Mentoring

Coming Soon: International Mentoring Programme

Join the International Mentoring Programme Launch Webinar on Thursday 2rd March 2023 at 1pm (CET) to find out more about his incredible new programme. 

Why Embark on a journey as a mentee?

Why embark on a journey as a mentor?

  • Are you making/Do you want to make a career step abroad?
  • Do you feel the need to grow your leadership in an international context?
  • Do you want to reinforce your decision-making skills in a multicultural environment?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, the International Mentoring Programm will be a significant boost in reaching your goal! 

  • Do you enjoy developing people?
  • Do you feel your international experience as a leader could benefit other women managers?
  • Do you believe that women should network more actively across the globe?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, the International Mentoring Programme may prove to be very satisfying. 

 

What benefits do you receive as a mentee? 

  • Benefit from another female leader’s experience in managing her career internationally.
  • Have a “safe place” to ask questions, share ideas, and discuss challenges in a confidential setting.
  • Collect useful advice, avoid traps, and therefore improve your chances of transforming efficiently
  • Acquire new perspectives on how to grow inside and outside your organization. 
  • Expand your network internationally and build professional relationships. 
  • Get tips on how to adapt – both professionally, and personally - to another country, and manage cultural differences 
  • Work with someone experienced to decode some of the transversal dynamics of an international position, together with culturally specific power games that may arise. 

What benefits do you receive as a mentor? 

  • Share your international experience while giving back to society and advancing gender balanced leadership 
  • Experience the personal fulfilment of supporting another woman in developing her skills and career 
  • Contribute to the realisation of another woman’s potential  
  • Get the pleasure of seeing your “protégé” face her challenges successfully 
  • Develop your own leadership skills as a mentor 
  • Get additional insights on your industry, or some new insights from a different arena 

Am I eligible to be a Mentee? 

  • To be part of the International Mentoring Programme, you need to have your PWN Premium Membership or your Online Membership active. Not a member? You can join here
  • Some of the characteristics we expect from a mentee are: 
  • Having already made a career step abroad or willing to develop your career internationally in the coming year 
  • Be committed to engaging with your mentor, both in terms of time and actions 
  • Taking the ownership of your self-development  
  • Willing to push yourself out of your comfort zone 
  • Eager to learn from others’ experiences 
  • Ready to engage with a mentor potentially from a different nationality and/or living in a different country 

The International Mentoring Programme will also offer you various occasions to leverage your mentoring experience.  For instance, you will be trained as a mentee and receive a Mentee Toolkit. You will also benefit from the experiences of other mentees at Virtual Mentee Gatherings that will give you the chance to exchange views on mentoring and on how to develop a career internationally. 

We will be hosting a launch event on Thursday 2nd March 2023 at 1pm (CET), where you ask all your questions and make a decision as to whether the International Mentoring Programme is for you. 

INVESTMENT: The fee to take part in the International Mentoring Programme is € 200, payable prior to the start of the program. 

Am I eligible to be a Mentor?  

To be part of the International Mentoring Programma, you need to have your PWN Premium Membership or your Online Membership active. Not a member? You can join here

Some of the characteristics, we expect from a mentor: 

  • Having already experienced at least 5 years in a European or International career 
  • Having worked with teams in minimum 3 countries 
  • Being a people manager (directly/indirectly) 
  • Being committed to your engagement with your mentee both in terms of time and dedication 
  • Eager to share your experiences, best practices and lessons learnt 
  • Ready to open your own network to your mentee 
  • Skilled in providing honest feedback and open guidance  
  • Ability to quickly create a trustworthy relationship with a non-judgmental attitude 
  • Ready to engage with a mentee potentially from a different nationality and/or living in a different country 

If this is your first time as a mentor, don’t worry. You will get the support you’ll need from the Programme. For instance, you will be trained as a mentor and receive a Mentor Toolkit. You will also benefit from the best practices of other mentors via Virtual Mentor Gatherings that will give you the chance to exchange views on mentoring.  

We will be hosting a launch event on Thursday 2nd March 2023 at 1pm (CET), where you ask all your questions and make a decision as to whether the International Mentoring Programme is for you. 

As a mentor, the International Mentoring Program will be free of charge for you. 

I'm  interested in becoming a mentor.

I'm interested in supporting the mentoring program in any way I can help.

How will the International Mentoring Programme work? 

Your International Mentoring Program will last for 6 months, from April 2023 and will close (at the latest) and the end of September 2023. 

Although, the mentoring pairs will be completely free to organize themselves, we recommend that you meet virtually once every 4 to 6 weeks, which means 4 to 6 times in total. The duration of your meetings is up to you. From our experience, an effective meeting may last between 45 and 90 minutes. We suggest you use platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Videoconferencing helps to create a stronger bond as you will be able to see each other. You may also exchange emails, text messages in-between meetings. 

 

Not ready for the International Mentoring Programme yet? 

Join your local PWN City Network Mentoring Programme. PWN provides an effective mentoring structure to ensure that you get the most out of your mentoring experience, by calling upon a wide range of mentors, ensuring the best possible match for you, and following up on your progress through the mentoring cycle to ensure that the experience is a positive one. The mentoring programs in PWN’s city networks is cited in surveys as one of the top elements of satisfaction for members of PWN. See mentoring programs in our city networks below: 
Barcelona

Brussels 

Copenhagen

Dublin

Frankfurt

Istanbul 

Lisbon

Lyon

Madrid

Milan

Norway

Rome

Stockholm

Vienna

Zug & Zurich

 

How you will benefit

Mentoring provides a huge benefit to the “Mentee”, the person who is being mentored, by obtaining a fresh perspective on their career status, aspirations & goals from their Mentor. But did you know that mentoring also provides a significant benefit to the Mentor as well? Many Mentors have commented that their contribution as a Mentor also provided themselves with a positive new way of looking at their own career path, as well as an incentive to reflect on there they themselves were going and how it aligns with their own aspirations & goals. It’s really a “win-win” exchange between Mentee & Mentor.

Mentoring Resources

All About Mentoring

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Creating Successful Mentoring Programs: A Catalyst Guide

This study provides all the necessary information needed to create a formal mentoring program that. Packed with more practical tips and up-to-date practices, this guide contains added evidence that mentoring is critical to career advancement.

PWN's Women@Work No7 publication “Mentoring – A Powerful Tool For Women”

PWN Global MentoringThis book presents some of the most innovative and successful mentoring programmes in Europe, involving men & women in Amsterdam, Geneva, London, Madrid, Nice and Paris, with a design that fosters the professional progress of women. Their founders experimented with every possible mentoring method available and created their own unique approaches; they share their first-hand experience in this book, providing valuable insights, lessons learned and practical guidelines. Women@Work No. 7 aims to inspire mentees and mentors, as well as co-ordinators of mentoring programmes and managers of corporate talent, to take advantage of the powerful tool of mentoring and make it their own.

 

*Mentoring gives a precious boost to a woman’s career. Mentoring programmes fill a gap for many women who don’t have access to an informal mentoring network* says Therese Torris, editor and co-author of the book. Order at Amazon

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