Women & Leadership P2P Mastermind Facilitator Information

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P2P Mastermind Call for Volunteer Facilitators

ILA is currently accepting applications for facilitators to lead the peer mentoring program, P2P Masterminds. Please read the information below before click to apply by 15 January 2024.  

Information Sessions for Facilitators

Key Dates

  • Wednesday, 13 December 2023, from 12 noon – 1 pm Eastern Time
  • Wednesday, 10 January 2024, from 12 noon – 1 pm Eastern Time
  • Facilitator interest deadline: Monday, 15 January 2024
  • Website posting: Monday, 22 January 2024
  • Participant Deadline 9 February 2024
  • Participant notified: Monday, 12 February 2024
  • Cohorts begin in March 2024

About Peer Mentoring Groups

P2P (peer-to-peer) is a cohort mentoring opportunity for ILA Women & Leadership community members. The purpose of the program is to help members move through professional growth and challenges using the Mastermind format. Masterminds offer brainstorming, collective and creative thinking, peer accountability, and support in a group setting. Members challenge each other to set and accomplish goals.

A facilitator starts and runs the group, adhering to an agenda so that conversations stay on course. The facilitator ensures a culture of accountability is created and practiced. She also can be a resource to the cohort.

The group requires commitment, confidentiality, willingness to both give and receive advice and ideas, and to support each other with total honesty, respect, and compassion. Mastermind group members act as catalysts for growth, devil’s advocates and encouraging colleagues.

The concept of the “master mind alliance” was introduced by Napoleon Hill one hundred years ago. It’s been shortened and modernized to “mastermind group.”

About the P2P Facilitator Role

Please note: the facilitator is also an active participant in the Mastermind group.

The facilitator manages the logistics and sets the tone of the cohort. She opens each meeting and sets the agenda. The facilitator ensures that ground rules are established, and that all members are equally heard. She is the timekeeper, responsible for keeping the meeting on track and ending on time. The facilitator is responsible for setting up a communication plan that works best with the group. Logistically, the facilitator sends out the video conference link for each meeting (working with ILA if need be). The facilitator can also be a resource for the members.

The time and day of the month of each meeting is established by the facilitator when completing the application. Group members apply knowing the topic, day, and time.

We ask that facilitators provide a one-paragraph description of their cohort topic and description of who should participate.

Developing Your Proposed Group Cohort Idea

Cohorts are formed around a common theme, which can be by industry, stage of career, or leadership competency. Examples include:

Women in mid-level corporate, in established consulting business, or on tenure track in academia

Stage of Career
Women at mid-career and looking for what’s next, looking toward retirement in the next five years, or balancing parenting with tweens/teens

Leadership Competency
Enhancing listening and communication skills, understanding politics of an organization, or taking risks and moving outside one’s comfort zone

Last year’s topics were:

  • Women in Governance
  • Women in Consulting
  • Active Listening and Team Communication
  • Mid-Career (two groups)


  • Each group is comprised of six members, including the facilitator (who is also a participant)
  • The cohorts meet once a month for eight months. The time and day of the month is determined by the facilitator.
  • The groups meet for 90-120 minutes, depending on the decision of the facilitator. The first session in March 2024 begins with introductions of the group members. The final season is in November 2024 and is a wrap-up of the program.
  • Begin with a check-in for each person (generally three minutes each).
  • Accountability Goal: Each person gives an update on her challenge (generally ten minutes each). Example – “At the last session I talked about how I want to take on more responsibility on the Jefferson Project. I created talking points to bring to my manager about the benefits of having me do so. I have set up a meeting with her for next week to formally present my request.” The group can ask questions and offer insight. Each person sets a new/modified/continued accountability goal for the next session.
  • At each session one person is in the Hot Seat, which allows her to present a challenge and go deep into problem-solving with her peers (generally 20-30 minutes).
  • If time allows, the facilitator introduces an educational component for discussion. For example, EQ and working remote, your personal brand and its impact on your leadership, or follow-up information from the previous session discussion.

Sample Meeting Agenda


What’s new since our last meeting


Accountability Goal update
Each member has 10 minutes which includes Q&A from others


Hot Seat
Deep dive into one member’s challenge