From Tech To Film & Journalism: 7 Mentorship Programs for Latinas
Across industries, there’s a growing demand and prevalence of mentorship programs, but for women of color who are carving their own paths, mentors remain difficult to find.
As lifelong learners, mentees continuously sharpen their skills and gain insight into the changes taking place in their field, which lead to tremendous career and personal advancements. Studies show that employees who have mentors earn higher salaries, are more likely to receive promotions and feel an overall increased satisfaction in their careers. Additionally, this professional support and counsel helps improve work-life balance, self-esteem and overall well being for both mentees and mentors.
But not everyone is reaping the benefits of mentorship. According to Fast Company, women of color are less likely to have mentors. Moreover, those who do receive regular or occasional career guidance don’t often have mentors who look like them or share their experiences with systemic racism, classism, xenophobia and sexism. This absence is hurting women and stalling their careers. Without mentorship, women of color are less likely to grow and get promotions or pay increases. They’re also more likely to ignore microaggressions, be gaslit and eventually burnout—forcing many to withdraw from careers they’re passionate about.