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October 27 and December 13, 2021 -  Upcoming WGCC Mentoring Program Event

Mentors and Mentees, please mark your calendars. Our next WGCC Mentoring Program (virtual) event will take place on October 27,2021 from 1:00pm to 1:45pm (EST).

The final Mentoring Program (virtual) event will take place December 13, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 1:45pm (EST).

June 4, 2021 – Using Hope and Humour as Core Traits of Resilience 

      in partnership with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

The second of the group Mentoring Program sessions provided an uplifting twist to Building Resilience during the COVID lockdown by identifying Hope and Humour as core leadership traits. The session was grounded in a Ted Talk video, followed by breakout groups moderated by Mentors to explore how Hope and Humour could help build resistance and enhance executive roles.

March 18, 2021 - WGCC Community of Mentors and Mentees Launched

                             in partnership with Blakes Cassels & Graydon LLP

WGCC is excited to announce the successful launch of our inaugural WGCC Executive Mentorship Program, which took place on March 18, 2021. Dorothy Quann (Emeritus Director) and Hilda Wong (Treasurer) co-hosted the virtual event, in partnership with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, to welcome our mentors and mentees to the Program. To further our commitment to help women in general counsel and legal executive roles succeed, we have paired 13 Senior General Counsel (mentors) with 13 General Counsel new to the role (mentees) to share career challenges and leverage experiences.  Together they create a WGCC Community of Mentors and Mentees.   

In this first of three group Program sessions, 22 participants were divided into groups to share a positive experience from the COVID lockdown and to discuss any changes in one’s ability to respond to ambiguity as a result of the COVID disruption.  Our mentors and mentees each received a Guide for the WGCC Mentorship Program 2021, which includes a sampling of topics relevant to General Counsel.  In between the group sessions, mentee-mentor conversation will continue.


WGCC Executive Mentorship Program is distinguishing itself from other mentoring programs by exploring, in a safe space, issues that are directly applicable to a General Counsel new in the role.  We will continue to connect women General Counsel to uplift and empower women in legal executive roles.



March 1, 2021 – Meet our WGCC Community of Mentors and Mentees

WGCC is pleased to share with you the members of our WGCC Community of Mentors and Mentees:

 Maria Balafoutis   Stacey O’Dea  
 Trish Callon 
 Ellen Pekilis  
 Loreley Chekav 
 Christine Porretta  
 Andrea Cotroneo
  Tracey Primmer  
 Marni Dicker 
 Paula Rietta  
 Kathleen Flynn 
 Mary Ruby  
 Deborah Greenberg 
 Catherine Scott  
 Wendy Kennish
 Ira Shatzmiller  
 Marlo Kravetsky 
 Julia Shin Doi  
 Catherine Lau 
 Christine Silversides  
 Jolie Lin
  Alena Thouin 
 Mary Martin
  Barbara White  
 Karin McCaskill Erin Zipes 









February 8, 2021 -- Women GCs Mentoring Women GCs

REGISTRATION IS FULL 

WGCC is excited to announce the launch of our inaugural WGCC Mentorship Program as part of our commitment to help women General Counsel succeed professionally.Many of our Members mention the value of having support as they move into executive legal positions, and the benefit of meeting and learning from Members who are more tenured in their roles. In response to the unique needs of our Members, we are launching our inaugural "Women GCs Mentoring Women GCs” which will pair senior GC’s (Mentors) with GC’s new in their role (Mentees), to share career challenges and leverage experiences. WGCC has hired a MentorProgram Coordinator.

Mentee Registration (February 1 to 26, 2021) Members with less than 3 years’ experience as a General Counsel are invited to register. In our first year, we will welcome 12 Mentees, selected on a first-come basis.

Mentorship Period (March to December 2021) Members who have been selected as Mentees will be introduced in early March to their Mentors and provided with details of the program kick-off.

Mentee registration details can be found here

January 28, 2021 – WGCC Executive Mentorship Program Introduced

WGCC announces the WGCC Executive Mentorship Program at our Annual General Meeting.  The Program will distinguish itself from other mentoring programs by exploring, in a safe space, issues that are directly applicable to a General Counsel new in the role. Senior General Counsel helping General Counsel new to the role succeed professionally, and together create a WGCC Community of Mentors and Mentees.  Registration to take place in February 2021. The Program will run from March to December 2021.



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