Network 2000 seeking mid-career professional women for mentoring program

Network 2000, an organization promoting the advancement of women in professional and executive roles, is accepting applications for the 2009-10 class of its mentoring program “Effective Impact,” a year-long program for mid-career professional women, designed to enhance their expertise in key business areas and maintain life balances.

Network 2000 strongly believes in developing women leaders, and mentoring has always been a key component of our mission,” said Eileen Levitt, co-chair of the mentoring committee and co-author of Effective Impact, with her co-chair Lynne Durbin. “Effective Impact is our way of providing mid-career women with an opportunity to develop that critical mentoring relationship and learn new skills to enhance their leadership, communication and managerial effectiveness.”

Effective Impact is targeted to experienced women who are either mid-career or rising leaders in their professions. The program provides mentees with an orientation, formal and informal one-on-one consultation sessions, four professional development sessions and networking opportunities. Ten individuals will be selected to participate. The ideal candidate will be a mid-level professional and/or manager with experience managing one or more direct reports for one year or more.

Effective Impact pairs participating mentees with Network 2000 members, accomplished, high-level professionals from various industries, who have demonstrated a significant commitment to community service and mentorship. The pairing is based on mentees’ career field and their professional goals. Network 2000 mentors are corporate executives, entrepreneurs, law partners and nonprofit leaders, and have included Paula Singer, president of Laureate Education, Inc., and the Honorable Susan Gauvey, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court.

The cost to participate in Effective Impact is $1,500 per mentee. Financial aid scholarships are available. The deadline to submit applications is Feb. 6.

Network 2000 is a statewide not-for-profit organization in Maryland composed of professional women and men. The organization initiates, supports and engages in activities to prepare and promote women to achieve their full professional potential. Network 2000 seeks to place women on corporate and not-for-profit boards and educates the public on the benefits of having women in decision-making positions. Members serve as role models and mentor to women seeking to advance their career.