Woman to Woman Mentoring

w2wcakeThorpeWood was recently the site of the graduation celebration for the Woman to Woman Mentoring program.  We have hosted this dinner and ceremony before, and it is always a wonderful experience!  We were honored to welcome this fantastic group back to celebrate another graduating class of mentees.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the organization, Woman to Woman Mentoring (W2WM) offers the opportunity of a mentoring relationship for young women (ages 18 to 35) who are seeking support, guidance and encouragement to help them define goals and plans, overcome obstacles and achieve personal and professional success.  During a 10 month program, W2WM matches up Mentee with a Mentor who provides one-to-one mentoring – at least four hours a month – in a program that runs from September to June.  The program has been so successful, that in February 2014 , W2WM offered a second grouping of Mentees who will complete their program in ten months.  Additional learning, networking and skill enhancing workshops are offered throughout the year, and a graduation ceremony takes place at the end of each program year.  You can learn more about this wonderful organization by clicking here.

The graduation ceremony and celebration was wonderful and ThorpeWood was honored to be a part of it.  Thew2wboard days following the event saw another opportunity for ThorpeWood to connect with this worthwhile organization when we served as the site for their advisory board planning session and retreat.  Led by the wonderful Julie Kuhn Gaver, the advisory board spent the day surrounded by our natural beauty and planning what the next few years holds in store for W2WM.

And finally, we wanted to share a special fundraising opportunity for W2WM sponsored by Magoo’s Pub & Eatery in downtown Frederick.  Every Thursday in the month of June, Magoo’s will donate 10% of that Thursday’s income to Woman to Woman Mentoring.  So plan to have lunch or w2wdinner out on Thursdays this month and support this wonderful organization and the fantastic young women they serve.

One last note, our very own Julie Parlaman-Castleman has been the Chairwoman of the W2WM Advisory Board for the past 2 years. She will be ending her term as Chair, but will continue as an active member of this Board.