Mentoring Circles

What are “Mentoring Circles”?

We all have a need for insight that is outside of our normal life and educational experience. The power of mentoring is that it creates a one-of-a-kind opportunity for collaboration, problem solving, and goal achievement.

With 21 CORE Program cohorts, 3 Women in STEM cohorts, and events like Clutch the Future Purse Auction and Girls Nite Out, and 10+ years of mentoring successes, 2018 brought about an exciting new program specifically for women of all ages (18+) and life stages who want to explore “what’s next”. A truly rewarding and invaluable experience, Mentoring Circles is a one of a kind mentoring program that allows you to be both the mentor and the mentee!

Check below to see the different Mentoring Circles themes offered through-out the year to help you explore, meet new people, dive into personal development, and overcome challenges.

Do you have a goal you keep pushing off to tomorrow? Are you overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? Learn to make strides towards goal achievement and self-discovery through Mentoring Circle’s group-based discussions and activities. Find the support and accountability you’ll need to conquer your goals.

Proceeds from Mentoring Circles will support W2WM, Inc. as we Cultivate Mentoring Relationships in Frederick County.

“Mentoring for Moms of Tweens & Teens”

Peer-Mentoring Workshops led by Melissa Curtis-Cherry & Tonya Hatosy-Stier

Parenting is HARD. But what if you had the support and guidance of a group of understanding moms going through the similar issues that you could feel comfortable discussing your trials and tribulations with? If you’re feeling unsure, overwhelmed, frustrated, annoyed, or any of the other million and one emotions (whether positive or negative) that we feel as moms of preteens and teens, then this mentoring circle is for you. With this mentoring circle, you’ll get six 1.5 hour workshops on the topic of parenting! Let us link arms, learn together and grow from one another as we navigate the twists and turns of parenting a tween/teen in this day and age!

Sessions Topics Will Include:

Assessing Your Parenting Style + The Impact it Has on Your Tween/Teen

Embracing Your Individual Parenting Style Through“Strengths Based Parenting”

Cultivating and Stewarding Relationships + Healthy Communication with Your Tween/ Teen

Tips & Strategies for Effective Behavior Management

Understand Your Parental Fears & Working Through Them

Parental Role Modeling- Becoming the mom you’ve always wanted to be.

About the Co-Facilitators

Melissa Curtis Cherry is a licensed, clinical social worker with 20 years of experience working with children and families in the Frederick area. She helped create Woman to Woman Mentoring, Inc. and has been involved with the organization since its inception. She also is the proud mom of her 15-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son.

Tonya Hatosy-Stier has been coaching, mentoring and training for more than 30 years. She is the Executive Director for Woman to Woman Mentoring and is the proud mom of her 15 and 12-year-old sons.

Managing Change


Peer-Mentoring Workshops led by Karen Justice

Change is challenging.  Whether you chose to make a change or need to deal with an involuntary change, it’s not easy and is often stressful. This Mentoring Circle will address identifying and defining changes in three distinct categories, tools for evaluating them and how to work through them. “Managing” change means being more comfortable with change and becoming more in charge of your life!

Examples of a change(s) that you might be dealing with are…

      • deciding on a job change, accepting a promotion, or continuing your education
      • buying a new home or needing to move
      • a new software system at work
      • becoming an empty-nester or a widow
      • dealing with some misfortune 
      • considering a lifestyle change, etc.

Sessions Topics Will Include:

Defining Change

Evaluating Change

Dealing with Involuntary Change

Creating Your Proactive Changes

Moving Toward Our Proactive Changes

Our facilitator Karen Justice is one savvy lady! Karen has lived in 14 states, 2 foreign countries and 29 different homes. She’s changed not only jobs, but industries. She’s been an employee and an entrepreneur. Even her education is diverse. Karen earned an undergraduate degree in home economics at West Virginia University and a Masters In Business Administration in Norway. Managing reactive and proactive change is something she’s been doing for over six decades. In this Mentoring Circle, she’ll share some lessons learned and facilitate your peer discussions.

Career Ready

Peer-Mentoring Workshops led by Laurie Ballow of iHire + HR Pros

Do you need to prepare for a career transition or simply need a place to start? Led by human resource professionals, this mentoring circle will provide you with accountability and help you get fit professionally to prepare you for your next career move.

Sessions Topics Will Include:

Resume Workshop

Interview Workshop

Personal Branding Workshop

Workplace Etiquette Workshop

“Combining Your Passions: Creating a Portfolio Career”

Peer-Mentoring Workshops led by Ashley Waters

Do you aim to have a portfolio career? A career that brings together your diverse talents to create the work-life integration that works best for you? Over recent decades, the portfolio career (i.e. piecing together part-time jobs to create full-time work and or joining the gig economy) has been seen as a way to leave corporate culture behind and gain more flexibility in pursuing one’s passions.

However, the imagination of what a portfolio career “could-be” often pales in comparison to the reality of living and working in the environment. Join this mentoring circle to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of this type of employment, to cultivate and share strategies for obtaining and pursuing new job prospects, and to fully develop a personalized plan for embarking and sustaining a portfolio career.

Previous Sessions included:
Knowing Your Why with Woman to Woman Mentoring Inc. Executive Director Tonya Hatosy-Stier
Identifying Strengths & Areas for Growth with Carol DeLaski of Wholistic Woman Retreats
Financial Planning & Budgeting with Jane Helm of Money Mentor Group
Brand Development with Kim Dow of Sass Magazine
Business Development with Lisa Shuster of PeopleWorks
Work-Life Integration with Julie Kuhn Gaver
Forming an LLC with DeLeon & Stang

These peer-mentoring workshops were led by Ashley Waters. Ashley’s portfolio career includes a full-time job, non-profit consulting, contributing to local magazines, and public speaking engagements. Learn more about Ashley at Feel free to reach out to her with questions about the upcoming sessions via email or phone: | 814-883-8485

To express your interested in any of the Mentoring Circle current topics or to suggest another topic, please click one of the “I am interested in Mentoring Circles!” buttons on this page. 

For questions about Mentoring Circles, please contact Tonya Hatosy-Stier at or 301-846-2556.


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