Countless studies have shown diverse teams perform better and boost innovation. At a time, however, when competition to attract and retain diverse talent in technology is stronger than ever, it is even harder for organizations dedicated to diversity to find the right candidates.
As with all other aspects of business, we have found that companies who can build relationships with potential employees are at a serious competitive edge.
Our mission at Benson Consulting is to partner with organizations to increase the skill set of individuals to change the culture and support a more diverse workforce.
We create programs through partnerships with organizations. This program connects industry professionals to students and young professionals globally from diverse groups such as Women Who Code, SWE (Society of Women Engineers), NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) and SASE (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers). The program will be a five-month partnership that will run from January 2021 – May 2021 and provide the students the tools to connect and explore ideas around career development, negotiation, technology advancement and build their own personal network with women and men currently working in STEM fields. Mentoring undergraduates is an investment in the future of our industry and in the success of the future workforce.
January 2021 - May 2021
Mentors must submit application for matching by November 30, 2020.
Matches will be assigned and communicated by December 15, 2020.
Partnerships will launch with kickoff meeting in January 2021.
Partnerships will conclude on May 11, 2020.
Your program coordinators will check in twice a month to ensure the relationship is going well and will provide content/topics to guide conversations.
HOW TO APPLY
To be considered as an industry mentor for our upcoming program, please follow these steps:
Read the FAQs below on becoming a mentor and your time commitment.
Apply using the Apply Now button before the September 1 deadline. Allow approximately 10-15 minutes to complete the application (following the steps described below).
Watch your e-mail in October to see if you have been matched with a mentee!
BECOME A MENTOR
What you need to know
HOW MUCH TIME WILL I HAVE TO COMMIT AS A MENTOR?
Our expectation is that you will commit at least 1 hour every two weeks for seven months, and attend events listed below:
Kick-Off : 2 hours
Closing Ceremony: 2 hours
This is a minimum amount of time we believe you need to dedicate to the partnership with your mentee to be successful. You can certainly spend more time with your mentee and choose the best method of communication that works for you both when you are paired.
WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I'VE BEEN SELECTED AS A MENTOR?
Once we complete the matching process you will be notified via e-mail at the e-mail address you provided in your application. The notifications for matches will be sent out by December 15, 2020.
WHAT OTHER GUIDELINES SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT?
Submitted mentor applications do not guarantee participation
Applicants cannot be both a mentee and a mentor
WHAT IF I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
No worries! We are here to help. Shoot us a note and we would be happy to help you through the process!