Pay It Forward as a Mentor for Women in Business and STEM

AHF’s Fellowship Circle is a highly curated and tailored 10-week program, designed by and for Indigenous, Black and racialized women launching their careers in business and STEM. The program focuses on developing social capital and career readiness skills.
Applications to become a Mentor in the Fellowship Circle 2024 cohort are now closed. We thank everyone who applied. Sign up for our waitlist to get notified for upcoming programs.
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10-week Experience Curated for
Students and Recent Post-Secondary Graduates

As a Mentor in this holistic 10-week program, you will take part in small group mentorship circles with students and recent graduates from post-secondary looking to launch their careers in business and STEM.

Redefining Mentorship as a Pathway to Equity

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At AHF, we believe in a strengths-based, reciprocal approach to mentorship. Traditional mentorship approaches tend to be hierarchical and top down. Our Fellows and Mentors bring valuable contributions and perspectives where both can benefit and learn from one another. Through equal partnership, power sharing and a learning mindset, this approach focuses on the whole person and promotes respecting unique lived experiences.
As a Mentor you have an opportunity to develop your inclusive leadership competencies, grow your gender and racial equity knowledge, deepen your exploration of privilege and influence, and examine ways of taking your learning beyond the program into your organizations.
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Read article by AHF Founder, Dr. Golnaz Golnaraghi, on Mentoring Indigenous, Black, and racialized women as a pathway to more equitable organizations

Our Impact at a Glance

Fellows Impact

190
Fellow Graduates since 2021
43
Post Secondary Institutions
8
Provinces

Mentors Impact

120
Mentors Since 2021
66
Organizations

7

Provinces
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How It Works

1
Check Your Eligibility
Check your eligibility and things to know about the application process. Fill out your application. There is no fee to apply.
2
Submit Your Application
Fill out a quick application form. Our team will review your application.
3
Wait to Hear Back
Mentors will be selected based on program goals and needs of our Fellows. If we’re not able to find a suitable match of role for the upcoming cohort, we’ll keep your details in our database for future cohorts.
4
Communication from AHF
Selected applicants will receive more information about the program.
5
Start Fellowship Circle
Your Fellowship experience will begin with a Career Readiness bootcamp, followed by 10-week programming from January – March 2024.
6
Celebrate!
Congratulations! You’ll be awarded a certificate of completion. Welcome to the AHF Alumni community!

Eligibility Criteria

  • You identify as a Indigenous, Black or racialized woman (i.e. Arab, East Asian, Latina, Middle Eastern/North African, Pacific Islander, South Asian, South-East Asian, West Asian); or 
  • You identity as a white woman committed to intersectional gender equity, continuous learning and taking consistent allyship action
  • You are a manager, director or senior leader 
  • You have a minimum of 5 years of experience in business or STEM
  • You commit to participating in a minimum of six, two-hour sessions in the 10- week program (includes Orientation, four group mentorship sessions, and celebration event)
  • 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 inclusive leader

Important Dates

Applications Open

October 6, 2023

Applications Close

December 11, 2023

Successful Applicants Informed

On rolling basis until spots filled

Fellowship Circle Winter 2024 Cohort

January 25 – March 28, 2024, Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm ET

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions that are not included below? Send us an email at info@accelerateherfuture.com

We won’t be offering an honorarium or stipend. You can expect to grow as an equitable leader by participating in our uniquely designed orientation and program that embeds a racial and gender equity lens, grow your professional network, and learn about the unique experience of early-career Indigenous, Black, and racialized women. Most importantly, together we are building a community with and for Indigenous, Black, and racialized women, and using our social capital to help them advance as future leaders in business and STEM.

Applications to become a Mentor in the Fellowship Circle 2024 cohort are now closed. We thank everyone who applied. Sign up for our waitlist to get notified for upcoming programs.

The Mentor application includes a combination of basic demographic, applicant profile and open-ended questions to better understand your background, experience and perspectives about our mission, mentorship and active allyship, and commitment to advancing Fellows in their career development and goals.
Mentors will be selected based on alignment with our program goals and needs of our Fellows. If we are not able to find a suitable match or role within our Fellowship Circle, we will keep your details in our database for future cohorts. We appreciate your generosity and interest in our programming!
The Fellowship Circle will run virtually over 10-weeks, January – March 2024. We require that Mentors commit to attending a minimum of six sessions including Orientation, four Group Mentorship Circles and the Wrap Up Event.
In 2024, AHF’s Fellowship Circle will run once in Winter 2024.
Absolutely. We welcome Mentors who are passionate about our mission and making an active difference in the careers and lives of our Fellows.

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Accelerate Her Future™ was founded on land and waters of the traditional territory of many nations including the Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabeg, the Attawandaron, and the Metis within the lands protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement. We respect Indigenous peoples’ deep connections to the land and waters, and affirm our commitment to continued learning while engaging our head, heart and hands to advance the TRC Calls to Action 92 and the MMIWG2S+ Calls to Justice 6.1, 11.1 and 15. We invite you to learn more about the history and presence of the Indigenous communities on the land and waters you gather on and work to build a better future for all and have included learning resources in your onboarding materials some of which are required for your completion. We encourage visitors to our website to learn about the land they are currently on.
Accelerate Her Future™ was founded on land and waters of the traditional territory of many nations including the Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabeg, the Attawandaron, and the Metis within the lands protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement. We respect Indigenous peoples’ deep connections to the land and waters, and affirm our commitment to continued learning while engaging our head, heart and hands to advance the TRC Calls to Action 92 and the MMIWG2S+ Calls to Justice 6.1, 11.1 and 15. We invite you to learn more about the history and presence of the Indigenous communities on the land and waters you gather on and work to build a better future for all and have included learning resources in your onboarding materials some of which are required for your completion. We encourage visitors to our website to learn about the land they are currently on.

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