Mentoring


Professional women have far fewer role models than men, which makes mentoring crucial for the progression of women in all sectors. Recent studies have shown that women are hit extra hard by the fall-out of COVID-19.  In these rapidly changing times, professional women need all the support and guidance they can get. 


Whether it is to develop your leadership skills, advance your career path, to find fulfilment and purpose, or to reposition yourself in this challenging period, working with a mentor can make, more than ever, we believe, a significant difference.


Already since 2011, PWI Brussels brings together experienced and driven women leaders with mentees to support them on their professional journey. We do not discriminate against age, background or culture.


What makes this program unique?

Unlike anywhere else the PWI Mentoring Program combines all of the valuable aspects below: 

  • Based in Brussels, the heart of Europe: the world’s your oyster. Women from many different nationalities and a whole range of industries are both seeking and offering guidance. 

  • Issues are not limited to work: although it is a program aimed at professional development, we acknowledge that human beings are not one-dimensional, so mentees seek mentoring on matters ranging from career advice or career switch, to work relationships and personal development. 

  • A different perspective: it’s likely that you will be mentored by someone who is not in your industry and has a fresh pair of eyes. 

  • Tailor-made: mentees make a shortlist of preferred mentors, which forms the basis for the match-making by the support team.

  • A safe space: mentoring happens outside the organisation you work in, which makes it easier to be frank. 

  • Woman-to-woman: mentors are experienced women, which makes it possible to bring up issues men don’t usually have to deal with. 

  • That said, we do strive to include male allies: in 2019-20 we had the first two male mentees from one of our corporate partners. The experience was good: we intend to continue to engage more men.

  • The selflessness of the mentors: they are not paid, but act from a warm heart and deep desire to support fellow women on their path. 

  • Win-win: mentors say they learn from their mentees too, who are, after all, women with a lot of expertise as well. The experience boosts their confidence too. 

  • Strong support: volunteers from the Mentoring Team keep the finger on the pulse at all times.  

  • Bonus: the mentoring relationship can turn into a friendship. Several pairs decided to keep in touch.


Participants in the last wave rated their satisfaction with the mentoring relationship 4.6 /5 on average. Recommending the program: 4.4 /5 . Support from PWI Mentoring Team: 4.3/5 , Contribution to personal and professional growth: 4.6 /5.  

I'm interested in becoming a Mentee

Why join?

A mentor is not only a role model, but also a trusted advisor who inspires, builds confidence and offers new perspectives to a mentee on how to achieve her goals. Mentoring can ignite a woman’s professional success.

If you:

  • are looking for guidance on how to advance your career

  • want a different perspective on how to tackle a work-related issue

  • are ready to step out of your comfort zone and boost your confidence

… consider enrolling as a mentee in the PWI Mentoring Program. You will benefit from the knowledge of an experienced mentor, who is willing to share her wisdom, expertise and perspective with you. The program is open for PWI members and the members of its affiliated PWN Global City Networks. 

How does the program work?

Mentees receive a total of 6-8 hours of 1:1 mentoring sessions over a period of 7 months either face to face or online, with one of our highly experienced and professional mentors, plus the support of the Mentoring Team.

The program offers:

  • Speed-dating event to narrow down your choice of mentors

  • Match-making by the volunteering team, based on mutual preferences

  • Kick-off event to consolidate the relationship and get introduced to the do’s and don’ts of the program

  • 6-8 individual sessions (face-to-face or call) with your mentor, 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 --if the current circumstances allow

  • 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 Program.

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 program.  

I'm interested in becoming a Mentor

Mentoring is a powerful way to grow, also for mentors. Many mentors have commented that this experience felt like a new leadership role, and offered a fresh perspective on their own career path. If you:

  • want to invest in the future of a fellow human being, helping her grow and develop in her career

  • have at least 10 years of work experience in an organisation (corporate or non-corporate)

  • are willing to share your wisdom, expertise and perspective with a mentee who has less experience

  • want to enhance your own mentoring skills with this rewarding experience

  • are willing to engage on a voluntary base under the roof of PWI, using its program structure and support of the Mentoring Team

… then please consider becoming a mentor for PWI.

Because we believe that the advancement of women is not only a women’s cause, both women and men from various backgrounds, from for-profit and non-profits, members and non-members can become a PWI mentor.


>Click here to find the Mentoring Program Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have more questions, please contact us at mentoring@pwi.be and we'll be happy to help you.


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2020 Mentoring Programme Calendar

Call for Mentors July 2020 - September 2020 (Deadline Sep 15th
Call for Mentees July 2020 - September 2020 (Deadline Sep 15th
Speed Dating Event (Mandatory)
October 1st, 2020
Kick-off Meeting (Mandatory)

October 15th, 2020


Upcoming Mentoring Events

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