Women+ in Design PGH
ICYMI: Virtual Mentoring
In Case You Missed It!
Here are some of the things we discussed at our first Virtual Mentoring Session (04/02/2020):
The different types of virtual tools, their capabilities, and specifics.
Benefits of virtual mentoring- including the lack of commute, and the ability to reach across different time zones.
The importance of establishing your “operating procedure” - what time do you usually meet, what video conferencing tool - and stick to it!
Respect each other’s time! Try to stick to your chosen start and end time when you meet.
Treating it like a business, how to prepare and how to look professional.
Different types of mentoring and the benefits of one-on-one versus group mentoring.
Establishing your personal “board of directors”
Finding mentorship from different angles, whether it’s a different style of mentoring or a different/adjacent profession. W+ID is made up of many microcosms of women in the workplace, who may be working in different fields but share many of the same experiences.
The value of peer-to-peer partnerships, where you have similar responsibilities, but can share (and compare) your work cultures, compensation, etc.
And last but not least, we closed the presentation with tips on how to reach out - particularly at a time when there is higher digital traffic (like email), a personal call is particularly beneficial.
Cassandra Osterman, AIA
Associate - PWWG