YWA Connect was created with one goal in mind: To connect women who are established community leaders and professionals with YWA Members to help empower the next generation of female leaders. Through this program, we aim to give both our Mentors and Mentees the resources needed to grow professionally and personally.
Founded in 2012, this exclusive program has grown from five initial Connect pairs to a total of more than 70 Mentors and Mentees last program year. Within the last two years, we’ve added a Mentorship Training Program, Mentor/Mentee networking events, and a YWA Facebook group to help YWA Connect participants to learn from one another.
If selected to participate in this program, YWA Connect participants can look forward to:
Meticulously selected mentor/mentee pairings, with criteria using inputs from 2020 – 2021 YWA Connect consultant Janice Omadeke, Owner of the Mentor Medthod.
- Access to a network of some of the most successful and prominent women in the Austin community.
- Ongoing professional development and leadership education
Monthly YWA Connect-branded networking events, including a YWA kick-off party and training workshop, Special Volunteer Events, Exclusive Connect Dinner Parties of 8, Invitations to our Speaker Series, a Mid-Year Networking event as well as a End-of-Year Wrap Party.
We would love for you to consider participating as a Mentor in YWA Connect this year. Applications close August 25, and you can find the application here. If you have any questions, please reach out to Senior YWA Connect chair, Heather Stout at ywaconnect@
In addition, if there is a woman in your network who you think would make an amazing mentor, please refer her to us via email or by completing the mentor nomination form so I can reach out. We plan to close applications on August 25, 2021.