Newsletter | Mar/Apr 2006

Andrea Palladio's Cornaro

OWA Mentorship Program - Guidelines

by Cynthia Wang
The Organization of Woman Architects and Design Professionals is pleased to announce the OWA Mentorship Program. This program is designed to help members take advantage of the wonderful diversity that is present within our group, from the unique perspective of being women design professionals. The mentorship program is an opportunity for growing professionals to get one-on-one advice from professional volunteers. The program is not an internship program. There is no cost to participate.

Mentors are volunteer professionals who are eager to share their knowledge and experience with students. These mentors are from a diverse range of fields including, but not limited to: architecture, city planning, landscape architecture, design, construction, multi-media and urban design. Their professional experiences encompass: sole practitioners, partners in large multi-disciplinary firms, public sector professionals, fine artists and designers. The mentor provides insight into: the reality of being a design or planning professional; current trends in the design profession; resume and portfolio development; salary negotiation and interview techniques; and careeer objectives and how to achieve them.

Mentees may be interested in a better understanding the profession that they are preparing to enter or already practicing in. The program provides the opportunity to ask questions about the professional and business sides of the profession. Some of the questions may include: asking the mentor to comment on your resume and or portfolio; or discussing alternative professional paths.

The OWA sponsors the mentorship for our member's benefits. OWA encourages our members to maximize the opportunity offered by the mentorship program to get professional advice and expertise from your mentor.

Pairing of mentor and mentee is not automatic. You must sign up by April 1st, 2006 to participate. To sign up either as a Mentor or Mentee, please complete the Mentorship Program Form, print it, and mail it to the following address:

Lisa Lee
375 Fremont Street Stuie 300
San Francisco, CA 94103

Please remember to checkmark the position you are interested in (mentor or mentee).

The OWA Steering Committee does the pairing. A Mentorship Mixer will be planned for May, 2006. We will announce the exact date and time via email and post the information on the website towards the end of March early April 2006. Following introductions, mentors and mentees share in the responsibility of further contacting each other. A mentor and mentee typically negotiate meetings (when, where etc.) Both students and mentors can request a change in match at any time for any or no reason. Please contact

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