- The duration of the program is one year.
- Mentor and protégé pairings agree to meet at least once a month, with greater frequency if mutually convenient.
- Mentor and protégé will be notified of their acceptance in the program and of their matched partner. Applicants who cannot be accommodated for the Mentorship program will also be notified and encouraged to apply the following year.
- A kick-off event enhances networking opportunities for all mentors and proteges.
- WID-MI will sponsor various events throughout the program year. Designed for professional development, these events include time for pairs to discuss the topic and network with other mentors and proteges, and WID-MI members.
The ideal mentor applicant has at least 10 years active experience in the defense industry. The mentor should demonstrate leadership and communication skills. It is preferred that the mentor applicant has some previous experience in mentoring or teaching. She or he should value diversity.
Mentors do not need to be WID members, although preference will be given to those who are.
The ideal protégé candidate is one who has clear personal goals relating to the defense industry, and is open to constructive advice. The protégé should be willing to communicate openly, honestly, and respectfully. She or he should value diversity.
Proteges must be WID members.