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MCWT Mentoring – A Member Benefit

Do you know the necessary steps to advance your career, what skills will be essential in your field, or how to position yourself for professional growth? MCWT has two options for members to work with a mentor.  In the last 10 years, more than 180 people have worked with seasoned IT professionals to help guide their career development through one-to-one mentoring. 

What is a mentor?  And why is having one important?

Mentoring is widely recognized as an important means to develop high-demand leadership skills such as building consensus, developing professional networks, global leadership, inspiring innovation and managing organizational change, whether you work for a small company or a large, complex one.  Mentors can provide access to developmental opportunities, share their experience and insight into corporate culture and practices, and help navigate how to best overcome hurdles and solve challenges. 

Introducing MCWT Ignite – a new mentoring option

Applications are now available for MCWT Ignite mentoring program.  If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to have a mentor, or you have a specific area of interest where a mentor might help, this may be the program for you. 

MCWT Ignite is for members who want to make the investment in their development, but often need to do it in conjunction with school, work, family and other commitments.  The program is flexible and designed for early career and mid-career technology professionals. 

Mentees have the option to focus on a specific development goal, such as increasing their networking skills or leadership development, during the six-month program.  Each mentee will be matched with a mentor based on several factors including geography, goals, areas of mutual interest and expertise. Mentees will also participate in three social networking events as part of the program. 

MCWT Ignite is available to MCWT members at no charge in 2015.

Click here for a link to the application.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the program in mid-August. Criteria for acceptance are based on being an MCWT member and available mentor matches. 

Key dates include:

  • Aug. 12: Mentee application deadline
  • Aug. 31: Notification of acceptance
  • Sept. 16: Mandatory launch event to meet your mentor at the Wayne State University’s Farmington Hills Campus
  • Nov. 12: Mid-point networking event at Altair Engineering in Troy
  • March 22:  Program completion event at Wayne State University’s Farmington Hills Campus


For more information, please contact Pam Hansen, mentoring committee chair, at