The EPIP LA Mentorship Program

EPIP LA is thrilled to announce that it is accepting applications for its fifth year of the Mentorship Program. Through its Mentorship Program, EPIP LA aims to provide participants with the tools needed to develop and maintain meaningful connections with experienced leaders and their peers.

The EPIP LA Mentorship program connects emerging leaders in the philanthropic field with a seasoned leader to serve as a mentor and like-minded peers to support them on their journey.

Participants meet to discuss their individual professional interests and brainstorm potential matches. The Steering Committee assists in matching each participant with a mentor in the field who is available to meet on a regular basis for the year (approximately four meetings total). On alternate months, the cohort of mentees meets to discuss their professional challenges, progress on personal goals, and to share learning from their mentor relationships. EPIP LA also hosts a professional development workshop each summer for participants of the mentorship program, designed to suit the cohort’s interests.

To apply for the 2018 Mentorship Program cohort, click here. Applications are due by Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Applicants must be available to participate in an evening group interview before the end of the year and willing to commit to the full year of the program if selected.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the time commitment required to participate?

Approximately one to two hours per month, through the end of the calendar year.

Do I need to have already identified a potential mentor to apply?

No. The program will walk you through the matching process.

How does the matching process work?

During the interview process, applicants are asked to identify key knowledge and experience they would seek in a mentor. After selected to be a part of the Mentorship Program, the Mentorship Program Chair and Steering Committee will work one-on-one with the mentee to curate and prioritize a list of potential mentors.

Will I have to personally contact someone to be my mentor?

No. The Mentorship Program Chair will contact a potential mentor on your behalf to explain the program and establish expectations prior to the mentor committing to the program.

How much does it cost to participate?

Meetings and meals with your cohort will be sponsored by EPIP LA. Individual meetings with your mentor may be hosted by your mentor, or you may choose to host. Should you need assistance in treating your mentor to a meal, EPIP LA is able to reimburse each participant for up to two meals per year.

Where will the meetings be held?

Cohort meetings will be planned and scheduled by members of the cohort, based on availability and convenience. Most cohort meetings take place at restaurants and informal meeting spots in mid-city and/or downtown.


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