Formal mentoring programs help organisations retain employees, increase job satisfaction and commitment, and cultivate organisational values and behaviours.
When done right, mentoring helps people take positive steps forward in their careers—which also helps develop the talent pool for that organisation.
Mentors use their knowledge and experience to support mentees to develop skills, identifying goals, opportunities to learn and find their own solutions to overcome issues and is key to personal and professional growth. Mentoring is about helping others develop in a positive and more effective way. It is a relationship designed to build confidence and support the mentee so that they can take control of their own development and progress. It is trust-based and confidential and will help your colleagues to feel valued, represented, productive, self-fulfilled and rewarded.
Why is Women's Mentoring Necessary?
Research carried out by McKinsey & Co has shown that companies with the greatest gender diversity on their executive teams are 21% more likely to outperform peers on profitability and 27% more likely to create superior value. However, according to a global survey by leadership advisory firm Egon Zehnder, nearly half of women report not having access to the kind of senior leaders who could serve as effective mentors.
Mentoring that crosses lines in both directions in all sorts of ways...race, ethnicity and national origin, sexual and gender identity, age, ability, class background, etc. is so powerful. Mentor/mentee relationships do not need to echo traditional privilege structures or go only one way across lines of difference; we all have so much to learn from each other, we all have stories to share about how we bring our full selves to work, how we succeed and thrive, how we achieve results, and we all can do better by learning from those stories.
Why Join Mentors for Women?
Mentors for Women offer a bespoke mentoring system for women, managing the mentoring process and measuring success, with detailed and regular reporting based on your requirements. We are unique because we have no boundaries. We support all women, from all walks of life, from all professions, and at all life stages, and not just individuals, but also organisations. Our aim is to make mentoring much more accessible to women than it is today, particularly to women in junior and middle management roles.
We provide a platform for your colleagues to find a mentor, at any stage of their career. We are non-sector specific and have a team of mentors from an extensive variety of careers, backgrounds and businesses. Having a diversity of mentors can expand a person’s perspectives and help them grow more intentionally and effectively. Mentor/mentee relationships do not need to echo traditional privilege structures or go only one way across lines of difference.
As well as providing a mentoring service, Mentors for Women offer development opportunities through a mixture of mediums for your colleagues to become mentors themselves, to support their personal development and your internal succession planning. Being a mentor is a challenging, stimulating and hugely rewarding experience. A mentor has a genuine interest in helping others develop and gets great satisfaction out of sharing their learning and experiences. And the key skills required are eminently transferrable – communication; emotional intelligence; building rapport; use of positive and open language; listening; asking open questions; drawing out key issues and learning.
Mentors for Women is a place of inspiration, a place to share stories both personal and professional, a place to check in and see what is new, a place to be and a space to grow.
Corporate Membership Benefits
Mentoring for Colleagues Joining will give your colleagues access to our bespoke mentoring system. They will be able to search for an experienced mentor from any industry, based on their skills, experience and availability, supporting a fully tailored experience exclusive to them.
We will manage the process and report to you on the outcomes, based on completion of the mentoring relationship and achievement of objectives agreed explicitly by and for them, giving you confidence that the experience will be exactly what your colleagues need.
Access to Training Your colleagues will also have free access to a multi-level on-line training programme, aimed both at mentors and mentees. On-site training will also be available at a heavily reduced fee, and where-ever possible, locally. Training sessions are offered throughout the year so your colleagues will have the chance to choose a time that best suits their needs, not dictated by us.
Access to Events We hold a variety of events on a regular basis, including small face to face local network opportunities, on-site training and an annual conference. As a member your colleagues will have free (or reduced fee) access to multiple as many events as you wish and they need, without restrictions.
Access to Blogs and Publications signposted specifically for Members Instead of having to hunt through multiple internet sites and libraries, your colleagues can use our carefully curated Signpost of Blogs and Publications which we think will be of interest to them, all free.
Our Charity Mentors for Women supports The Helga and Laura Women's Foundation, creating bursaries for mentoring and women centric projects through donation by MfW of a percentage of profits, fund raising and voluntary donations. You can help us to grow this charity whilst supporting your colleagues’ development. If your colleagues provide mentoring services through Mentors for Women, we will direct their fees straight to the Charity, giving opportunities to women who would not have this chance without your support. We will confirm your donation levels on a regular basis to enable you to report on your philanthropic activities.
A recent study found that 82% of consumers said their decision would be influenced by whether the company was philanthropic. Other studies have shown that Millennials are 70% more likely to spend more on brands that support causes, so it is certainly worth considering the impact of your business’s relationship with charities.
Seeing the organisation they work for support charitable causes increases positivity amongst your colleagues. Feeling proud to work for a philanthropic company could also increase their loyalty and retention, morale and commitment.
Sharing the stories of sponsorships and charitable events and donations can benefit you from several perspectives. Media coverage can let the public know what you’re doing as well as reinforce to your colleagues that they’ve made the right choice to work for you. Charity stories on your website let visitors know about your charitable presence in the community and it can show clients that your organisation is committed to charitable causes. If managed well, successful relationships with charities can positively impact your organisation’s reputation.
Our Fee Structure for Corporates
Our prices for Organisations are inclusive of individual subscription and a mentoring allowance, allowing your colleagues to gain instant access to our mentoring pool.