Mentor Circles are a collaborative learning relationship between one Mentor and 6-10 Mentees. The goal is to give mentees a deeper and broader understanding of the animation industry AND build a strong community of peers across multiple workplaces and locations. In light of COVID-19, the program may also address coping skills and other issues that have arisen.


  • Gain a deeper understanding of the business or a craft
  • Learn about roles and career options within animation
  • Develop coping skills amid changes to the industry and how we work
  • Build strong relationships among mentees to continue after the program is over
  • Create a confidential group for sharing challenges
  • Build strong connections between mentees and leaders in the industry
  • Grow each other’s network through your connections

Circles will meet virtually for 2-4 hours each month – July – October. Every circle will be unique allowing the mentors flexibility in designing the topics each month.  You may learn from your mentor and other guest speakers, share your own expertise and learn from your peers in the circle.  Our hope is that you will build strong relationships with your peers in the circle that will continue long after the program is over.

Everywhere – it’s virtual!

Any WIA member who has not participated in Circles before. Students in their final year of school are eligible to apply as well.

Applications will be open for a week in early June– actual dates will be posted soon.

Each mentee may apply to one circle. Once we have reached the maximum applicants for that circle it will be closed and no more applications will be accepted. Mentees can apply for another circle at that point as long as there is an opening.

Each mentor will determine how many mentees they will select for their circle. Typically it’s 6-10 people.

The mentors will select their mentees based on the mentee applications and who they think will be the best fit for their program. Be sure to consider the circle’s meeting time when you apply as it may not be based in your time zone.

We want to set reasonable expectations with the mentees about being selected (ie not making the pool of candidates too large for each circle) and not put too much burden on our mentors who are reading the applications and selecting mentees.

Our goal is to give each applicant an equal chance of being selected, to make sure each applicant has good chance of being selected, to give the mentors a large enough pool so they have some choice and not to make the candidate pool so large so that it makes the selection process too time consuming.  For all of these reasons we have decided to limit applicants to one circle and limit the number of applicants per circle.

Yes, anyone can apply, although with students we are asking that you are in your final year of school.