A Mentorship Program For Women In Tech, Supported By Facebook, Pinterest and Box
Facebook, Pinterest and Box announced a mentorship program for women who are “in the early- to middle-stages of their technology careers.” The program, called WEST (Women Entering and Staying in Tech), will help those women build a successful career, and thrive in the industry.
The program is meant for women involved in roles like Engineering, Operations, Product, Design, and Web Development. It aims to support and guide them so that they could flourish in technical roles. WEST will provide one-on-one mentorship to women, and the mentors will be female employees from Facebook, Pinterest, and Box.
WEST will be launched as a pilot program in early 2015. The women who sign up for the program will have 1:1 interaction with their mentors, both online and in person. The program will go on for an year.
Diversity stats were released by many organizations earlier this year. The stats showed that almost all the tech firms needed to work in closing the gender gap. According to the stats, Pinterest had 40 percent females, Facebook had 31 percent, and Google and Twitter both had 30 percent females. eBay topped the list having 42 percent female employees.
Last year, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talked about the difficulties women face in trying to find good mentorship. In an interview with 60 Minutes Overtime, she said: “A man and a man at a bar at a hotel during a work trip, that looks like mentoring. A man and a woman at a bar at a hotel on a work trip, that doesn’t look like mentoring to anyone.”
Facebook has also been raising voice to close the gender gap in tech industry. At the announcement of WEST, the social media giant stressed on the mentorship need for women.
“We believe that by working together and providing more direct support, advocacy, and space for community development, we can create an impactful, scalable, one-on-one mentorship program to help women build and grow meaningful careers in tech,” said Facebook in a statement.
If you are a woman residing in Bay Area, you can get involved by filling a form available at WEST’s website.