BAWiP’s pilot program launched in September, 2020 and will run through March, 2021. To meet our inaugural mentors and mentees, click here.

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