Encourage Her 


Get lifelong mentors. Explore your passions. Build your community.

The Program

Encourage Her is a mentorship program for self-identifying women, non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals. The program takes place over an entire academic year (Sept. - May.) and provides an experience like no other for 1st and 2nd year university students for free.


If you are a first generation student, in a STEM/Finance related field, and/or a person of color, we highly encourage you to apply. We stand ready to support you in your journey! 

4 Key Components

Our 2020-21 curriculum is themed HerToolkit, featuring practical confidence-building tools, virtual company projects spanning a variety of fields, and opportunities for international networking. 

Primary Mentor
Personal Mentorship
Secondary Mentor
Setting Goals
Being Quotable
Speak Your Power
Role Model 
Connect Her & Ally Speakers
Program Partners

Live Speaker Glimpse

Sonali Wilson
Executive VP Pimco
Rita Fuller
Head of Data Science NY Life Insurance
Caryn Lemur
Senior Management Consultant IBM

We Have Your New Mentor

Apply Next Year!

Check to make sure you're eligible! Encourage Her currently runs at 10 universities in 5 different countries worldwide. If your university is not on the list, consider becoming a Primary Mentor and starting an Encourage Her program at your university. Join our Early Mentor list to be notified when our next mentor application cycle opens.

The Application Process

Our application process starts September 1st and ends October 4th. The deadline may be extended for specific universities. The application is not based on academic criteria; it is meant to help our mentors get to know you and what you want to get out of this program. Be yourself!

The 2020-21 Application Cycle is closed! We will be open for new applications Sept. 1st 2021.

-Sanjana Madhu, Stevens IT Former Mentee

"Without a doubt, EWAAB was the most formative experience of my freshman year, and I encourage everyone to apply.”

Student Selection

We want all students to be able to participate in the program; however, we are limited to the number of mentors available at each university. Each Primary Mentor will select 3-5 mentees from the application pool to participate in the program for the entire year.


The program is for first and second year women (cis-gendered, trans-gendered, women-identified), non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals. Mentors are looking for students that will benefit most from this program. For example if you identify as one or more of the following: 


  • Looking to strengthen your confidence and gain experience

  • Studying a traditionally male-dominated field (STEM or Finance) 

  • First generation or from a non-traditional education background

  • A person of color 


Students will be notified by the Primary Mentor of their application outcome after the decision period closes. Sessions will begin shortly after.

EWAAB believes that diversity and inclusiveness are the cornerstones of the organization's success. We are dedicated to supporting and connecting with women, nonbinary and gender non-conforming people of all races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, disabilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and nationalities.

Proudly sponsored by 100 Women in Finance, a global association for finance professionals

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EWAAB is a 501(c)(3) organization.