frequently asked questions
The Day of Impact is an opportunity for women who work in the travel industry to develop and mitigate the regressive impact of COVID-19 on their career progress. THRIVE hosts this event to connect women across the industry through a virtual mentorship journey with the goal of helping one another achieve their potential and overcome COVID-19 related career impacts.
Women in Travel Thrive is a non-profit organization built around the premise of women helping women. Because of this, we ask that everyone who chooses to be a part of the Day of Impact can both give their guidance as a mentor and receive guidance as a mentee.
At this time, the Day of Impact will be focused on women mentoring other women. However, we would love your support in other ways! You can sign up for our email distribution for more information about Women In Travel Thrive. We would also appreciate your donations to help make Women in Travel Thrive and the Day of Impact a success. If interested, you can donate here.
If you are interested in participating in the board or helping to plan the next Day of Impact, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We ask that you try to carve out an hour of your day to meet with your mentor/mentee. However, we understand that life happens! If you are unable to meet wit mentor/mentee on the Day of Impact, please try to reschedule with them for another day in that week.
We hope that all of our mentors and mentees will be responsive and give their time. However, if you find this is not the case we will be hosting additional rounds of the Mentorship Pairing Program and we urge you to sign up for the next round!
A mentor is an advisor who uses their experience to guide and inspire mentees. A mentor is a trusted person, someone who can become a role model and someone who can lead their mentee through a career path. A mentor does not know everything but has incredibly valuable experience and a great desire to help mentees succeed. Please see our Code of Ethics for additional information on mentor expectations.
During your initial meeting, we recommend that you bring up with your mentor/mentee the possibility of continuing the relationship past the Day of Impact. If both members of the relationship agree, you can discuss a cadence to meet (maybe monthly, quarterly, etc.) and the duration. Keep in mind that in today’s environment, mentor/mentee relationships can be a quick text, a few emails, (virtual) coffee, etc. and does not have to be the traditional one hour a week/month/quarter meeting.
A mentee is a person who is advised by a mentor. Oftentimes, the mentor-mentee relationship occurs early on in a career path or while the mentee is in school. To be a mentee, a person must be receptive and open to ideas and guidance. The mentee should maintain an open mind and a positive perspective, and remember that the mentor is a trusted advisor. Please see our Code of Ethics for additional information on mentee expectations.
To pair our mentors and mentees, we will be combining different factors in order to create the best matches that we can. There may be certain instances where all criteria is unable to be followed, but we believe that connections can be made regardless of who you are paired with.
In general, the criteria we are going to use is as follows:
- Ensuring you are not paired with someone from the same company
- Ensuring you are matched with someone in a similar (+/- 3 hours) time zone
- Pairing role levels appropriately (i.e., entry level with someone at management level)
If all criteria above is able to be met, we will consider years of experience, industry, and department.
We strongly believe that connections can be made cross-industry or cross-department.
Mentors/mentees from another industry or department can provide an unbiased perspective that you can learn from.
Furthermore, there are many skills that are transferrable from one industry to another. Those can be leadership skills, time management, customer service, etc.
We strongly believe that connections can be made cross-industry or cross-department. In fact, someone from a different industry or department can provide invaluable unbiased feedback that can assist on our journey to grow.
For these reasons, we will not be including industry or department into our top 3 matching criteria nor will we be re-pairing matches.
If your mentor/mentee is unresponsive, you can apply for our next round of the Day of Impact: Mentorship Pairing Program.
No! The Day of Impact: Mentorship Pairing Program will not be a one time thing. We look forward to sharing details about the next round as soon as we have them.
The amount of time is not as important as the consistency of the interactions. For the first interaction, the mentor and mentee should plan on 45 miutes to an hour to learn a bit about each other and how they can build their relationship. It is important to realize that both the mentor and mentee have the capacity to learn, grow, and evolve through the process. Therefore, it is of great importance to value this relationship for all it has to offer. Like any relationship, investing time in it will help the relationship flourish and be fruitful. If all you have is 10 minutes once a month, you commit to it and make it happen. We live in a hyperconnected world and there are an abundance of methods to stay in touch. Discuss what the availability of time is for both of you (mentor and mentee) and make it happen.
The purpose of mentorship is to better utilize the experience, knowledge and skills of talented and successful professionals to help advance the careers of less experienced ones. For Women in Travel Thrive, it is about ensuring the future of our role and opportunities in the travel industry. By working together we can help build one another up to grow and overcome the natural hurdles that exist for women in the travel industry that have unfortunately grown considerably as a consequence of the pandemic.
Your mentor is not responsible for getting you a job. The relationship between a mentor/mentee is one of skill and experience sharing. While they may assist you in specific skills that could help you get a job down the line, they are not always hiring managers and are not responsible for getting jobs for their mentees. Please see our Code of Ethics for additional information on mentor/mentee expectations
During your first meeting, you will likely spend one hour getting to know your mentor and learn about their experience and industry background. You will be provided with your mentor/mentees LinkedIn page prior to meeting – we suggest that you take a look and think of any questions or opportunity areas you have that your mentor/mentee can assist you with. At the end of your meeting, we advise that you speak to your mentor/mentee about potential cadences to continue the relationship.
Code of Ethics
Women in Travel Thrive want to create an environment where mentors and mentees can have a good experience and learn from one another. To ensure this is possible, we ask that you adhere to the following Code of Ethics at all times:
- Be respectful of each other’s time.
- Be prepared – come with questions, topics, or ideas to share with your mentor/mentee.
- Use appropriate language and communication.
- Respect each other’s professional boundaries (do not ask for a letter of recommendation after one meeting or ask that they get you a job).
- Keep the conversation professional (do not bring up religion/politics or ask about their personal life unless they are willing to share).
Mentors, mentees, and Women in Travel Thrive, Inc. reserve the right to remove participants at any time if they are not following this Code of Ethics. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions.