Mentoring Program

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” — John Crosby


About the Program

The Georgetown Women’s Alliance-Qatar (GWA-Q) Mentorship Program is a formal, professional development program for Georgetown University-Qatar (GU-Q) female faculty, staff, alumni, and spouses.  The program runs annually from September through April. The purpose of the program is to provide participants with an opportunity to interact and learn from one another in a one-on-one mentorship partnership. The partnership is meant to provide support and encouragement and to facilitate success and satisfaction in a professional context.  All members of GWA-Q are invited to participate.


Benefits of Mentoring

Mentoring is something that can benefit everyone. It helps both the mentee and the mentor recognize their true abilities and, in the process, discover exciting areas for future development.

  • Stimulates new thoughts about career development and career potential.
  • Help to increase motivation – the mentee gains a new direction or perspective while the mentor feels a sense of achievement when their mentee succeeds.
  • Develop communication skills, including listening/questioning skills and conversing with colleagues in other areas and levels of the University.
  • The experiences and skills of helping another, coaching, and mentoring may continue in other areas of life, personal and professional.

How the Program Works

Mentors and mentees submit online applications and are matched by the Program Committee based a variety of characteristics, including areas of expertise, experience, and personal and career interests. The mentee’s preference as to which mentor they’d like to work with will also be considered.

At least one member of the mentor-mentee pair must be a female.

Participants benefit from advice and insight and have the opportunity to create unique and enduring professional relationships with Georgetown colleagues.

Once admitted to the program, participants are encouraged to meet once a month during the course of the program (September through April). However, participants are encouraged to meet and communicate above and beyond these minimums as personal schedules allow. The mentorship relationship is a mutual relationship; success comes from the effort both parties put into it. To provide a quality experience for mentees and mentors, the GWA-Q Mentorship Program offers a series of activities and events, informational resources, and additional guidance throughout the course of the program.


Applying to the Program

Applications and instructions for the upcoming year will be posted in June and shared via email.

If you’re interested in serving as a mentor, please complete the Mentor Expression of Interest Form

If you’re interested in being mentored, please complete the Mentee Expression of Interest Form

To nominate a mentor or mentee, please complete this form

Questions? Email us at

Structure of Program / Schedule of Events

May-August: Committee invites mentors and mentees to apply for the program

September 1 - Mentor and Mentee applications are due.

September 5 -  Networking event: All registered mentors talk for one minute about themselves to the entire group and then there will be open networking. After, mentees submit their top five mentor picks via this declaration form and the committee matches pairs based on those shared preferences (and the info shared in their application forms)

Mid-September: Committee announces mentor and mentee pairings and invites them to a kick off event

Late September: Kick off event (includes mini training, toolkit with talking points/ideas, pairs encouraged to discuss expectations and preferences)

November: Training/developmental event

January: Developmental event

April: Concluding event (program evaluation survey sent out after event concludes)

Note: Pairs are encouraged to meet in between events for private meetings and may choose to attend other GU-Q events together as an activity.




Book List

  • Be Your Own Mentor: Strategies from Top Women on the Secrets of Success | Sheila Wellington and Betty Spence
  • Coming Up for Air: How to Build a Balanced Life in a Workaholic World | Beth Sawi
  • First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently | Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead | Sheryl Sandberg
  • The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success | Nicholas Lore
  • StrengthsFinder 2.0 | Tom Rath