Mentors: Women's Launch Pad

The Women's Launch Pad (WLP) is a Brown-based program that facilitates mentoring relationships between alumnae and female students in their senior year. The overarching goal of the program is to provide participants with the opportunity to make meaningful connections with other Brown women in various stages of life and career. Each WLP mentee is matched with a mentor who, by sharing personal experiences and advice, helps to guide her mentee in goal setting, career preparation, and personal life issues. In the 2015-2016 academic year we welcomed 165 mentoring pairs. The WLP community has grown to include over 1,400 Brown women and continues to connect women across generations, career paths, and all aspects of life after Brown.


Mentee Jo'Nella EllerbeMentee Jo'Nella Ellerbe

Mentors and mentees at the WLP training.Mentors and mentees at the WLP training.

Both mentees and mentors form discussion groups during the WLP training.Both mentees and mentors form discussion groups during the WLP training.


President Paxson with members from the WLC during the Kick Off event.President Paxson with members from the WLC during the Kick Off event.

Are you interested in becoming a mentor?

If you are interested in mentoring a senior class woman, please review the following guidelines for participation in the Women's Launch Pad as an alumna mentor.

  • Mentors must be willing to share thoughts, guidance, and perspective regarding life beyond Brown.
  • Commit to a minimum of six contacts with your mentee (via email, Skype, telephone, or in person) from October through April.
  • Commit to meeting your mentee in person at least once during the academic year.
  • Mentors who have graduated ten or more years ago are preferred; however, mentors who have graduated five to nine years ago will be considered based on the needs and interests of the mentee applicant pool.

If you would like to be added to our list of alumnae interested in mentoring a Brown student, please complete this form. You will be notified via email when the application process is open.

The  information provided will assist in the mentor/mentee pairing process. Please  note that mentor/mentee pairs are based on the student's preferences as  indicated on her application (e.g. career field, concentration, graduate school,  ethnicity, and living/working abroad). Therefore the program's specific mentoring needs will not be known until the mentee application review and  selection process concludes in mid-September.


To learn more about the program and to apply to become a mentor visit the WLP website. You can also email with questions.

To date, the Women's Launch Pad community is 1400+ women strong!