Mentorship opportunity

 

Mentorship Opportunity underneath a photo of me

Would you consider me as a mentor? 

I’ve worked in DEI for nearly 15 years and have been a solo DEI consultant and coach for 2 years. One of the things I miss about being in house are the opportunities to mentor people. Mentorship is really important to me. I’ve learned a lot with my mentor, Candice Morgan, and want to pay this forward. I helped stand up a mentorship program at Mozilla and know how powerful mentorship can be in people’s careers. 

I’m opening two spaces for people who are Black and/or Indigenous. 

How this works

I’m shamelessly copying Courtney Johnston’s approach. You’ll fill out a short form by January 16th 5th at 10am Pacific (in less than 24 hours 118 people have applied). I’ll reach out to respond to everyone who completes the form. I’ll invite a shortlist of people to have 1:1 conversations with me the last week of January or the first week of February to see if we’re a fit for each other. This works both ways–you might decide after chatting with me that I’m not a good fit for you.

I can meet with you once a month for one hour for a year. At the start we’ll design our alliance, or how we want to work together. Our conversations will be confidential. You can also request I take off my mentor hat and put on my coaching hat and coach you too. 

Who I’m best for

The areas where I know I can offer the most value are:

  • Navigating work in a values aligned way
  • Honouring your boundaries
  • Using data in DEI work
  • Finding your professional voice on social media and as a speaker

I’m looking to mentor people working in the corporate space, or who are transitioning into corporate. I had a career in academic libraries and I’m not looking to mentor people in that space. 

I’m open to mentoring people anywhere and I work Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm Pacific time zone, so you would need to be able to meet then. We’d meet on Zoom and if you’re in Vancouver I’m open to meeting in person too. 

Why is this only for Black and/or Indigenous folks?

In the past year I’ve had about a dozen people reach out privately to me to ask if I would mentor them. They’re all amazing people and they’re all white. White people are overrepresented in the DEI space and I want to mentor Black and/or Indigenous people who are working, or looking to shift into, corporate DEI. 

Who am I? 

Hi! I’m Tara Robertson. I’m a queer, mixed race woman who lives in Vancouver, Canada. You can learn more about me here, or by reading my LinkedIn profile and posts