The Women on Boards mentoring program (My Mentor) is offered to our individual, global and corporate subscribers and organisations seeking an in-house program to support their employees in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. While primarily aimed towards, and accessed by, women, the program is also available to men. It has been critical in the success of many women in the WOB network as this case study highlights.
Many senior women attest to the importance of mentors to achieving professional success and satisfaction in life.
Sheena Wilson has worked on five continents throughout her career and as the former BNY Mellon Managing Director and Global Head of Talent Strategy, knows a thing or two about mentoring which she shares in this short video clip.
Claire Braund, WOB Executive Director
, "give yourself a career boost, realise your goal and be the best you can be".
I would definitely recommend a mentoring program, and in particular the WOB program. Matching up with a mentor who didn't necessarily have the same career field or background was also very helpful to gain a different perspective than what you may already have from colleagues or have seen previously.
Leila Golchin, Group Legal Counsel, Graincorp
Click here for an interview with Leila Golchin and her mentor, Cheryl Hayman
"Many thanks to Women on Boards and Sheena Wilson for a fantastic mentoring experience. I have just completed my mentoring program sessions with Dan Liszka and it has been invaluable. Dan was the perfect mentor at an inflection point in my career. He really helped to challenge and expand my thinking, as well as to connect me to some great people within his network. I feel that I have come a long way over the six months that I have been working with Dan".
Quanchai Burns, Corporate Strategy Manager, IAG Ltd
"I found the whole experience extremely valuable. I had such a great role model who was experienced, knowledgeable and helped with the steps to take my career in the direction I wanted it to go. There is nothing that could have been done better".
"My mentor far exceeded my expectations in helping me prepare for a full-time career as a company director. Not only was the match perfect, my mentor was at all times strategic as well as tactical, pragmatic, candid, and caring. Our meetings were focussed, had a clear agenda, required homework, and comprehensively covered the essentials. I recommend the program unreservedly to those who are serious about preparing themselves for directorships".
Abby Bloom, Non-Executive Director
Why you might need a mentor?
- Progress or chart your career pathway with an objective and experienced mentor.
- Provide assistance and a sounding board to improve your chances of setting and achieving goals.
- Provide counsel on utilising exernal help through identifying and maximising your networks and other professional colleagues.
- Development of clear and precise goals in order to achieve C-suite or Board roles as part of your career portfolio.
- Guide, streamline, advise on perfecting your resume (Board or corporate).
- Provide back to work advice and support
Women on Boards adheres to the principle that there is no one-size-fits all approach in mentoring, with each partnership carefully matched and the approach tailored to the specific needs of each mentee.
WOB offers many options through the My Mentor program;
- career development,
- boards on your career horizon,
- director ready now,
- seeking additional high profile boards; or
- a hybrid set of objectives combining elements explored under each of the options mentioned.
MY MENTOR Manager – Ruth Jones
Ruth Jones has an extensive background leading national and international non-profit organizations in Australia and the USA. For 10 years, based in Seattle, USA, she was CEO of the Social Venture Partners Network, the largest network of engaged donors operating globally. Before this, Ruth held senior roles at Community Foundations of Canada and Philanthropy Australia. In her personal capacity, Ruth is a director of two non-profits - the Ten20 Foundation and Abbotsford Convent Foundation - and a member of Social Venture Partners Melbourne. For six years she was a director of Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support, a USA non-profit operating internationally.
About the mentors
Women on Boards has engaged more than 35 highly experienced men and women who are able guide and support mentees across all career levels to develop a thoughtful approach to planning and achieving their goals. They are all well-known to WOB, support our work and have a strong desire to share their knowledge, skills and experience to enable others to realise their career potential in leadership and director roles.
Read some of our mentor biographies.
The mentoring program is only open to Women on Boards Subscribers. Click here to subscribe. The cost of the mentoring program is $2,420 for five sessions with your assigned mentor plus an introductory session with the program manager, Ruth Jones. Women on Boards mentoring can be undertaken face-to-face, by telephone or other form of telecommunications.
Following the completion of the program, mentees have the option of purchasing additional mentoring sessions in packages of three one hour sessions for $1,320 or six one hour sessions for $2,640.
What you will receive when you enrol in the my mentor program?
- An introductory session (usually by telephone) with Ruth Jones, the My Mentor program manager, to discuss your goals for the program and assist her to match you with an appropriate mentor.
- An agreement outlining objectives for the mentoring engagement signed off by both the mentee and mentor.
- Five one-hour face-to-face, phone or skype sessions with your assigned mentor.
- The option to move to a different mentor for the remaining sessions if a 'fit' is not realised at the first session.
- Tracking of progress and accumulation of feedback online.
- An opportunity to purchase additional mentoring sessions in packages of three or six one hour sessions.
Mentees and mentors are encouraged to provide feedback via the online form at the conclusion of the sessions. During the program the program manager keeps in touch with your progress via your mentor. Mentees may additionally contact the program manager if they have any concerns or queries about the program.
All sessions are expected to be completed in 6-8 months. The program will be deemed completed at the expiration of 9 months from the first session unless specific clearance has been given by WOB.
Registration Support: Angela Bowen on 02 4321 0100 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Information: Ruth Jones, Mentor Manager email: email@example.com