safe environment to the mentee to discuss work-related issues and explore solutions to challenges.

Mentors are typically outside the mentee’s immediate team, and not in their reporting line.

Mentors can offer valuable insights and information when well matched.

Mentees drive the relationship and help set the direction to meet their development needs.

A Way to Build Community
Working together outside the work place introduces animation professionals across the board. It can foster more diversity by building a welcoming space where everyone belongs.


A job interview or a way to get a job, in either direction.

A shift of responsibility to the Mentor for the Mentee’s career path or success in the industry.

A permanent relationship. The formal mentorship has a start and end date.

A public resource. Confidentiality is expected in both directions