AHF’s Fellowship Circle is a 10-week by-application program for self-identifying Black, Indigenous and women of colour (BIWOC) — a tailored and curated experience providing small group mentorship circles, career learning labs, fireside chats, and networking with managers and leaders from business and STEM sectors.
Redefining Mentorship as a Pathway to Allyship and Partnership:
We believe in a strengths-based, reciprocal approach to mentorship. Traditional approaches tend to be hierarchical and top down. We believe that our Fellows and Mentors bring valuable contributions and perspectives where both can benefit and learn. Through equal partnership and a learning mindset, this approach focuses on the whole person and promotes respecting unique lived experiences.
This experience is an opportunity for personal growth and the role each of us can play in systemic change with and for BIWOC. Whether to set and commit to learning goals as a Mentor or work on our mindset, behaviours and competencies as equitable leaders and active allies to one another extend beyond the program.
Together we are building a community with and for self-identifying Black, Indigenous and women of colour to ensure our full participation and leadership at all levels in business and STEM.
Important Dates for Winter Cohort:
- Applications open: October 15, 2021
- Applications close: Ongoing basis until spots filled
- Selected Mentors informed: Ongoing basis until spots filled
- Fellowship Circle Winter Cohort: January 20 – March 24, 2022
Consider getting involved as a mentor if:
- You self-identify as a Black woman, Indigenous woman, or other woman of colour (i.e. Arab, East Asian, Latina, Middle Eastern/North African, Pacific Islander, South Asian, South-East Asian, West Asian); or
- You self-identity as a white woman committed to continuous learning and taking consistent allyship action
- You are a manager or leader in Canada with a minimum of 5 years of experience in business or STEM
- You commit to participating in a minimum of six weeks of the program
- You are committed to fostering trust and reciprocal mentoring relationships in Group Mentorship Circles
- You are invested facilitating inclusive conversations, listening, learning and gaining unique insights from Fellows and other Mentors
- You commit to using your social capital to advance our Fellows as future leaders in business and STEM
- You wish to evolve and grow as an equitable leader and changemaker
- You wish to grow your professional network and community
How it Works
Why get involved?
We believe Canada is filled with ambitious and talented self-identifying Black, Indigenous and women of colour (BIWOC) who have the power to advance their careers when given the resources, tools, mentorship, active allyship and community, committed to their success.
BIWOC starting out in their careers don’t always see themselves represented meaningfully or participating fully in leadership positions at all levels. This lack of representation and access makes it harder to see the possibilities at a pivotal time in their lives.
What’s more, AHF has connected with more than 200 early-career BIWOC to better understand their career development and workplace experiences. The results were eye-opening. We heard themes such as lack of meaningful access to role models, influential networks, mentors and active allies committed to their success. We also heard the need for developing their networks and access a full range of opportunities out there. Some are already in need of strategies for how best to navigate workplace experiences unique to BIWOC.
This program is not about about optics. This program is about meaningful impact and change. What are you waiting for?
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