A mentorship program by Women of Colour for Women of Colour

The WoCMentorWoC program is a nurturing, authentic, and inclusive experience aimed to support Women of Colour in their journeys through predominantly White professional spaces.

It honours the unique and distinct challenges faced by Women of Colour and provides a safe space to navigate them through the power of mentorship and community.

It recognises the value of having mentors who have experienced similar challenges and can offer guidance, encouragement, and validation.

The program fosters an environment of empathy and empowerment, helping Women of Colour feel valued, respected, and heard.


The WoCMentorWoC Program is a fully funded, no-cost-to-participants, online, six-month-long mentorship program supporting the personal and professional development of Women of Colour across Australia.

The program is a blend of peer coaching and one-on-one mentoring, with each month centered around a specific topic that is explored from diverse angles.

At the heart of the WoCMentorWoC Program are self-governed and group-powered mentor and mentee circles, where Women of Colour come together to engage in meaningful conversations, build connections, and offer each other valuable advice. These circles create a powerful network of support, empowering participants to take charge of their careers and become advocates for themselves and their communities.

Month 1 - February 2024
Theme - Mentoring and Community Building

> Who are we?
> What makes a good mentoring relationship?
> What are our individual and collective hopes and learning goals for this journey?

Circle dates: February 27 & 28

Month 2 - March 2024
Theme - Your Story

> What has shaped your life/career journey?
> What are the identities you live/carry? 
> How do your identities and life experiences influence the way you show up in work/life?  
> What lessons have you learned along the way?

Circle dates: March 26 & 27

Month 3 - April 2024
Theme - Resilience and Self Care

> How are you looking after yourself and building your resilience? 
> What do you find challenging in building/feeling resilience?
> What do you need to do build your own resilience and self-care practices?

Circle dates: April 16 & 17

Month 4 - May 2024
Theme - Building Networks

> What does your support network look like?
> What lessons have you learned about what it takes to build and sustain supportive relationships and networks?
> What gets in your way when it comes to building dynamic and mutually supportive networks?

Circle dates: May 28 & 29

Month 5 - June 2024
Theme - Future Possible Selves

> What are your values, strengths and dreams?
> What are the other “possible lives” you could have chosen/lived in your life?
> What have you learned about yourself and how to navigate new and different identities/pathways?

Circle dates: June 11 & 12

Month 6 - July 2024
Theme - Reflecting on the Journey

> How has the journey been for you?
> What appreciation and hopes do you have for others in the group?
> Where to from here?

Circle dates: July 2 & 3


Kick off and Closing - to be facilitated by a WoCA-provided coach.
Mentor Hour - ideally held after monthly mentor and mentee circles. The timing, length, and location agreed upon by the mentor/mentee. 
Mentor Circles and Mentee Circles - mentors are grouped with mentors and mentees are grouped with mentees. Participants stay within the same circle throughout the program. Circles are self-facilitated with detailed written guides provided by WoCA. Circles will meet each month before the 1:1 mentor/mentee meeting. The Circles are designed to encourage individual and collective reflection and learning, which in turn will enrich 1:1 mentoring conversations. There may be individual pre-work in the form of readings/videos and self-reflection prior to Circle meetings.
Theme for the month - slight variations in how themes will be explored in mentor vs mentee circles.

Frequently asked questions

Wondering how the program works? 

Dive into our FAQ for more details

For more information, email us wocmentorwoc@womenofcolour.org.au

When does the EOI close?The EOIs will close EOD, Sunday 10th December 2023

How much is the program fee?With thanks to our Sponsor, Bank Australia, Women of Colour Australia is able to offer the Program at no-cost. We do ask you to consider donating to our WoC Harm Prevention Fund so we can continue the important work that we do. Donate here.

Is there a cap on the number of program participants?Yes, there is. To ensure meaningful engagement, the maximum number is capped at 40 participants; 20 mentees, and 20 mentors.

How do the mentee and mentor circles work?There are 4 mentee circles and 4 mentor circles. Each circle will have 5 participants in it. All participants stay within the same circle throughout the program.

How long is the program?The entire program will run for six months from February 2024 to July 2024.

How long are the sessions for?- 1 hour one on one mentoring session x 6 months
- 75 minutes mentor circles x 6 months
- 75 minutes mentee circles x 6 months

When do I find out if I got accepted to the program?We will send Acceptance Letters around late January 2024 to early February 2024.

WoCMentorWoC Program is made possible with the support of Bank Australia through its Impact Fund program.

We exist to champion Australia’s Women of Colour through program of educations, community support initiatives, and advocacy work.


"Women of Color is not a biological designation. It is a solidarity definition. A commitment to work in collaboration with other oppressed women of color who have been minoritized. It is a term that has a lot of power." Loretta Ross


Women - Transgender and cisgender, all those who experience or have experienced oppression as women, including non-binary and gender non-conforming people and all those who identify as women. Self-definition is at the discretion of the individual.
Definition credit: wire.org.au


A - always centre the impacted
L - listen and learn from those who live in oppression
L - leverage your privilege
Y - yield the floor
*Mnemonic credit: Kayla Reed Executive Director ACTION St. Louis Follow Kayla Reed on Twitter @iKaylaReed

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