Mentoring plays a critical role in the progression of women professionals in all sectors. According to the 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey, 63% of millennials say their leadership skills are not being fully developed. It also found that those intending to stay with their organisation for more than five years are twice as likely to have a mentor (68%), than not (32%).
This suggests that working with a Mentor can make a significant difference to find fulfilment and purpose in the professional advancement of a Mentee. Having a role model and a trusted advisor is not only inspiring, but can build confidence and lead to seeing new ways of achieving goals. Mentoring offers women the professional role models they need to ignite their professional success.
In October 2011, PWI Brussels launched its Mentoring Programme with success. Since then it provides its Mentoring Programme to its members, as well as to its affiliated PWN Global City Networks.
Objective of the PWI Mentoring Programme
PWI provides an effective mentoring structure to ensure that you get the most out of your mentoring experience, 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.
Because diversity is a vital tool in our Mentoring Programme, our Mentors are international with some based in Belgium. The Mentoring Programmes in PWI Brussels and other PWN chapters are cited in surveys as one of the top elements of satisfaction for members of the PWN Global network.
PWI brings together a group of experienced and driven women leaders. Our mission is to support those women leaders on their journey. We do not discriminate against age, background and culture.
Our mentor/mentee evaluation criteria is based on the capacity and range of their impact,
and where the individual is in her career to increase her growth.
Why join the Mentoring Programme?
Mentoring provides huge benefits to the “Mentee”, the person who is being mentored, by obtaining a fresh perspective on their career status, aspirations & goals from their Mentor. At PWI Brussels Mentors receive monthly supervision to challenge constantly themselves, this to support their mentees to the next stage. It’s really a “win-win” exchange between Mentee & Mentor.
As a Mentor, mentoring also provides a lot of advantages. Many Mentors have commented that their contribution as a Mentor also provided themselves with a new leadership role in women's advancement, a positive new way of looking at their own career path, as well as an incentive to reflect on where they themselves were going, how it aligns with their own aspirations & goals and the opportunity to broaden their minds through reverse mentoring.
How does the programme work?
Mentees receive a total of 8 hours of intensive 1:1 mentoring sessions over a period of 6 months via phone/Skype/WhatsApp with one of our highly experienced and professional mentors.
The programme offers:
- One introductory meeting with your mentor during which you define goals, and map out mutual expectations and the aspired end result
- 6-8 sessions (face-to-face or call), which should add up to at least 8 hours
- Reasonable access to your mentor by email
- Close support and information from the mentoring team, possibility to participate to regular informal dinners with other mentees,
- Mentoring tools, surveys, assessments, articles, books recommendations to assist the mentoring process
- Access to the private Facebook Group to deepen the learning with other Mentees
How do you register as a PWI Mentee?
Become a member of PWI Brussels to be eligible for the Mentoring Programme.
The Mentorship is offered at a dramatically reduced rate for PWI Brussels members, but not completely free. We ask members to contribute €180 as a fee for the programme.
Are you ready to sign up for the upcoming Mentoring Programme? Call for Mentees will begin in August 2019.
> Click here to find the Mentoring Programme Frequently Asked Questions.
Have more questions about our programme? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'd be happy to let you know all about the programme.
The next mentoring round will be in the second half of 2019.
2019 Wave 1 Calendar
|Call for Mentors
||July 2019 - August 2019
|Call for Mentees
||August 2019 - September 2019 (Deadline Sep 8th)
|Speed Dating Event (Mandatory)
||September 26th, 2019
|Kick-off Meeting (Mandatory)
October 16th, 2019