The 3rd Annual AWM Connects mentorship program was held in December 2023. The program welcomed 15 mentees and mentors with a live session for general discussion followed by one-on-one conversations. The participants enjoyed the opportunity to meet and discuss issues pertinent to women in media including career advancement advice, expanding experience opportunities and more.

If you would like more information about the AWM Connects program, please contact with questions.

AWM Connects is an exciting virtual mentoring program that will connect young/new professionals with senior level executives throughout television, radio, and digital media.

The experience connects mentees and mentors in the one-time group event which includes breakout sessions for more in-depth conversation. Individuals are connected after the event based on interest and experience for an opportunity to talk one-on-one. In addition, each mentee will receive a complimentary AWM membership.

Mentors for past AWM Connects programs have been members of the AWM and AWM Foundation Board of Directors as well as high-level executives specifically selected to match up with the mentees that apply for the program.

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Praise for the AWM Connects program from Mentees:

“My motivation to join the AWM Connects program stems from a strategic intent to expand my network of accomplished women in media. After attending a Gracies Luncheon, I was inspired by the remarkable women I encountered, recognizing the immense knowledge-sharing potential within this community. I aspire to integrate my experiences and skills into Cabana Media’s vision, leveraging the invaluable learnings cultivated through the AWM Connects program.”

Ana Sarmiento Wandt, CEO, Cabana Publishing, Inc.
2023 AWM Connects Participant

“My initial meeting was very exciting! I was thrilled to share space with women who are working mom executives. I left feeling more knowledgeable and with book suggestions to continue on my road of refinement. Super grateful!”

Rhina Valentin, Founder/CEO, La Reina Del Barrio, Inc.
2023 AWM Connects Participant

“A lot of the advice I received came down to one word: Networking. Definitely something I needed to hear!”

Colleen Phelps, Music Director and Host, Louisville Public Media – Classical Louisville
2023 AWM Connects Participant

“As a reporter for the past 19 years, I’m trying to navigate the next step in my career and looked to AWM for advice. During the Connects program, I received a suggestion from an AWM board member that I used. It worked! I was able to make some progress. I’m looking forward to connecting further with my assigned AWM mentor.”

Kristin Thorne, Investigative Reporter, WABC
2023 AWM Connects Participant

“I am truly honored to have been selected for the AWM Connects program. I received invaluable insight from my mentor that helped refine my skills and explore new avenues for success. Thank you AWM Connects!”

Michelle Washington, TV Style Expert
2023 AWM Connects Participant

““During our program kick-off, someone shared the advice that you’re never going to get anything if you don’t give, and I’ve been thinking about that quite a bit. Although it was virtual, it was so easy to open up to other women during the program kick-off and I look forward to connecting with my assigned mentor very soon!”

Erin Dunlap, Chief of Staff, Central Revenue Organization, Audacy
2022 AWM Connects Participant

“I applied to the AWM Connects Program in hopes of connecting and learning from a supportive community of like-minded women within the media industry and I was met with passion and dedication from an incredibly welcoming group. My mentor has truly been an inspiration and has provided me with valuable insight on how to advance my career along with advice tailored to further my skill set.”

Marie Kittler, Video Producer, StudioNorth
2022 AWM Connects Participant

“The AWM Connects program gives me the opportunity to meet, share, and grow with women in media all over the country. The idea of growing my network outside of my own market is exciting, and I’ve already been inspired by the experiences and wisdom of the women I’ve connected with through the program. I’m looking forward to strengthening those connections.”

Alauna Yust, Producer, Rookwood Media
2022 AWM Connects Participant

“Relationship building is more important than networking. Think about forming genuine connections with people in your field. Don’t concentrate solely on what someone can do for you – but how you can help them as well.”

Diondra Brown, Content & Curriculum Manager, Twin Cities PBS
2022 AWM Connects Participant