Women in Energy

Information for Prospective Mentors

Sign up and contact: Phoebe Bower (phoebe.bower@columbia.edu)

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What is the Women in Energy Mentoring Scheme?

The Women in Energy Mentoring Scheme has been established in recognition of the numerous challenges that relate to being a woman in the energy and environmental industry. These range from building a profile to knowing how to succeed in what can be a male-dominated industry. The Mentoring Scheme aims to pragmatically deconstruct some of these challenges through mentorship. Successful mentee applicants will be paired with a like-minded mentor for a five-to-six month period and follow a unique programme designed for the mentee to get the most out of the Mentoring Scheme.

Am I eligible to mentor?

This Scheme is designed specifically for current SIPA women interested in a career in energy and the environment. If you are a previous SIPA woman working in Energy or the Environment then please let us know ÔÇô we would love to have you as a mentor!

How much of a commitment will it be?

We ask that Mentors provide five hours of their time over a five-to-six month period. We suggest that mentors and mentees meet once-a-month over this period starting this November. Mentees will work with their mentorÔÇÖs schedule and are responsible for organising meetings, and communicating with their mentor. We want to take up as little of your time as possible and so we will provide any and all resources that you may need to mentor effectively.

Will it be in person, or virtual?

The Mentoring Scheme is designed for maximum flexibility and will be conducted virtually ÔÇô although we hope there will be opportunities for in person meetings (circumstances and preferences permitting). We say it is a five-to-six-month program as we understand that life events happen and sometimes you (or your mentee) will need to skip a month.

How can I sign up?

If you would like to sign up, please email phoebe.bower@columbia.edu. Please send a link to your LinkedIn profile, or a short blurb about what you are doing post-SIPA, so that we can match you with a like-minded mentee.

What is the structure of the programme?

Five to Six Month Program ÔÇô Starting November 2021

Session One - Introduction: The first session aims to help the mentor/mentee get to know each other and establish a rapport. One element of this is the identification of a focus point for the mentoring scheme (e.g., confidence building; applications to internships; interview skills).
Session Two - Resume: This session focusses on resume review and development. The aim is to review and revise the menteeÔÇÖs resume to assist them with their internship, or job applications.
Session Three ÔÇô Focus Point: A session where mentors discuss with the mentee their focus point and the strategies for overcoming related challenges. This is essentially a session to brainstorm and provide a road map for the focus points. The exact content will vary from mentee-to-mentee.
Session Five ÔÇô Wrap-up: This is a session where mentors interview their mentee as if they were applying for a permanent role. We will provide some guidance on the types of questions to ask, and mentors will bring their own experience of interviews/interviewing to the session.
Session Five ÔÇô Wrap-up: The aim of this session is to help the mentee with any next steps, follow-up items, or other items that have emerged from discussions. After this, a short survey will be circulated whereby both mentee and mentor will give feedback on the mentoring programme, so that we can continue to improve it going forward.

What if I have a question, or want to discuss this further?

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the scheme further, then you can contact Phoebe Bower (phoebe.bower@columbia.edu) directly who will seek to resolve these promptly. Phoebe will be your main contact at the SIPA Energy Association for the duration of your mentoring experience. We hope you can join us!