The Mentoring Program

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One of the most important objectives of Northeast Women in Public Finance is to provide support and encouragement to women who are new to the field of public finance or who are looking for career advice. The Board’s Mentoring Committee was one of its original governing committees, and a formal mentoring program was established in 2008. The success of the program, which now has approximately 60 mentoring pairs actively involved, is attributable to the core principle of the program:

Mentor/mentee relationships require time and work by both parties in order to be successful because trust develops as the mentor and mentee get to know each other better.

Goals of the NEWPF Mentoring Program:

  1. Provide resources for junior women in the public finance industry.

  2. Support learning as well as career and personal development.

  3. Build supportive relationships.

How to Become a Mentor/Mentee:

  • Mentors and mentees must be active members of NEWPF. To join NEWPF, visit HERE.

  • Mentors typically have at least seven years in the industry.

  • Mentees typically have less than seven years in the industry.

  • Final matches are determined by the mentoring committee and will be confirmed via email.

  • The mentee should contact the mentor to arrange the first contact to discuss the topics below considered key success factors. Initial and ongoing contact can be in the form most convenient to the pairing - e.g., in person, via email, via internet, via text or via telephone.

Key Success Factors:

  • Discuss and agree on mutual expectations and goals at the first meeting.

  • Agree to a regular meeting schedule.

  • If a meeting has to be canceled, reschedule it right away. You need to make a commitment to the partnership and you need to meet regularly.

  • Recognize that your partnership will take time and work.

  • Have an understanding of how best to communicate in between meetings (i.e., phone, email or text messaging).

  • The mentee should set the agenda for each meeting and both parties should stay focused on it.

  • Meeting in person outside the formal meetings may improve the relationship. In addition, arranging "joint" meetings with another mentor/mentee pair may deepen the overall relationship.

  • You need to get to know each other and develop trust.

  • The relationship and topics discussed between the mentor and the mentee should be kept confidential. 

Members of NEWPF are eligible to become a mentor or a mentee. Join NEWPF today and indicate your interest.