Facebook today announced a partnership with Box and Pinterest, creating WEST — Women Entering and Staying in Tech.
Facebook discussed the new program in a blog post:
Today, Box, Facebook, and Pinterest are announcing that we have come together to create WEST (Women Entering and Staying in Tech), a one-on-one mentorship program to help more women enter and flourish in these increasingly important technical roles. By bringing experienced women from top technology companies across the industry together, we hope to build and maintain a new kind of mentorship program informed by the kind of work women are doing day-to-day and the most exciting opportunities becoming available in tech.
Facebook cited U.S. Census Bureau data, showing that women’s representation in tech occupations has been declining since the 1990s. Participants in the 2015 pilot of the WEST program will be early- to mid-career women in the San Francisco Bay Area. The range of applicants can go from those beginning careers in tech as interns to mid-career women looking to further growth or take the next step.
The pilot will focus on engineering, operations, product, design and web development roles. Women in technical roles from the three companies will serve as one-on-one mentors for the WEST class of women chosen. They’ll meet with the mentees individually, as a group, in person and online, over the course of a year.
For more information, and to be notified when the application process for 2015 opens, visit www.westmentors.org.