We have published our midpoint report for the first cohort of WEST mentees and mentors and we are thrilled with the results! We launched this cohort with the help of our sponsors: LinkedIn, GoDaddy, Box, Twilio, Pandora, Gusto, and Intuit, and our technology and delivery partner Everwise. Since January, we created over 100 mentee/mentor pairs with participants coming from over 70 companies. Of the survey respondents, nearly ALL WEST mentees and mentors are satisfied with their match and feel "energized" about their partnership.
WEST's mission is to help women thrive in technical roles. Our participants told us at the beginning that although they consider themselves ambitious and want to stay in tech, 15% don't believe they will advance in tech and only 60% feel informed about career options in tech. We hope to improve those numbers by the end of the program. Most of our participants are focused on getting to the next level in their careers, whether that's through specific career planning, developing their personal brand, or improving their skills in creative/innovative thinking, communication, or influence. Of the survey respondents, 74% of WEST mentees report they are making significant progress against their goals.