Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal of the program?


The Marist Professional Women’s Mentor Program (MPWMP) seeks to develop a system of mentorship opportunities in which more experienced professionals provide guidance, wisdom and inspiration to female administrators for the purpose of ongoing professional development.


How does this program work?


Immediately following a yearly information session/luncheon, applications will be solicited for mentors and mentees. All applications will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee, and appropriate pairs will be suggested. Once the pairs are finalized, both parties will attend a training session in which roles and guidelines will be clarified. The mentor/mentee pairs are expected to meet at least monthly over the course of a year and will be regularly encouraged to provide feedback on their experiences. At the end of the year, the MPWMP Advisory Committee will evaluate the program through participant feedback and make improvements as appropriate.


What is the program’s timeline and process?

The program will kick off with an annual luncheon and information session later this fall. This session will provide attendees with information on the importance and benefits of mentoring, as well as details of how the mentoring program works.

Interested parties can visit the MPWMP Web site at to fill out a mentor or mentee application. Information submitted on the applications is confidential and will help the Advisory Committee facilitate the most effective pairings. 

How do you define a mentor?


A mentor is an experienced and knowledgeable individual who helps another person set and achieve specific professional goals by sharing the wisdom of past experiences to guide career development.


What is a mentee?

A mentee is an individual who seeks the knowledge and guidance of an experienced professional to aid in goal setting, problem solving, and career development.


Should I sign up to be a mentor or a mentee?


Depending on where you are in your career, you could be both. You might have expertise and advice to share with a less experienced person, yet you might still feel that you need a mentor to help you move to the next level professionally. If you are unsure, please feel free to contact a member of the Advisory Committee for further assistance. Additionally, you are always encouraged to apply for both!


How often do I need to meet with my mentor/mentee?

Mentor/mentee pairs must commit to spending at least one hour a month in face-to-face meetings throughout the course of the year. Further interaction and communication through any method is encouraged but not required.


What if I’m not comfortable with my mentor/mentee?


The information provided on the applications should lead to an appropriate and beneficial relationship. However, if you feel that your partnership is not working out as hoped, please contact a member of the Advisory Committee and we will attempt to quickly reassign you.


What if I’m not initially assigned a mentor/mentee?


The capacity of this program is determined by the number of female administrators who wish to act as mentors and mentees. This means that we might not initially be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to participate. If you are not initially selected, you can expect to be partnered with a mentor/mentee when the next program cycle occurs.

Am I eligible for this program?

At this time, all female administrators are eligible for participation and encouraged to apply for the program.