Peer Mentor Program

Some of the most successful communications professionals credit mentors for helping to guide their path. WCA’s Peer Mentor Program pairs you with other members who can assist you with any stage of your career. Mentors are available to listen and offer feedback based on their own professional and personal experiences. For those who volunteer to serve as mentors, this is a great way to develop leadership skills.

Women Communicators of Austin’s Peer Mentor Program is a “win-win.”

Mentees benefit from personalized guidance, whether through answers to quick questions, specific career guidance or longer term mentoring. Identifying peer mentors who can guide you for a limited period of time or for the longer haul can be the smartest way to advance professionally throughout your career. Our mentors also serve our student members by giving them a chance to tap into the advice, job search and networking guidance of a seasoned professional. 

The program also gives members the opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise and act as a “sounding board” by serving as a peer mentor to help other members with professional development and career advancement. WCA Peer Mentors gain a chance to build their leadership skills, along with the personal reward of potentially shaping someone’s path to success.

Have career questions or need deeper insights? See our Ask a Mentor blog.

 

Everyone can be a mentee.

Whether you’re a student or already working, a stay-at-home parent choosing to go back to work in communications or wanting to change direction, students and professional members can be a mentee (i.e., request a peer mentor). Learn more with our Demystifying Mentorship for Mentees handout.

Ready for a mentor?
Meet the Mentors

Questions?– Email careers@wcaustin.org.

Everyone can mentor.

No matter your years of experience, role in communications, or familiarity with other fields, you can be a mentor. Mentoring can take place anywhere – whether it’s face-to-face over coffee, lunch or happy hour; video chat; or via email or phone. Professional members can mentor students or other professional members. Learn more with our Demystifying Mentorship for Mentors handout.

Ready to become a WCA Peer Mentor?
Fill out this form.

Program Guidelines


What WCA’s Peer Mentors can do:

  • Speed mentoring.
  • Short term mentoring: Guidance on a specific topic requiring limited involvement – for instance, what subjects should a student take for a career in communications; where to intern; or assistance through a job application and interview process.
  • Longer term mentoring: students looking for on-going career guidance; professionals looking to brainstorm and implement career moves, discuss challenges at work, or find a sounding board for creative development.
  • Help mentees answer a series of questions to gain clarity on their talents, strengths, and career interests. This can be part of a short or long term mentoring arrangement.
  • Provide honest feedback about cover letters, portfolios, and other professional materials. This can be part of a short or long term mentoring arrangement.

What WCA Peer Mentors cannot do:

  • Provide professional-grade career coaching sessions. WCA has many qualified members who can provide that service.
  • Provide specific logistical assistance in starting or revamping a business venture.
  • Provide any kind of psychological input or feedback beyond a friendly ear and helpful suggestions based on their own professional experiences.

Meet the Mentors

Meet the mentors who have generously volunteered their time to assist you. Once you have identified a mentor with whom you’d like to work, please complete the form below to request her; she will assist you subject to her availability. If she is unable to assist you at this time, we will ensure that you are matched. If you are not sure who would be suitable, you may leave the mentor field blank and we’ll match you with a mentor we believe will fit your needs.

Feedback is welcome! If you have comments or need support with your mentor relationship, please contact careers@wcaustin.org for guidance.

Barbara Springer

Retired

Barbara has over 30 years of professional experience working for software and hardware technology companies, including Intel, Dell, Novell, SAS Institute and several start-ups. She has extensive experience with system engineering, training, customer service/technical support, marketing, business development, event planning, strategic alliances and account management.

Christine Moline

Communications and Organizing Strategist, Dashboard Priorities Christine is a strategic consultant with experience in project management, public relations and copywriting for marketing communication. She currently serves clients with editing and operations management....

Clarisa Ramirez

Clarisa is the Digital & Social Media Lead of Austin Board of REALTORS®  Clarisa is a multimedia journalist who has worked as in-house as a professional storyteller for both national and local nonprofits. Before joining the Austin Board of...

Erin Huddleston

Assistant Director, UT Austin McCombs School of Business - Erin is a strategic professional whose experience spans public relations, marketing, social media, fundraising, program management, event planning, and community outreach.  She is currently the Assistant...

Gina Helfrich

Gina Helfrich, Ph.D. Communications Director and Program Manager for Diversity & Inclusion NumFOCUS Gina has over 10 years of professional communications experience spanning nonprofits, technology, higher education, and entrepreneurship. She is an expert in...

Jan Gunter

Communications and Community Relations Director, The Salvation Army, Austin Area Command - Jan is an ENFJ (for those familiar with Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and is passionate about connecting with others. With a work ethic developed in the family beekeeping...

Jane Baxter Lynn

Principal, JBL Strategies; Women Communicators of Austin Career Services Mentor Program Leader Jane is an experienced strategic planner, facilitator and professional communicator.  She has spent three decades in global, national and regional communications, marketing...

Jennifer Stayton

"Morning Edition" Host, KUT 90.5 FM - Jennifer is a native Austinite with over 20 years of experience as a radio broadcaster. She has worked in both public and commercial radio as a host, newscast anchor, interviewer, news reporter, DJ, producer, writer, editor, news...

Jenny L. Magic

Jenny has spent almost two decades in content marketing and over 30 years as the “top man” of the three-high family waterski pyramids. One definitely requires more agility, but she’s not telling. Jenny is a strategy consultant for agencies like Convince & Convert,...

Julie Tereshchuk

Editor-in-Chief, Texas Lifestyle Magazine In 2002, Julie took a leap off a cliff, landed intact, and has gone on to become an award-winning freelance magazine writer and book editor. In November 2014 she took on her current role as Editor-in-Chief of Texas Lifestyle...

Julie Wickert

Principal, True Story Communication - Julie is a longtime communications professional with a technical writing background and a knack for capturing the essential marketing messages and the stories that substantiate them. She has extensive experience in proposal...

Katie Pariseau

Director of Learning & Development, TrendKite - Katie has been lucky enough to work for boutique advertising agencies as small as 10 to GSD&M with 600+ employees. She's also worked in MarCom roles at Dell and AMD, and in Sales Enablement at AMD and startups...

LuAnn Glowacz

Freelance/Contract Executive Ghost Writer & Editor, WordCove - LuAnn has mastered the art of working from home in her pajamas, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. After 15 years in agencies and in non-profit, technology and healthcare PR, she decided to slow...

Margaret Barry

Owner and Principal, Exit 6 Communications Margaret is an award-winning marketing strategist whose entire career has been in marketing for nonprofit organizations. Before moving to Austin, Margaret led marketing strategy and implementation for five top business...

Mary Ann Roser

Founder and chief, Roser Prose, LLC. After a decades-long journalism career in Kentucky, Washington, D.C., and Texas, Mary Ann transferred her writing, editing and interviewing skills to Roser Prose, LLC, a communications consulting company she created in mid-2016....
Mary Anne Connolly

Mary Anne Connolly

Founder/Chief Creative, MACMedia - Mary Anne has spent nearly 20 years in journalism – the first 10 in New York as a production associate for ABC News’ 20/20 and John Stossel Specials; then as a newsmagazine producer for FOX News at FOX Files and the Fox News Channel....
Maura Thomas

Maura Thomas

Founder and Chief Trainer at RegainYourTime.com - Maura is an international speaker and trainer on productivity, attention, and effectiveness for clients such as the American Heart Association, Honeywell, Dell, and L’Oreal. She is a TEDx Speaker, founder of...

Sandra Kleinsasser

Owner and Editor-in-Chief, WriteAustin.com - Sandra is a veteran journalist who left the news business after 30 years to reshape a career that needed some fresh air. Now, she is a freelance editor and writer who enjoys crafting success stories, blogs, newsletters and...

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In addition to guiding me through some important decision-making, my mentor shared her philosophies on living a more fulfilling life and connected me to some really amazing professionals who would later help benefit my career. I also owe her for helping me find my calling: supporting the Girls Empowerment Network, an organization we both care about. I now sit on the nonprofit's board! I am so thankful we have this group because it provides so much value to women of all ages. Everyone should have a mentor!

— Clarisa Ramirez, Digital & Social Media Lead, Austin Board of REALTORS®