Since the Community Mentors Program (CMP)'s inception in April 2017, we’ve grown to over 1378 members! Yes, you read that right - we've now crossed the 1K-mark for applicants!
We’re super excited to see how many of you are willing to contribute your precious time, energy and resources by committing to being either a mentor or mentee to someone else in the industry. A recurring theme we've seen on participants' application forms include “we want to pay it forward”, or “we want to give back.” It is so encouraging to see, and we hope you find the CMP a valuable platform to share, learn and grow with folks from around the world!
Cycle 4 - By the numbers!
In Cycle 4, we've successfully matched 61 (that’s right, triple the number of Cycle 2!) pairs with 1625.50 years of combined industry experience! That brings the total number of matches since program launch to 135 pairs total. Phenomenal indeed. Participants hail from over 35 countries, including: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab, UK, US and Zimbabwe. This cycle’s mentors and mentees have expertise in Azure, Business Applications/Intelligence, Cloud (e.g., Computing, Datacenter, Infrastructure, Operations), Collaboration Technologies, Cyber Security, Data Analytics, Data Platform, Data Science, Dynamics 365, End User Support/Technology, Information Security/ Technology, and Technical Marketing, to name a few.
Also, a big shout out to our Microsoft Valued Professionals in Cycle 4! We have 23 MVP mentors, and 7 MVP mentees, for a total of 30 MVPs! We appreciate your continued support of Microsoft’s programs, especially as it relates to Diversity and Tech. Many of you are passionate advocates and D&I champions within your own organizations and personal networks - your active social media tweets to help amplify our Diversity and Tech programs certainly do not go unnoticed!
We’re currently exploring new ways to recognize our MVPs participating in the CMP, as well as an initiative to award mentors for their work in current and future cycles! Stay tuned to this blog for more information to come.
Mentors and mentees: if you haven’t had a chance to take our mentor survey and mentee survey please take a few moments to fill it out so we can be sure to incorporate your feedback/input into our program. We're also accepting nominations for a quarterly Most Valuable Mentor award, so please be sure to complete your mentor/mentor evaluation after your cycle ends, then click here to submit a nomination for your mentor to win an award if you think he/she has truly positively impacted your life :) We'll be picking one winner quarterly so we're looking forward to receiving applications with compelling stories and concrete examples of how your mentor has empowered you to #AchieveMore!
Already part of the Community Mentors' Program but want to connect with other IT professionals in real-life? Come participate in one of the Microsoft Ignite | The Tour stops, which travels to 17 cities and reaches almost every continent!
Happy mentoring and see you at some corner of the world soon! 😊
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