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Mentorship 2024 Now Open for Applications

The Vinequity Mentorship Program is now taking applications for the 2024 mentorship term. Those interested in applying can do so here.

Applications are being accepted from November 1, 2023 through to and including November 24, 2023. Successful applicants will be announced on December 15, 2023.

More on the Vinequity Mentorship Program

If successful as a mentorship applicant, you will get a chance to receive rare one-on-one career advice and coaching in the fields of wine service and restaurant management; wine writing and judging; wine education and more!

What to expect from Mentorship

Let us share a bit about what to expect from participating in our mentorship program.

There is no such thing as too little or too much experience when considering if you can benefit from mentorship. We have mentors poised to help no matter if you are brand new to the industry or an established veteran. Candidates who are selected are matched with a mentor who best matches your expressed areas of interest and your key goals.

Your mentor is an advisor and champion who will help you over the course of the next year. They can help you strategize a way forward through a particular certification level or stage of your career. While many of our participants do find themselves with new work opportunities during the mentorship term, the primary goal of our mentorship program is not job placement. Mentors can help you network more effectively and help you position yourself to potential employers, business partners and the like.

While mentors bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the dynamic, the process is ultimately driven by you, the mentee. You set the goals and define the type of support you need.

Vinequity will provide tools and tips along the way to ensure a successful experience, and we remain a resource for any additional support as needed.

Who is eligible?

  • Anyone who identifies as BIPOC and is pursuing a career or advanced education in wine / winemaking is encouraged to apply

  • Candidates will be selected by Vinequity and the Mentorship team

  • Spaces are limited per term, so candidates are encouraged to reapply in subsequent terms

Where and when does mentorship take place?

  • There are two (2) types of mentorship programs being offered:

    • Intensive subject bootcamps led by one of our mentors for a small group of three to four mentees

    • Five (5) one-on-one, mentorship placements, starting January through to December, 2024

      • Successful mentorship candidates will receive the opportunity for up to 24 one-on-one Zoom sessions with their Mentor placement (that’s one call every other week for 12 months).

If you have questions about the application process, please contact us here and one of the Vinequity mentorship facilitators will get back to you.



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