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The Women on Boards Mentoring Program (My Mentor) is available year-round with highly experienced mentors located across Australia. You will be guided and supported to develop a thoughtful approach to planning and achieving your career and board goals. You will be carefully matched with a mentor who will tailor a program to your specific needs.
The program is available to individual, global and corporate subscribers and organisations seeking an in-house program to support their employees. While primarily aimed towards, and accessed by, women, the program is also available to men.
Watch this one minute video from Claire Braund, WOB Executive Director as she explains how the
Why you might need a mentor?
Is your career progressing according to plan? Do you need help and support? Spending time with a mentor gives you the chance to think about your longer term objectives and focus on how to move your career forward. Mentors are a confidential, independent sounding board to provide support and guidance, allowing you to put issues into perspective and consider various possibilities.
The benefits of a mentor
Your mentor is there to help you to think through your options and help you to formulate your plans. They provide the opportunity to look more closely at yourself, your issues, opportunities and what you want in life. Mentoring is about becoming more self aware, taking responsibility and directing your life, rather than leaving it to chance. A mentor can help you to:
- Develop your career plan with an external perspective
- Help you identify how to achieve career goals
- Provide support to tackle issues hindering your success
- Act as a sounding board for ideas and issues
- Help you develop your networks and networking skills
- Build confidence and provide encouragement
Women on Boards knows that there is no one-size-fits all approach to mentoring. Each partnership is carefully matched and the approach tailored to the specific needs of the mentee.
to our podcast where Claire Braund talks to a recent mentor and mentee about their experience.
Watch as Sheena Wilson talks about the benefits of mentoring. And Sheena knows a thing or two about mentoring, having built a successful board portfolio, with extensive experience coaching senior executives and boards. She has been the Deputy Chair of Herron Todd White since 2014 and was Managing Director and Global Head of Talent for BNY Mellon.
Women on Boards has engaged more than 35 highly experienced men and women who can 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. Mentor biographies
The program can be undertaken face-to-face, by telephone or online and provides:
- An introductory session (usually by telephone) with Ruth Jones, the My Mentor program manager, to discuss your goals for the program, the mentee agreement and identify an appropriate mentor.
- Five one-hour face-to-face, phone or online sessions with your assigned mentor.
- Tracking of progress and accumulation of feedback.
- Opportunity to purchase additional mentoring sessions.
- Option to move to a different mentor if a 'fit' is not realised at the first session.
Mentees and mentors are encouraged to provide feedback at the conclusion of the sessions. During the program the program manager keeps in touch with your progress via your mentor. Mentees can also contact the program manager at any time.
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.
See what previous participants have to say about the program here.
The program has been critical to the success of many women in the WOB network read the case study.
MY MENTOR Manager
s 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. Watch the video to hear more from Ruth.
The mentoring program is open to Women on Boards Full Members. Click here to join.
The cost of the program is $2,530 (inc GST). To sign up click the Register button below.
Following the completion of the program, mentees have the option of purchasing additional mentoring sessions in packages of three one hour sessions for $1,452 (inc GST) or six one hour sessions for $2,772 (inc GST).
Registration Support: email Angela Bowen 02 4321 0100
Program Information: email Ruth Jones
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