What is Vinea?
Vinea is a professional mentoring and networking organization. Our two primary service offerings are our traditional one-to-one mentoring program and our group events. Our traditional mentoring program matches individual participants with a mentor or mentee in their industry while our group events allow for all women, whether they participate in the traditional program or not, to come together for career advice and networking.
How Does The Matching Process Work?
Both mentors and mentees complete an application which Vinea uses to match them with a compatible participant based on years of professional experience, industry, common interests, and values. Once matched, participants have two introductory meetings where they complete specific exercises to help them decide if it's a good match for them. After the first two meetings, if they choose to move forward, participants agree to spend one hour a month together for the next ten months.
How Much Time Will It Take?
All in all, the program will take however much time you allow it too. If participating in our traditional mentoring program, we encourage participants to spend one hour a month together. These meetings can occur wherever and whenever is convenient for each individual match.
What If My Mentor or Mentee Isn't a Great Fit?
We try our best to match each of our mentors and mentees based on proven matching techniques. Once you are matched with a mentor or mentee you will have some initial introductory sessions before anyone makes any commitments. During this time, Vinea will be in close contact to make sure you are satisfied with your match. If not, all you have to do is say the word and Vinea will handle everything for you. It is perfectly normal for matches to not hit it off and in order to get the most out of this experience, it's extremely important to be honest about that! Additionally, if any participant ever finds themselves needing out of the relationship after the first two introductory sessions, Vinea can handle that for you as well. We want all participants to feel comfortable and be happy with their match so please do not ever hesitate to let us know how we can improve.
What are the Participant Meetings like?
Participant meetings can occur whenever and wherever works for your match. This can be over lunch, coffee, cocktails, walks, grocery store outings, etc! Vinea does provide guided activity sheets for each meeting so that no one feels like they are going into each meeting blind. However, these are optional if you find that you and your match have plenty to talk about. The activities for the first two meetings center around helping each match get to know each other and decide if they are an appropriate match given each person's unique goals. The next few meetings center around helping each other achieve those goals.
What if I Don't Know How to Mentor?
Don't worry! Vinea provides training to each mentor and mentee participant prior to the start of their relationship. These trainings are designed to be informative but succinct and are all offered electronically. We will give you all the information you need to know and we promise not to bore you to death while doing it. We also provide deliverables for each meeting to help you get the process started and provide all the support you need along the way.