Mentor Circles Overview

Mentor Circles are a collaborative learning relationship between one Mentor and up to 8 Mentees.  The goal is to give mentees a deeper understanding of the animation business, how to work successfully in the business and to build a strong community of their peers. This program will provide perspective, insights, resources and guidance as they explore the industry.

Circles will meet 6 times over the 8 months (October- May). Every circle will be unique allowing mentors flexibility in designing the topics each month. You will learn from your mentor and other guest speakers, share your own expertise and learn from your peers in the circle. The hope is that you will build strong relationships with your peers in the circle that will continue long after the program is over.


  • Must be an Active WIA Member
  • Must be based in the location applying to
  • Not currently participating in another WIA mentor program




Applications Are Closed


Step 1:  Locations are finalized and announced – Late-August

Step 2:  Mentees apply based on location – Late-August

Step 3:  Mentors select their groups- mid-September

Step 4:  Mentees are notified and attend a kickoff webinar – Oct 7 or Oct 8

Step 5:  Circle meetings begin – October – May (6 meetings)


Gain deeper understanding of the business

Learn about roles and career options within animation

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

Comments from Mentees:

“I left the circle feeling like I had learned a lot and that I had cultivated new skills and outlooks on the industry. That, and I left with a stronger network of likeminded women.”

“Everyone was extremely helpful. It was nice to be in a group full of people of different skill sets and backgrounds. I routinely had things brought to my attention that I would have never thought about with my limited experience.”

“All of the members including the leader offered great support, both during the meeting and even outside of them. They were always available to help, and I look forward to keeping in contact. “

“I feel super encouraged to branch out and DO. Anything is possible!”

“I am usually a shy person that has trouble speaking up, but this group fostered a very safe and collaborative atmosphere.”


Comments from Mentors:

“I saw a lot of them come out of their shell and grow confidence throughout the group.”

“I was really impressed with all of them. I loved the fact that our group was so diverse, and everyone not only got along but really bonded.  It was truly a wonderful experience.”

“It is a very successful way to mentor.”