This document constitutes the official Divity Group Inc.’s (“We”, “Us” or “Divity Group”) Accelerate Her Future Fellowship Circle’s agreement with the Mentor (“Agreement”)

1. Objective

The Accelerate Her Future Fellowship Circle is a 10-week by-application program designed by self-identifying Black, Indigenous and women of colour (BIWOC) for BIWOC in business and STEM – a tailored and curated experience providing small mentorship circles, career learning labs, and networking with managers and leaders from business and STEM sectors.

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 in the program or to grow our practice as better, more active allies to one another within the program or our colleagues outside the program.

Together we are building a community with and for self-identifying Black, Indigenous and women of colour (BIWOC) students, recent grads, career changers and those in the workforce for 3 years or less to ensure our full participation and leadership at all levels in business and STEM. 

2. Important Dates for Mentor Applications

Applications open: October 15, 2021

Applications close: When spots filled

Successful Mentors informed by: On an ongoing basis until spots filled

Fellowship Circle Dates: January 20 – March 24, 2022, every Thursday 7:00 pm – 9:00 PM EST (hours will vary slightly for Orientation and Wrap up event)

3. Application Process

  • Eligible applicants must submit an online application to participate as a Mentor in the Accelerate Her Future’s Fellowship Circle (www.accelerateherfuture.com).

4. Eligibility Criteria

Consider applying to participate as a Mentor for the Accelerate Her Future Fellowship Circle, if you meet the requirements below:

  • 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 doing the work 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, fostering trust and reciprocal mentoring relationships with AHF Fellows through Group Mentorship Circles 
  • You are invested in listening, learning and gaining unique insights about the experiences of Fellows in the program
  • You wish to evolve and grow as an equitable leader 
  • You commit to using your social capital to advance our Fellows as future leaders in business and STEM 
  • You wish to grow your professional network and community

5. Volunteering

You understand that providing mentorship or participating as a Mentor is on a volunteer basis. As such, we won’t be offering an honorarium or a stipend.

6. Application Review Process

  1. Applications to serve as a Mentor for the Accelerate Her Future Fellowship Circle will be evaluated by the Accelerate Her Future team based on program goals and needs of the Fellows.
  2. If the team is not able to find a suitable match or role for an immediate offering of the Fellowship Circle program, we will keep your name on file on our database.

7. Obligations

Mentors will help create a safe and inclusive space while facilitating solutions-based and inclusive conversations in group mentorship circles with peers (other mentors) and Fellows. Mentors will commit a minimum of approximately six 2-hour sessions over the 10-week period. Structured small group mentorship circles matches mentors with Fellows.

8. General Criteria – Participation

  1. By participating in the Accelerate Her Future Fellowship Circle, each applicant agrees to be legally bound by this Agreement.
  2. Divity Group reserves its right to cancel, terminate, modify, amend, extend, or suspend the Accelerate Her Future Fellowship Circle.
  3. To be considered an eligible entry, Divity Group reserves the right to review entries.
  4. Divity Group shall not be liable for the failure of any applicant submission or entry to be received by Divity Group for any reason, including, but not limited to technical problems, traffic congestion, or any other issues.
  5. Divity Group shall not be liable for any injury or damage to an applicant, or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Accelerate Her Future Fellowship Circle.

9. Termination of Competition

Divity Group reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to void any entry and/or withdraw, suspend, amend, or terminate this Fellowship Circle in whole or in part (or to amend these rules) in any way at any time without prior notice (but subject to applicable law), in the event of an error, technical problem, computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of Divity Group that in Divity Group’s sole discretion determines, interferes with the proper conduct of the Accelerate Her Future Fellowship Circle as contemplated by these rules, or in the event of any accident, printing, administrative, or other error of any kind, or for any other reason. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of the Accelerate Her Future Fellowship Circle is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such attempt be made, the person will be automatically disqualified and Divity Group reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. Divity Group reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, and without prior notice, to adjust any of the dates and/or time frames stipulated in these rules, to the extent necessary, for the purposes of verifying compliance by any entry with these rules, or as a result of technical problems, or in light of any other circumstances, which in the opinion of Divity Group, in its sole and absolute discretion, affect the proper administration of the Accelerate Her Future Fellowship Circle as contemplated in these rules.

10. Personal Information

By submitting an application to the Accelerate Her Future Fellowship Circle, each applicant expressly consents to Divity Group, its agents, volunteers and/or representatives, storing, sharing and using the personal information submitted with his/her/their entry only for the purpose of administering the Fellowship Circle and in accordance with Divity Group’s privacy policy www.accelerateherfuture.com.

11. Confidentiality

The Mentor acknowledges that in the course of the program, they may create or have access to information that is treated as confidential and proprietary (collectively, the “Confidential Information“). The Mentor shall treat all Confidential Information as strictly confidential and only use the Confidential Information for the purpose of the program. Confidential Information shall not include information that is or becomes generally available to the public other than through the Mentor’s breach of this Agreement or is communicated to the Mentor by a third party that had no confidentiality obligations with respect to such information.

12. Intellectual Property

The Mentor understands that Divity Group is and shall be the sole and exclusive owner of all right, title and interest throughout the world of the program including all copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and other intellectual property rights (collectively “Intellectual Property Rights“) therein. For the purposes of clarification, this section does not apply to the Mentor’s own notes and reflections.

13. Force Majeure

Divity Group will not be liable or responsible to the other party, or be deemed to have defaulted under or breached this Agreement, for any failure or delay in fulfilling or performing any term of this Agreement, when and to the extent such failure or delay is caused by any: acts of God; flood, fire, or explosion; epidemics, pandemics, including the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic; war, terrorism, invasion, riot, or other civil unrest; embargoes or blockades in effect on or after the date of this Agreement; national or regional emergency; strikes, labour stoppages or slowdowns, or other industrial disturbances; passage of law or governmental order, rule, regulation, or direction, or any action taken by a governmental or public authority, including but not limited to imposing an embargo, export or import restriction, quota, or other restriction or prohibition; (each of the foregoing, a “Force Majeure”).

14. Use of Names

  1. The Accelerate Her Future Fellowship Circle Mentor gives Divity Group the permission to publish, in any format, their name, image or likeness, and participation in the Accelerate Her Future Fellowship Circle without compensation, for teaching, learning, advertising, and promotional purposes for use now or in the future.
  2. The Fellowship Circle Mentor may not use Divity Group’s or Accelerate Her Future’s name in any publication or advertisement without Divity Group’s express written consent.

15. Independent Parties

Fellowship Circle Mentors acknowledge that they are acting independently from Divity Group and that they are solely responsible for its actions or inactions, and that nothing in this Agreement will be construed to create a partnership, agency, or employment relationship between Divity Group and the Fellowship Circle Mentors, or its representatives.

16. Privacy Policy

By agreeing to this agreement, you are also agreeing to the terms of the platform privacy policy available at privacy policy (the “privacy policy”). The privacy policy is incorporated into and deemed a part of this agreement. The same rules that apply regarding changes and revisions of this agreement also apply to changes and revisions of the privacy policy.

By accepting the terms of this agreement, you consent to having Divity Group use aggregate data and trends gathered from the Mentor application and program feedback surveys administered during the program on an anonymous basis to enhance the Fellowship Circle Program, for inclusion in Accelerate Her Future impact and research reports and website or otherwise shared with funders or partners.

17. Termination

During the Term, either party may terminate this Agreement without cause upon 14 days’ written advance notice to the Mentor.

Either party may terminate this Agreement, immediately upon written notice to the other party if the other party breaches this Agreement, and such breach is incapable of cure.

Divity Group reserves the right to terminate, modify, amend, extend, or suspend this Agreement upon 14 days’ written advance notice to the other party.

18. Assignment

This Agreement or admission into the Fellowship Circle may not be assigned or transferred by the Mentor to another entity without the prior written consent of Divity Group.

19. Limitation of Liability

You agree, confirm, and acknowledge that we shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any indirect, incidental, consequential, special, punitive or exemplary damages.

We explicitly disclaim any liability with respect to any claim, suit or action made by a Mentor. You agree, confirm and acknowledge to indemnify, defend and hold us harmless with respect to any such claim.

20. Indemnification

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Divity Group, its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and their respective directors, officers, employees, volunteers, agents, service providers, contractors, licensors, suppliers, successors, and assigns from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, judgments, awards, losses, costs, expenses, or fees (including reasonable lawyers’ fees) arising out of or relating to your breach of this Agreement.

If the applicable law does not allow the limitation of liability as set forth above (limitation of liability), the limitation will be deemed modified solely to the extent necessary to comply with applicable law.

This section and section 19 (limitation of liability) shall survive the termination or expiration of this Agreement.

21. Governing Law

This Agreement is governed by the laws of the Province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein and treated in all respects as an Ontario contract. The Parties hereby irrevocably and unconditionally agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Province of Ontario and all courts competent to hear appeals.

22. Important notes about our agreement

  • This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and us. You confirm that you have not relied upon any promises or representations by us except as set forth in this agreement.
  • If any provision of this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, invalid, unenforceable, or otherwise contrary to law, the remaining provisions of this Agreement will remain in full force and effect.
  • To clear any doubt, all clauses regarding limitations of liabilities and indemnification shall survive the termination or expiration of this Agreement.

Need more information?

The Accelerate Her Future Fellowship Circle is administered by Divity Group Inc. Any questions, comments, or complaints regarding the Fellowship circle should be directed to:

Email: info@accelerateherfuture.com

Phone: (416) 219-1456

Web: accelerateherfuture.com