Our Mentoring Program

The Latina Mentoring Academy is a five-month program that brings together Latinas in a variety of career stages for a unique professional development experience, combining professional mentorship with culturally relevant workshops and civic engagement.

Now in its 11th cycle, LMA is the only program of its kind in the state of Ohio. Corporations and organizations at the state and local levels have recognized LMA as a leading resource for the development of Latina talent.

Applications for the 2020 cycle are now open! Please follow this mentee application link or the mentor application link.

Applications are due April 16, 2020.

Annually, approximately 10 individuals are selected from a competitive pool of applicants. The result is a class of Latina professionals who are ready to hone their leadership skills and talents, and become active and influential leaders within the Latino community and beyond.

The program has four major components:

Mentorship: Each participant is paired with a professional mentor for the duration of the program. Mentee-mentor pairings are made on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, needs of the mentee as expressed through the application, shared personality traits, mutual background experiences, mentoring style of the mentor, and shared interests.

The goal of the mentor relationship is for it to be successful and beneficial to both the mentee and mentor. Each mentor relationship will establish the goal for their relationship. Ideally, each participant will achieve one or two short-term career goals during the program with guidance from a seasoned professional.

Overnight Retreat: In June, after a mentor-mentee mixer to kick-off the program, participants attend a mandatory overnight retreat. The retreat helps participants get to know each other, develop a cycle identity, and begin their journey of personal and professional growth.

Workshops/Sessions: The overnight retreat is complemented by nine bi-weekly evening workshops. Workshops are led by field experts. Session topics have evolved over the years to truly reflect the mission and vision of LMA, but topics have included public speaking, personal branding, money management, personal leadership styles, and community stewardship.

Community Impact Project: The final component of the program is the community impact project. Participants are split into smaller groups based on a shared passion or interest. Each group works to develop a project that will positively impact the Latino community. Each group presents their project at an open-to-the-public event in September. One project is selected by LMA staff to be implemented the following calendar year.

The goals of the community impact project are to expand our participants’ knowledge of our community’s services/resources and their respective needs/challenges, and for the participant to hone her leadership, management and team building skills in addressing a need or formulating a solution to a challenge.

Program Time Commitment

This year's program will run May – October 2020.

All sessions including the overnight retreat are MANDATORY. Participants who miss more than one workshop/session may be asked to leave the program. Any participant that arrives after 6:30 pm or leaves before 8:00 pm is absent for that respective workshop/session.

In addition to the bi-weekly workshops/sessions, participants are involved in a community impact project and monthly mentor meetings. Time devoted to the project is outside of the regular curriculum and varies according to the project scope. Participants can expect to spend a minimum of 2-4 hours per week on average, with the majority of project work occurring during mid-July to late-September. Monthly mentor meetings are also outside of the regular curriculum and vary depending on the nature of the relationship.

Mandatory Dates/Times

Mentor/Mentee Mixer  Thursday, May 21st  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Overnight Retreat  Saturday, June 6th –  

Sunday, June 7th 

9:00 am (Sat) –  

3:00 pm (Sun) 

Session 1  Thursday, June 11th  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Session 2  Thursday, June 25th   6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Session 3  Thursday, July 9th  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Session 4  Saturday, July 18th  9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Session 5  Thursday, July 23rd   6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Summer Mixer (not required) Thursday, July 30th  6:00 pm -8:00 pm
Session 6  Thursday, August 6th   6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Session 7  Thursday, August 20th 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Session 8  Thursday, September 3rd  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Community Impact Project  Thursday, September 17th 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Reflection Thursday, October 1st  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Graduation  Thursday, October 8th 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 

Mentor Time Commitment

This year's program will run May – October 2020.

While all sessions including the overnight retreat are MANDATORY for program participants, mentors are only required to attend five specific sessions (see below).

In addition to the five required sessions, mentors must engage with their mentees for monthly mentor meetings. Monthly mentor meetings are outside of the regular curriculum and vary depending on the nature of the relationship; however, each mentor should, at minimum, meet with their mentee in person, for at least an hour, at four different instances throughout the duration of the program.

You and your mentee will set dates and times. However, we suggest that you move your mentoring relationship beyond just sit down meetings. For example, you and your mentee could attend a networking event together, you could have your mentee shadow you for a day, or you could invite your mentee to a professional development workshop or speaker event.

Mandatory Dates/Times

Mentor/Mentee Mixer Thursday, May 21st 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Summer Mixer (not required) Thursday, July 30th 6:00 pm -8:00 pm
Community Impact Project Thursday, September 17th 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Graduation Thursday, October 8th 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Mentor Celebration and Debrief TBD 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Ideal Candidates

The ideal mentor is a seasoned professional with prior mentoring experience that has the availability to attend all the required dates as outlined in the mentor application.

The ideal mentee has at least five years of professional experience, has an interest in her own professional development, and has the availability to attend all the required sessions as outlined in the mentee application.

2020 Application Information

The typical application consists of an online application and the following items:

  • Resume (2 pages max.)
  • Professional Biography (180 words max.)
  • Professional Photograph

    Applications for the 2020 cycle are now open! Please follow this mentee application link or the mentor application link.

    Applications are due April 16, 2020.

The completed application serves as the sole source of information used in our selection process. Therefore, it is critical that the application is thoroughly and thoughtfully completed. As such, incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Latina Mentoring Academy reserves the right if deemed necessary, to conduct phone interviews of interested applicants. All applicants will receive notice as to the status of their application by Thursday, May 7, 2020.


Recruitment Period: February 20 - April 16, 2020

Application Available: Thursday, February 20, 2020

Application Deadline: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Status Notice to Applicants: Thursday, May 7, 2020

Deadline to Respond to Status Notice: Thursday, May 14, 2020

Program Schedule: May 31 - October 4, 2020

Mentor Schedule: May 24 - October 18, 2020