Guidelines for BAWiP Mentorships

2020 Pilot Program

“Bottom line, a mentor is simply someone who helps someone else learn something that would have otherwise been learned less well, more slowly, or not at all. Notice the power-free nature of this definition; mentors are not power figures.” —Managers as Mentors

Purpose of the Program: 
BAWiP’s Pilot Mentorship Program is intended to advance our mission of introducing inspirational colleagues to one another in the Bay Area and to build a mutually supportive professional network for women at all stages of their careers. Research has shown that having a mentor is one of the most impactful levers in women’s careers. Our hope is that BAWiP mentors will provide mentees valuable guidance and make a positive impact on their professional advancement.

This initial pilot will last for six months. We will commence the program with no more than 10 pairs. All others who request a mentor or mentee will be placed on a waiting list.




  • Mentors:
    We are looking for mentors who have at least three years of professional experience in publishing, or in a related field. Mentors should have the time and commitment to meet monthly with their mentees and should be willing to share their professional connections and other resources.

  • Mentees:
    We are looking for mentees who are eager to learn, are willing to take responsibility for scheduling appointments, and who can commit to monthly meetings with their mentors.

  • Mentors & Mentees:
    All participants commit to providing regular feedback as solicited. At the end of the pilot, mentors and mentees will participate in a formal evaluation to help us celebrate our successes and identify opportunities for improvement as we scale up the program.



BAWiP will provide a 1-hour group training for both mentors and mentees. The training will cover both the program philosophy and program expectations.


What to Expect:

  • Meet virtually or in person (as health and safety guidelines allow) for at least one hour per month.

  • Begin the relationship by setting mutual expectations.

  • Mentee sets goals for the engagement.

  • Total confidentiality, both ways.

  • No money, no problem: If meeting in person, be sensitive to differing budgets as individuals should pay their own way. Please, no gifts.

  • Mentors are encouraged to tap their professional networks on behalf of mentees, to help them broaden their own networks and experience.

  • Mentorship is about working with the whole person - it doesn’t have to be restricted to work-related concerns or tasks. Personal life impacts professional life as well!

  • Mentors should share information/assets that could be useful, such as articles, scholarship alerts, and professional development opportunities.

  • Mentors should practice cultural sensitivity; stay alert for potential biases and take care with your privilege.

  • Do not engage in a romantic or sexual relationship with your mentee/mentor.

  • Safer spaces policy

Best Practices:

  • Mentors should practice active listening, and listening without judgment.

  • Mentee sends mentor topics for discussion at least 24 hours before the monthly meeting.

  • Mentor and mentee confirm the appointment 24 hours before the scheduled time, and set the time for the next meeting at the end of each session.

  • Mentors are encouraged to be vulnerable to create a welcoming environment for the mentee to be authentic.


How BAWIP will Support You:

  • We will provide training for mentors and mentees.

  • Staff will check in with mentors and mentees on monthly basis

  • We will provide monthly conversation and/or task prompts to help guide the relationship.

  • We commit to listening to your needs. If you have any issues or concerns, contact us here:


Recommended Reading:

  • Managers as Mentors, Chip Bell and Marshall Goldsmith

  • How to Be an Inclusive Leader, Jennifer Brown

  • Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring, Lisa Fain and Lois Zachary


The deadline to apply for BAWiP’s Mentorship Program has passed. We are currently working to identify 10 pairings and hope to do so by the end of August, 2020. If you have been selected for the pilot program, we will inform you via email. If you have been placed on the waiting list, you will also be notified via email.