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Advancing Women in Tech’s mentorship programs bridge the DE&I gaps in tech leadership by supporting the career development and acceleration of individuals with underrepresented identities in tech.

We offer two distinct mentorship programs

To support the leadership development and retention of new-managers as they transition from being an individual contributor.

A program to prepare experienced senior managers for executive leadership roles in product and engineering.

“Underrepresented women and minorities in tech face an uphill battle, which makes asking for guidance and help challenging. While many initiatives focus on bridging the gender gap for entry-level positions, very few dedicate themselves to solving the gap that exists among senior leadership roles. With our NextGen Executive Mentorship Programs, AWIT aims to accelerate high-potential underrepresented leaders in their executive careers.”

- Nancy Wang, Founder of AWIT and General Manager of Data Protection Services @ AWS

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CASE STUDY

Advancing Women in Technology (AWIT) Completes First Successful Executive Mentorship Program with MongoDB

 

On October 5, 2021, AWIT announced the completion of the industry’s first executives-only 1:1 mentorship program, NextGen Execs Mentorship, with MongoDB, the leading, modern general-purpose database platform. The 3-month program combined 1-on-1 mentorship with a senior executive workshop series to guide and train underrepresented, mid-career women technology leaders to advance their executive careers.

Participants were nominated by MongoDB leaders and were assigned mentors for private 1-on-1 check-ins to receive personal advice and counsel. Discussion guides were provided for topics, including finding their unique leadership style, navigating conflicts, and creating a culture for diversity. Participants also took part in regular, cohort-wide Executive Fireside Chat series, hearing from industry leaders such as:

  • Wayne Duso, Vice President of Engineering at AWS;
  • Tatyana Mamut, Senior Vice President of Pendo.io;
  • Kimberly Ellison Taylor, Former Oracle Financial Technology Leader & First Black Woman President of the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants);
  • Hope Cochran, Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group
 
 

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