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1DF Presents: MentorHER Initiative

Connecting High Potential Young Women to Life-Changing Mentors

“Seventy percent of young women in the U.S. say they do not have a workplace mentor.”

— 1,000 Dreams Fund’s State of the American Girl Research

Young women in the U.S. need more mentors, whether in college or in the workplace, to help them reach their dreams. But mentors can be hard to find.

1,000 Dreams Fund’s MentorHER Day Initiative was created to begin a national dialogue about the importance of mentorship and its positive impact on the professional advancement of young women – especially those in most need – while connecting them with the right mentor for a high impact mentoring session.

This program serves as an unmatched pipeline opportunity for our corporate partners to team up and mentor the talented young women we serve.

Driven by a year-round effort to connect our partners companies and their employees to students for virtual mentoring sessions, our initiative culminates with MentorHER Day each fall – a series of local and virtual events reinforcing the notion that even a small amount of time can make a big impact.

“Thanks to MentorHER, I got my confidence back. I know that I’m going down the right path. I was able to talk to someone that had been all through the career- and ladder-climbing process. I now know that I can use being an out-of-the-box thinker as an asset. In fact, it will help me succeed through my career.”

— Student Participant in MentorHER Initiaitive

How It Works

We know that busy working professionals want to share their hard-won advice as mentors often have limited time to do so. Our MentorHER Initiative was created to help provide them an opportunity to do so!

All we ask from our selected mentors is to be available for a virtual 60 minute mentoring session.

  • Step 1: Call for mentors! Each September, the 1,000 Dreams Fund puts out a call for mentors. Most, if not all, of our mentors will come from our partner companies and organizations.
  • Step 2: Call for mentees! At the same time, we invite young women to apply to be mentored at partner universities and colleges nationwide.
  • Step 3: The Perfect Match! Using the results of custom questionnaire provided to both parties, 1DF makes the match and prepares each for their mentor session!

Get Involved

Pledge to invest in a young woman’s life. It only takes one hour to make a big difference. Let’s put 60 precious minutes to good use!


If you are a company interested in becoming an official sponsor of our MentorHER Initiative and series of live MentorHER Day 2020 this fall, please contact the 1,000 Dreams Fund for more information: partners@1000dreamsfund.org.

Check out who spoke at our inaugural MentorHER Day events in 2019:

Our Partners

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