Mentorship Pilot

Program Information

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The ICSEW Mentorship Pilot has officially launched!

The aim of the pilot is to ultimately create a mentorship program to better the lives of state employees through leadership, integrity, fostering growth, empowerment, wellbeing and advocacy.

About the Pilot:

We are conducting a six-month pilot. During this time, mentor-mentee pairs will meet regularly. Mentors will use their experience and leadership to nurture the professional development and personal growth of their mentee. Mentees will use their time with their mentor to identify and work on personal or professional goals and receive guidance.

The subcommittee will also manage risks and validate benefits, in order to recommend a full-scale statewide mentorship program. Another goal is to provide guidelines, tips and best practices for making mentoring a statewide practice.

Note: The application and recruitment period is now closed. If any mentor/mentee vacancies open, ICSEW will post the recruitment notice on its blog and social media. 

For Participants

All scheduled meetings will take place via Zoom. A representative from the ICSEW Mentorship subcommittee will send the invitations to the Zoom meetings to approved participants via email.

All participants will receive a handbook that explains the program structure and expectations.

Download the handbook: Mentorship Handbook July 2020

Scheduled Meetings

Orientation/launch: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10 am-noon and Tuesday, July 28, 2020 1pm-3 pm

  • Participants get to know each other, explanation of guidelines and expectations

Midpoint Evaluation

  • Participants will receive a questionnaire for self-evaluation at the end of October.
  • Optional discussion meeting. Information is coming soon.

Endpoint Meeting: March 2021 

  • Recognize participants
  • Provide final program evaluation
  • Feedback used to adjust programming prior to statewide rollout proposal

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the mentoring take place?
  • Mentoring can take place during work hours with supervisor approval. The mentors/mentees will determine their own schedules. Overtime eligible employees are not compensated for work outside of normal work hours. The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women is like a Business Resource Group (BRG) and has been in place for more than 60 years. Agencies support it through time, supplies, sponsorships, and donations per Executive Order 16-04.
Can non-ICSEW members participate?
  • Over the last couple of years, the mentorship subcommittee spoke with several state employees from different agencies who agreed on the need for a mentorship program regardless of ICSEW membership. Therefore, both ICSEW members and nonmembers can participate. The success of the program will depend on this.
What meetings am I expected to attend during the pilot?
  • The orientation and closing meetings are required. There will be optional theme meetings, which participants are not required to attend. There is a potential, optional mid-point meeting. The Mentorship Subcommittee Chair will send a notice to mentorship pilot participants.
How often will I need to meet with my mentor/mentee?
  • The orientation, midpoint and closing meetings are required. There will be optional theme meetings, which participants are not required to attend.
What type of commitment is involved for mentors/mentees?
  • The success of the pilot will depend on the quality recommendations we are able to gather from this project. Thus, plan to attend the three group meetings (orientation, mid-point, and closing), and your scheduled meetings with your mentor, and mentee.
Who can I contact if I have questions? 

Please contact the Mentorship Subcommittee Chair, Laurel Haas – and she will discuss options with you.

You can also contact one of our mentorship advisors:

Ayanna Coleman:

Linda Tilson:

Marcia Zitelman:

Cyndi Comfort:

Participating Agencies

The ICSEW Interagency Mentorship Pilot Program has more than 40 participants from the following agencies:

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises

Washington State Office of Financial Management

Washington State Patrol

Department of Licensing

Employment Security Department

Washington State Parks 

Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office

Washington State Department of Corrections

Washington State Department of Enterprise Services

Washington Student Achievement Council

Washington State Department of Transportation

Washington State Department of Commerce

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Washington State Department of Revenue

Washington State Auditor