Women in STEAM: Central Oregon has launched a mentoring program and is accepting applications for matches.

The program was developed by Reese Mercer of Five Talent, a Bend software consulting firm, and Luann Abrams of Founders Pad, an early-stage venture fund, according to Technology Association of Oregon. Women in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) is a community that began in Bend under the umbrella of Technology Association of Oregon.

The objective of the mentoring program is to build one-on-one relationships that help women find success, increase career satisfaction and navigate the unique challenges of being a woman in male-dominated workplaces, according to a press release from the technology association.

Matches can be made between junior- and senior-level professionals, or between peers, such as two entrepreneurs. The program participants should be willing to commit to working together for six months while meeting once a month or one to two hours each month.

For more information on becoming a mentor or finding a mentor, email womensteamco@gmail.com.

— Bulletin staff report

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