Rosie Mentorship – Frequently Asked Questions

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What’s involved in the application and matching process? If you find a match for me, when are we introduced?

We invite you to complete an online application form, which you can find linked to on the Rosie 1:1 Mentoring Program page. If we identify a potential match for you, the Rosie Initiative team will connect with you to set up a brief introductory call. We typically require 2-3 weeks to review applications and complete all introductory calls. Once we have identified and notified all matches for the cohort, we host an onboarding session for each group. Following the onboarding session, we introduce all matches via email that same week.

Do I need to have experience mentoring people to be a mentor?

No. We encourage individuals new to mentoring to apply! Several new mentors participate, and we provide all matches with mentoring resources and an onboarding session that can help them get comfortable with the process. The Rosie Initiative team is also available to support as needed. Please note that mentors must have 10+ years of career experience to participate.

What happens if I am unhappy with my match?

Please get in touch with us right away so we can help you address any issues. If you prefer, we can look to find you a new match in the next cohort.

Is the Rosie 1:1 Mentoring Program bilingual?

Yes. To obtain services in French, please contact us at

Can I secure a job through my mentor if I get matched?

The purpose of the Rosie 1:1 Mentoring Program is not to seek or secure employment from your mentor but rather to support your professional and personal growth.

Is the program in-person or virtual?

The Rosie 1:1 Mentoring Program is a national, virtual program. By offering the program virtually, protégées gain access to mentors otherwise unavailable because of geographic limitations. However, you and your match are welcome to get together socially anytime!

How do I set goals and objectives for my match?

We provide both mentors and protégées with supporting materials to assist in setting goals and objectives. These materials include an Action Plan to help set goals and track progress. After being matched, mentors and protégées should discuss their expectations and review the protégées’ goals and objectives.

Can I participate again if I have already participated in the Rosie 1:1 Mentoring Program?

Yes. We encourage previous participants to participate in the program again. We understand that protégées may want to develop additional professional skills and that the guidance and support mentors provide may be beneficial to more than one protégée. Interested individuals are also not limited to applying only as protégées or mentors: you can apply for both roles in different program cohorts. Please note that individuals who have not participated in the program will be prioritized.

In addition to the Rosie 1:1 Mentoring Program, we offer the Rosie Peer Group Program. This program focuses on creating support networks for all women interested in career advancement. The free nine-month program carefully matches women to a peer group where participants can share their feelings and frustrations, reflect on challenges and opportunities and receive guidance and support from their peers. If you want to learn more, please visit the Rosie Peer Group Program page.

How do you match mentors and protégées?

Matches between mentors and protégées are made based on the information shared in the applications. The Rosie Initiative team does their best to select a match based on industry and/or program goals and objectives.

Can I apply to both the Rosie 1:1 Mentoring Program and the Rosie Peer Group Program at the same time?

Yes. You can apply and participate in both programs simultaneously. However, individuals are expected to meet the time commitment and requirements of both programs.

What happens if you can’t find a match for me?

If we cannot match you for the cohort you applied to, you will be emailed about participating in a future cohort. If you were not matched, this likely means we could not identify a suitable mentor/protégée for you, and it does not necessarily reflect the quality of your application. If you choose to be considered for a future cohort, we will keep your application on file and move it forward for consideration. If you are interested in updating your application, please get in touch with the Rosie Initiative team at

I’m not available right now, but I’m interested in participating in the future. How often are mentoring cohorts launched?

We continuously recruit mentors and protégées, so we encourage you to apply when available. We typically launch cohorts in March, July and November.

Are mentors paid, or is this a volunteer position?

Mentors are not paid. Mentors volunteer their time, experience, and knowledge to guide women in their careers; we thank them for their generosity.

Will I have the opportunity to connect and network with other participants in the program? 

Yes. We encourage you to network during the program. We will invite you to join a private LinkedIn group for participants in the Rosie Mentoring Programs. We are actively looking to expand our networking opportunities to incorporate workshops and other interactive events!

Can I be matched with a mentor/protégée in my organization? 

Yes, this is possible. Often, we identify matches with similar skillsets and experiences that may be working at the same organization. Before we match you, we will confirm that you’re interested in being matched with someone in the same organization. 

Can I request a woman mentor?

Yes. We encourage you to indicate this in your application if you are interested in only being matched with a woman mentor.

How can I provide feedback about the program?

We require all participants to share their feedback and insight through check-ins. These check-ins allow you to share feedback on your experience, the supporting materials, your match, and the overall program. If you want to share feedback outside check-ins, please email us at