Women in Animation has launched a professional mentoring program designed to empower, educate and support mentees by increasing their industry knowledge and access to information through relationships with experienced talent.
The program is open to WIA members in the greater Los Angeles area for its initial run.
The WIA mentoring pilot program is scheduled to run for six months, from October through March. Based on the outcome of the pilot program, WIA hopes to expand the program to offer mentorships in an ongoing basis in Los Angeles as well as within other participating WIA chapters around the world.
“Mentoring is one of the principles at the heart of WIA’s mission and vision,” says WIA Co-President Kristy Scanlan. “We are excited to launch the mentoring program and look forward to helping each participant develop the professional skills and knowledge she needs to succeed in the animation industry.”
The Mentoring Committee is spearheaded by Scanlan and committee chairwoman Kaaren Lee Brown. Industry professionals who are interested in participating as mentors are invited to contact Scanlan or Brown through the WIA website, www.womeninanimation.org.
Mentee applications for the pilot program can also be found on the WIA website at salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51048/p/salsa/web/questionnaire/public/?questionnaire_KEY=112.
The deadline for application submissions is Aug. 22.