LEAD NETWORK MENTORING PROGRAMME
Since its inception in 2016, over 400 of our members have participated in the LEAD Network Mentorship Programme. This is a formal programme offered exclusively to members of our corporate Partners, which pairs individuals from different companies, functions and countries for a unique mentoring experience. This programme continues to grow year upon year, and is one of the many ways that our Partners invest in their people, giving them access to new perspectives and ways of thinking as well as a professional development opportunity. The programme isn’t only valuable to mentees, our mentors tell us they are equally benefiting from this unique experience.
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
The programme, which is run by volunteers, is eligible to all Corporate Members only and are nominated via their Partner Ambassador. The application period runs from September through the end of November. In December, we carry out the matching process and the programme officially launches for participants in January.
Throughout the 10-month formal part of the programme, the LEAD Network hosts three webinars each for mentors and mentees to connect, share experiences, provide tips and build a larger community that can support each other.
Please connect with your Partner Ambassador or for more information send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director International Key Account Professional Power Tools eCommerce Europe & Asia-Pacific at Bosch.
“The program has been a significant boost to my career development. While I have experience as a mentor and mentee within a company, I have never thought of building such an open, supportive and collaborative relationship with someone outside. As the mentee, I still feel that it is an even distribution of topics and knowledge sharing that stimulates unique discussions and ideas, several of which have been successfully implemented. Starting a year ago, I still feel that there is so much more to discuss and learn and that this relationship will last”.
Global Growth Leader at Sonoco
“This has been one of the best mentoring experiences of my career. As the designated ‘mentor’ I can say that I am getting as much ‘back’ as I am putting into the relationship and it has really taken off. One of the coolest parts of the relationship is that I have established a connection with a business leader who shares my passion for transformational ideas and to that end, I seek and regularly gain prescient advice and blinding insights which I incorporate into my own work effort. It is a two way relationship that will stand the test of time.”
Impressions from a Mentee
Head of Corporate Responsibility, METRO AG, Germany
Why do I believe mentorship is important for women?
Mentorship has helped me personally significantly in the last years. To communicate with someone who has more professional experience and has already been exposed to similar situations supported me in my personal and professional development. The view from a different perspective, questions you don’t expect, hints, tips and the possibility to expand your network have strengthened me and let me grow. I can only recommend that anyone who wants to develop themselves further should look for one or more mentors.
How did I benefit from mentoring?
Mentoring is for me a give and take. Before I started with a mentor we agreed on goals we wanted to work on. With my first mentor I focused strongly on leadership and I learned to reduce my perfectionism. With another mentor I have learned what it means to continue working on my professional development during pregnancy and with a small child – and with my current mentor we focused on the next step in my career development.
Impressions from a Mentoring Pair
“Reflecting back, it has now been just over a year, since the exciting news that I had been selected by my Leadership team – to have the external mentor opportunity with the LEAD Network. It sounded great, but what was this LEAD Network, and what could I expect from the programme?”
“Beverly and I never met in person until the annual event in Amsterdam, ten months after we first introduced ourselves over the phone. During our monthly calls there was never a moment that I missed seeing the other person’s body language. It never came up. The distance may even have helped reinforce the confidentiality of what we discussed.”