Women in Alternatives: In, Up and Beyond

UP: Fellowship Program for Mid-Career Women

The Women in Alternatives UP Fellowship Program fosters professional development for mid-career ethnically diverse women in alternative investments through targeted skill building and overall career guidance.

UP: Fellowship Program

The UP Fellowship Program was designed to help ethnically diverse women with 7-12 years of alternative investment industry experience rise UP in their careers.

The 6-month program focuses on career development and provides training, mentorship, and networking opportunities.


March through September

Who Should Apply

UP Fellows are mid-career ethnically diverse women with 7-12 years of experience in the alternative investments industry who are committed to growing their careers in alternatives.

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About the Program

The UP Fellowship Program has two significant components:

Mentorships: UP Fellows are paired with senior executive mentors from the alternative investment industry to create meaningful mentorship relationships. UP Fellows will meet with their mentors to discuss professional development for one hour a month during the 6-month program. This time can be spent asking questions, addressing challenges, exploring options for your career path and planning for your future. The meetings can take place on the phone, video conferences, or in person.

Workshops: UP Fellows will participate in a series of professional development workshops and webinars through the course of the 6-month program. These informative sessions are led by senior leaders in alternative investments and are held once a month for 1-2 hours. During the workshops, UP Fellows will learn how to:

  • Set clear career goals
  • Establish a professional development plan
  • Build your network in order to succeed
  • Develop strategies for navigating mid-career decisions
  • Position yourself to rise up through the ranks
  • Promote your personal brand
  • Create a portfolio to highlight your accomplishments

Hear from Previous Participants

UP: Fellowship Program

Mentoring is a key component of the UP Fellowship Program. Our goal is to create impactful mentor-mentee relationships to provide mentees with targeted skill development and overall career guidance.

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Mentor FAQs

  1. What are the important dates for this program?
    The UP Fellowship program runs from March through September.
  2. Who should be a mentor?
    Mentors are senior-level female executives in the alternative investment industry who are committed to supporting the growth of diverse women in this field.
  3. What are the responsibilities of a mentor?
    Mentors are expected to meet with their mentee one hour per month throughout the 6-month program. These meetings should be focused on career development, and can include sharing personal experiences and insights, guiding an UP Fellow through a specific phase in her career or encouraging her to continue on her path forward. Mentors can meet with mentees by phone, video conference or in person.
  4. What are the benefits of being a mentor?
    As a successful industry leader who has risen up in the industry, you have the opportunity to help more ethnically diverse women advance their careers. By sharing insights about your career journey and providing encouragement, you can retain mid-career women in the industry and help them become tomorrow’s leaders.
  5. How do I apply to become a mentor?
    Mentor applications are now open. Apply here.

For additional information about the UP Fellowship Program, please contact us at wia@naicpe.com.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tina McIntyre at tmcintyre@naicpe.com.