SIILK Mentorship Program

 

The Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) coordinates the SIILK (Sustainable & Impact Investing Learning and Knowledge) Network, which brings together students, faculty, administrators, trustees, and financial professionals on campuses across the country involved with student-managed sustainable investing funds and sustainable investing curriculum development.  Participants share best practices, resources, and curricula and undertake other activities to support sustainable investing education.

A component of this work is a mentorship program for pairing students with experts from the sustainable investing industry to provide real-world experience in sustainable investing and build their professional networks. The mentorship program aims to engage students with diverse backgrounds and experiences, including students of color and low-income students; with a goal of creating a more diverse pipeline of finance professionals with a solid grasp on sustainable investing.

 

Participant Roles & Responsibilities

Mentees are expected to:

  • Develop with their mentor a set of tangible and feasible goals to complete within the term of the mentorship (i.e. establish ESG criteria for student-managed fund, introduce impact investing unit to finance course, host half-day event on sustainable investing);
  • Schedule and attend phone or in-person meetings with their mentor once a month to update them on progress in relation to their set goals and request feedback;
  • Share the results of their mentorship with The SIILK Network and IEN more broadly through a blog post, report, case study, or other deliverable(s).

Mentors are expected to:

  • Help their mentee develop a set of tangible and feasible goals for the formal mentorship period that leverage their expertise;
  • Offer ongoing support and guidance to their mentee, both in relation to those goals and their broader career goals;
  • Connect with their mentee once a month over the term of the project;
  • Offer career advice, opportunities for informational interviews with colleagues, and access to relevant educational materials.

 

Selection, Eligibility, & Term

Participants in the program are selected and matched by IEN staff based on applications received through an annual call for mentors and mentees. Participation as a mentor or mentee is a one-year commitment, with required monthly calls to check-in on progress.

In order to apply to be a mentor, an organization must be an IEN Member. A full member list and information on membership are available on the IEN website.

In order to apply to be a mentee, students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program with a demonstrated interest in sustainable investing.  

 

Benefits to Participants

Both mentors and mentees benefit from the Mentorship Program through development and enhancement of professional skill sets. Specifically,

Mentees benefit by:

  • Successfully implementing a project and developing new skills and expertise;
  • Having access to support and new perspectives throughout project development and overall career development;
  • Building their professional network.

Mentors benefit by:

  • Enhancing their leadership skills and developing a reputation as subject matter experts and leaders;
  • Deriving satisfaction from actively working toward the goal of creating a more diverse pipeline of finance professionals with a solid grasp on sustainable investing;
  • Receiving recognition from IEN as a mentor on our website and in mentorship program materials.

 

 Contact

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information and to apply, contact Nicole Torrico at nicole@intentionalendowments.org

 

 

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