Set your new female producers and agents up for success! Encourage them to apply for the next Mentorship session. As a mentee, members learn from someone who has been in their shoes and has a proven track record. Did you know? 
    90% of mentees in a formal study reported acquiring new knowledge from their mentors*
    91% reported being better prepared for a promotion*
    75% documented increased productivity*

Mentees Experience

  • Unparalleled career development opportunities
  • The value of learning from veterans in the industry
  • Accelerated professional growth

Experienced agents, producers and managers have the opportunity to strengthen their leadership and coaching skills as a mentor. This a remarkable opportunity to facilitate the personal and professional growth of a fellow WIFS member by sharing knowledge and experiences. Mentors contribute to the advancement of women in the industry and create a lasting impact on their mentees. A commitment of just 15 hours over the course of 5 months is all that’s required for this truly rewarding experience.

Mentors Experience

  • Giving back to the industry that has given to them
  • Sharpening their own skills
  • Leadership development

Mentorship ignites the sharing of valuable expertise, practical experience and it's a FREE benefit of WIFS membership! Promote the value of this tremendous career development opportunity.

Sessions

The Mentorship Program operates 2 sessions annually:

Power Start session runs from January to May. Session application is open from October 1st to November 1st. Mentoring pairs will be provided with match information by December 18th.

Finish Strong session runs from July to November. Session application is open from April 1st to May 5th. Mentoring pairs will be provided with match information by June 15th.

How to Apply

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 Power Start Session, which is limited to 30 participants.

Mentees: Apply online between October 1 - November 1. 

Mentors: Apply online at anytime. 

Important Power Start Dates

November 2: Mentee acceptance closes
December 18: Match information is released
January 9: Kick-off call at 2pm ET (Required for both mentors and mentees)

Power Start Monthly Meetings

Monthly group progress meetings will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of February, March, April and May. The purpose of the calls is to provide a forum for individuals serving in each role to come to together to share experiences, successes, challenges and best practices in an open format.

Mentees 12:00 ET via GoToMeeting
February 13
March 13
April 10
May 8

Call-in Details:
Join meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/882462877 
You can also dial in using your phone. United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679 United States: +1 (312) 757-3117 
Access Code: 882-462-877 
First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: https://care.citrixonline.com/g2m/getready

Mentors 12:00pm ET via GoToMeeting
February 13 (joint webinar with mentees)
April 10 (joint webinar with mentees)

Mentors 12:30pm ET via GoToMeeting

March 13
May 8

Call-in Details:
Join meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/882462877 
You can also dial in using your phone. United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679 United States: +1 (312) 757-3117 
Access Code: 882-462-877 
First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: https://care.citrixonline.com/g2m/getready

Testimonials 

Gail Linn shares her mentor program experience:

"After years of mentoring others in this business, I made a comment last fall at the WIFS Conference that I wish I could have a mentor as I never had one. And magically…through WIFS, I got one…Jill Pietrusinski! During our first call, Jill told me she had googled me to find out what information is online about me and my practice. And of course, she asked me about my area of expertise and what market I focus on, which is retirement planning. So the first very thing Jill got me to give attention to was the fact that my website did not tell anyone that retirement planning is my focus. It was an “ah-hah moment” and of course, has been corrected. My point here is that even though I may have a successful practice, there are things that can always be improved. Sometimes it takes someone from the outside looking in to point out what appears to be obvious but when you are so busy, you don’t have time to pay attention to. Jill is helping me focus on working on my business and not always in my business. Having a mentor helps me stay on track… it is someone that I hold myself accountable to and I look forward to speaking with monthly."

Karen Roberts shares her mentor program experience:

"My mentoring experience has gone above and beyond what I could have expected. My mentee has been so appreciative of the work we've done together. In the end she has helped me as much as I have helped her.  What an amazing woman I was partnered with! A huge thank you to WIFS for bringing the mentoring program to light. This has been and will continue to be a great relationship on both sides. Mentoring Rocks!"

Blanca Rodriguez had this to say about her mentee experience:

"After almost quitting this career because people would cancel on me, not pick up their phone and almost getting kicked out of someone's home, I started opening policies. My commission has been raised from 30-45%! My next goal is a commission from 45% to 62% while studying for the series exams. I can't thank my mentor, Karen, enough for the encouragement of not quitting and for maintaining the high energy to keep me going."

Pam Battle shares her experience with the WIFS Mentoring Program

"When I attended the Guardian Women's Summit in the summer of 2014, I was really in a place of needing something outside of my local agency, and I wanted the counsel of other women in this career. I was struggling with balance, with where to put my energy, and wanted fresh views and perspectives.  Being the only female producer in my local agency, I was hoping that other women in this career could inspire me.  I left the Guardian Women's Summit with knowledge and inspiration, and the opportunity to join WIFS and participate in the mentorship program thereafter. Tara Vanderperren Showalter was my mentor through WIFS. Tara was an amazing coach and sounding board. She listened, and gave me the gift of sharing her experiences, trials, errors and successes. She gave me practical advice that ranged from time management to business strategy ideas. I was new to a Sales Manager role at the time and was paired with Tara specifically because she is also in a management role with another company and understood my challenges. I felt I could also share my fears and ask her for an unbiased opinion on some things I was attempting to do for my business. So much of financial services relies on our being confident coaches to others... we all need to be coached as well. It was a wonderful experience. I truly value what Tara did for me at the time. It is more than she probably realizes."

*A Formal Mentorship Program by American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 2014.

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