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WIA MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

The WIA Mentorship Program connects people of underrepresented gender identities* at all professional levels to dedicated mentors who can help them achieve the next steps in their careers.

Since its launch in 2015, the WIA Mentorship Program has matched over 3,000 women, nonbinary, and transgender creatives with veteran industry professionals to bolster careers and confidence. By providing high-quality, consistent learning opportunities and tools for members to advance their overall careers, WIA is actively tearing down the barriers faced by creatives of underrepresented gender identities within the industry.

The WIA Mentorship Program participants represent countries from all over the world — from Peru to Germany to South Africa — creating a truly global community of creatives and professionals.

PROGRAM CALENDAR

SPRING 2023 MENTOR CIRCLES
CURRENTLY IN SESSION


FALL 2023 MENTOR CIRCLES
APPLICATIONS OPEN AUGUST 2, 2023

BECOME A MENTOR

Are you interested in using your talent and experience to make a difference and help us move the needle closer to 50/50 by 2025? Become a mentor and make a difference. 

Email us at [email protected] and we’ll send you information!

MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Virtual
As part of WIA’s mission of dismantling roadblocks encountered by people of underrepresented gender identities in our industries, the WIA Mentorship program is presented in a virtual format to connect more creatives from more corners of the world.

Small Circles
WIA Circles are typically composed of one mentor working with a cohort of six to 10 mentees to ensure a more personalized, directly connected experience.

Duration
There are two Mentorship Program sessions per year — Spring and Fall — and each session lasts four months.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Our updated website and member portal will include an updated mentorship applications process for the Fall 2023 round. 

Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the Fall 2023 session coming in late August.

CASE STUDIES

We’ve turned the spotlight on a diverse group of mentors and mentees through our mentorship case studies, delving into the goals and outcomes for each pair.

* WIA recognizes gender is non-binary and intersects with every other aspect of identity. As an organization that advocates for gender justice, we identify people of underrepresented gender identities as women, including transgender women who are people who identify as women despite their gender assigned at birth, non-binary people, those who do not identify as exclusively male or female but may identify as both, neither, or some combination of the two, and those who are otherwise marginalized because of their gender identity.

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By signing the pledge you pledge to support WIA’s mission of bringing together the global animation community to empower and advocate for people of underrepresented gender identities in the art, technology, production, and business of animation, inspiring excellence and justice in all facets of the industry.

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