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WIFT Connect

"We build our careers through our peers." – Deborah Osborne, 2016 WIFT-T Crystal Award Winner for Mentorship. Get matched 1-1 with a WIFT-T member through this exclusive mentoring program.

  • ‍Build your community and your confidence
  • Get more insight on a specific sector or role in the industry
  • Set career and personal development goals
  • Learn from your peers

Anyone who has built and sustained a long and thriving career never claims to have done it alone. They often speak of someone (a teacher, a boss, a peer) who not only saw their potential but also provided guidance and motivation. A village of supportive, tenacious, bold individuals—mentors—is a key asset to our growth as professionals. They bolster our confidence and resilience, and open us to new adventures. 

Through WIFT Connect, members of different experience levels will learn from, guide, and support each other through a series of focused one-on-one and group meet-ups over a six-month period. Read our handy FAQ for more details.

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“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” 

~Oprah Winfrey

2020-2021 Call for Applications (Mentees)

Opens: September 21, 2020

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Friday October 16, 2020 at 11:59 PM

Eligibility

Just one: you must be a WIFT-T member in good standing. Priority will be given to first-time applicants.

It's FREE to apply to this program!

This year, WIFT Toronto is proud to commit to assiging 50% of our Mentee positions to members of the Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Colour communities. 

2020 Application Process

Complete the online application (which includes submitting the following supporting documents):

  • Professional bio (150 words max.)
  • CV/resume (2 pages max.)
  • Letter of Intent (see the Registration page for information on what this letter must contain)

PLEASE NOTE: The number of mentee applicants we accept into the program will be based on the number of mentors we can provide. All mentor/mentee partnerships will be 1:1. If accepted, we cannot guarantee that you will be matched with one of your top three selections, though we will make every effort to do so. Priority will be given to first-time applicants. Only successful applicants will be contacted with next steps to advance in the program.

“My experience as a mentor in the 2017 WIFT Connect program was extremely rewarding.  I had the pleasure of working with a bright young woman and helping her think through the next steps in her career path.  Most enjoyable was her absolute commitment to think about our conversations, work on feedback, and evolve her approach.  Her passion for the industry was infectious.  Her drive to create her own path was inspiring.  And her perspective on challenges and opportunities challenged my own thinking.” 

~Cheryl Fullerton, 3x WIFT Connect Mentor and EVP, People & Communications, Corus Entertainment

Mentoring is a rewarding experience and an excellent way to shape the future of our industry. Here are some of the amazing benefits for you as a WIFT Connect mentor:

  • Give back to your community of women in the industry
  • Network and make new connections
  • Contribute to someone's personal growth and development
  • Guide someone as they set career/personal development goals
  • Be a part of knowledge transfer (not only top/down, but reciprocal and peer-to-peer learning)
  • Help to cultivate an ongoing mentorship mentality and environment

Our Mentors are some of the incredible people in our industry who have stepped forward to be your guides!

See the list for 2020 Mentors here.

Realize your full potential!
Realize your full potential!