Effective Altruism is about answering the question, "How can we use our resources to help others the most?" We believe that to solve this question, we need incredible people with a diversity of skills and perspectives.
We started WANBAM because we identified an opportunity for a high-leverage, positive impact. In 2019, 71% of respondents to the EA Survey reported their gender as male. Additionally, the survey found women twice as likely to cite a lack of diversity or welcomingness as a barrier to greater involvement in EA. Personal contact was overwhelmingly the most important factor for retention, especially for women. This pointed toward the value of mentorship to complement and support EA community-building efforts in attracting and retaining dedicated, talented people.
WANBAM was founded with the aim of inspiring and supporting women, trans people of any gender, and non-binary people pursuing high-impact career paths. Since late 2019, we have matched and facilitated the mentoring of over 230 people. Our mentor base has quickly grown to over 90 people from a diversity of organizations. You can find out more about our successes, challenges, and opportunities for impact in Kathryn, our CEO’s talk at EAGX Asia Pacific, below.
Apply to be a mentor
We are looking for women, trans people of any gender, and non-binary mentors who are mid-senior level in impactful career paths and excited to support promising newcomers. To express an interest, please complete this application.
Are you hiring?
If you are an EA or EA-aligned organization that is hiring and who is interested in recommendations for candidates from diverse backgrounds, please reach out to us! You can email Kathryn Mecrow-Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"All of WANBAM's recommendations were for clearly talented individuals. We found our top two candidates through recommendations from WANBAM, and their recommendations also helped ensure we had an overall diverse candidate pool."- Luisa Rodriguez, Chief Of Staff at Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research
A review of our current work
WANBAM: Our successes, challenges, and opportunities to get involved by CEO Kathryn Mecrow-Flynn
Our mentor and mentee community is a global network. We have mentors and mentees on all inhabited continents.
Our Board of Directors
Two of our directors work at the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA), from whom we received a grant via the EA Infrastructure Fund. Neither had any previous involvement with Meta Fund grantmaking and will recuse themselves from any input on future grants.
Director (President) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Kathryn Mecrow-Flynn started her career in international development and human rights public interest litigation. Five years ago, she became involved in Effective Altruism. This culminated in her running the UK operations of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA). She then worked as the Curriculum Developer and Philanthropic Educator for The Life You Can Save where she focused upon the Giving Games Project. She founded WANBAM in 2019 and acts as a Consultant for high impact organizations.
Habiba Islam is an Advisor at 80,000 Hours. Habiba previously served as the Senior Administrator for the Future of Humanity Institute and the Global Priorities Institute at Oxford. Before that, she qualified as a barrister and worked in management consulting specialising in operations for public and third sector clients.
Catherine is Groups Support for the EA Local Groups team of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA). She has held many roles as a Community Builder for Effective Altruism including as a founding member of Effective Altruism New Zealand, compiling resources for the LEAN Project, and acting as a manager for SHIC.
Karolina Sarek is a Co-founder and Director of Research at Charity Entrepreneurship and a board member at Charity Science. She leads the research team, aiming to find the most evidence-based, cost-effective and neglected interventions, and train others in starting high impact charities to implement them. She also serves as a Fund Manager at Effective Altruism Animal Welfare Fund.
Sky provides support, resources, and strategy recommendations to individuals and organizations in the effective altruism community. She works in close collaboration with Julia on community health at the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA). Currently, she primarily consults on media, mentorship, and diversity, equity, & inclusion.