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MENTORSHIP FOR WOMEN OF COLOR

CREATING COMMUNITY, COALILTION, AND CITIZENRY.

2025 PROGRAM UPDATE

For 2025, we are looking for applicants who seek to accelerate their careers in the world of media — FILM/TV, MUSIC, PUBLISHING, MARKETING, or ART. The full mentor roster will be available on the UP website on August 1.  Make sure you’re following us on Instagram.

 

As we move into our fifth year, we are instating an application fee of $75. The fee also entitles all applicants to join an on-line BuildUP session of their choosing.

BUILD UP SESSIONS

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMING

We are planning an exciting schedule of quarterly on-line BuildUP sessions to help you navigate your career, develop hard skills, and gain industry insights. They will cover topics you told us matter most to you, including: PITCHING, PERSONAL BRAND, NEGOTIATION, IMPOSTOR SYNDROME, TV DEVELOPMENT, SECURING REPRESENTATION, etc.Mentors already committed to sharing their wisdom include: Academy and Tony Award winning producer Bruce Cohen, Academy Award winning producer Joseph Patel, Meta Creative Director and Strategist Alix Tyler. (subject to change)

Annual UP Programming Membership of $95 entitles you to:

  • Unlimited BuildUP sessions

  • 10% off an in person gathering, including the sUPosium

  • Access to unique volunteer opportunities

  • A free mentorship application

BuildUP sessions will also be available on an adhoc basis for $49 each.

Your membership enables Unlock Her Potential to sustain our core membership program and expand and support you and our ever growing community.

 

Please feel free, as always, to email us at support@unlockherpotential.com.

Thank you for your continued sUPport and belief in our mission of empowering women of color in the workplace!

To apply for the Unlock Her Potential program, get an UP membership, and access BuildUP Sessions, please click the button.

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CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE

Our founder, Sophia Chang, has just been named a CNN Champion for Change! The program, now in its seventh year, Champions for Change spotlights the inspiring stories of changemakers breaking new ground and transforming their communities. Catch Sophia in conversation with CNN News Central co-anchor and UP mentor Sara Sidner on September 18 at 10am EST, September 21 at 1pm EST, and September 23 at 8pm EST.
 

WATCH HERE

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OBJECTIVE

UP Mentors share their expertise, experience, wisdom, insights, guidance, and constructive criticism in order to help their mentees develop and advance professionally.

 

Just 1 hour with any of these mentors could change the life of a woman. 

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IMAGINE WHAT

12 HOURS COULD DO.

THE IDEAL

MENTOR

EMPATHETIC remembers what it was like just starting out

ENGAGED listens to what is and is not being said and how

ENCOURAGING helps the mentee believe in themselves

EMPOWERING gives the mentee the tools and guidance, but not the answers

MENTEE

HUMBLE eager to learn and benefit from the mentor’s wisdom

CURIOUS asks questions that will help them attain knowledge and skills

 

DISCIPLINED follows through with advice and applies the tools provided

 

GRATEFUL acknowledges and appreciates the mentorship

DYNAMIC

RESPECTFUL mindful of the other’s time

TRUSTING conversations remain confidential

 

COMMUNICATIVE better rapport = more fruitful outcomes

 

RECIPROCAL both mentor and mentee learn from each other

GUIDELINES

We are confident that this mutually enriching experience will be a powerful step towards achieving greater equity in the workplace. Please adhere to the following guidelines and rules

  • Mentors should be engaged, encouraging, empowering. Mentors are expected to share expertise, wisdom, guidance, and constructive criticism to help their mentees develop and advance their careers.
     

  • Mentees should be humble, disciplined, grateful. Mentees are expected to respect mentor’s time and do their best to follow their advice. The mentor/mentee relationship should be based in respect, trust, communication.
     

  • This is a strictly professional relationship. Mentees should not discuss personal issues as mentors are not their therapists.
     

  • Mentors are not expected to advocate in any way on behalf of their mentee e.g. make introductions, write recommendation letters help secure jobs, etc. If they choose to do so, it is at their sole discretion, not at the request of the mentee.
     

  • Mentees can discuss projects, but must not pitch them to their mentors.
     

  • If mentees asks their mentors to engage outside of a call e.g. listen/watch/read a sample, that is considered part of the monthly hour.
     

  • Mentees should prepare questions for each session to maximize the time.
     

  • Mentees should schedule the meetings and send calendar invites.
     

  • Mentees understand their mentors may not reach the target 12 hours in the year due to unforeseen circumstances, but will try to make up the time, pending scheduling.
     

  • Meetings should be virtual, unless the mentor suggests otherwise.
     

  • If a mentor doesn’t hear from their mentee after two months, we will assume the mentee is no longer interested or able to participate. Should any issues arise, please do not hesitate to contact us at support@unlockherpotential.com.

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