AWIS DC Mentoring Circles Program

“…having a feeling of solidarity would be better than trying all this on my own.”

A Mentoring Circle is a group of participants that meets for the purpose of discussing careers and professional development topics.  Participants simultaneously act both as mentors and mentees as they exchange experiences, challenges, opportunities, and advice for the purpose of enhancing self-confidence, communication skills, leadership practices, and commitment to one’s career.

Mentoring Circle size:  Up to 5 participants per Circle with a designated leader

Frequency of meetings:  Every 4-6 weeks throughout 2018

Where: Each group sets its own schedule and location for virtual or in-person meetings. Please note that face-to-face meetings are more beneficial for participants and are highly recommended.

Participating in a Mentoring Circle is free for AWIS members. Non-members may participate in a Mentoring Circle for a fee of $50. This fee will allow you to attend all Mentoring Circles-associated events throughout 2018 for free.

To join the DC Chapter please visit:

Submit an application to join a Mentoring Circle. 

Deadline for applications is January 24, 2018

Applications received after this date are not guaranteed placement.

All applicants should plan to attend the Mentoring Circles Program Kick-off Event in mid-January, the exact date is TBD. It’ll be up to you and your circle to set up meeting times, locations, and topics for the rest of the year. The most successful circles meet once a month, and, yes, we’ll also be grouping you based on your preferred location for meetings (DC, MD, or VA).