The Digital Women’s Network Mentoring Program


The Digital Women’s Network is pleased to launch its inaugural Mentoring Program.  The Program aims inspire, educate, upskill and connect the leaders of tomorrow within all things Digital through matching enthusiastic and committed career minded individuals with professionals from a diverse range of industries and backgrounds, to share valuable industry knowledge and experience.

To ensure the Program’s long-term success, we are launching a three-month pilot program on July 1st. Taking place in Melbourne for 20 mentoring partnerships. Following its successful launch, the feedback from the participants, we will then open the Program to our network of over 9,500 people.

What is the difference between Mentoring and Coaching?


Whilst often considered similar, mentoring and coaching are distinctly different both in systems and capabilities required.  Management Mentors defines them as follows:

 

Mentors

Digital Women’s Network’s focus is to assist in both professional and personal development, and inspire, educate, upskill and connect the leaders of tomorrow within all things Digital.  Our diverse Network footprint of over 9,500 people enables us to provide opportunities for a wide range of Mentors including:

 

Developmental Mentoring

Senior business professionals with broad experience, who can act as a sounding board to explore new perspectives in relation to the mentees career goals.

Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

Individuals at similar levels in their careers and seniority partner to improve the effectiveness of one or the other through shared but different experiences.

Reverse Mentoring

The mentee has more overall experience (in terms of age, position or experience) than the mentor, but the mentor has more knowledge in a particular area.  This type of mentoring may be used when executives need to understand operations or technology that can be shared by young professionals currently undertaking the role or tech-savvy individuals who can share their knowledge with others.

To become a mentor on The Program, you will need a minimum of 3 years’ professional work experience.

Benefits of Participating.

There are many benefits as a mentor in a mentoring partnership, including but not limited to:

  • Building and expanding stronger professional networks with other mentors
  • Experiencing a different point of view/perspective
  • Increased self-awareness, particularly around communication, leadership and modelling
  • Brand building through the Digital Women’s Network social media channels
  • Connect with the next generation of business professionals
  • Having a positive impact on the lives of mentees, through helping them build confidence and achieve their career goals
  • Enhance your mentoring and coaching skills
  • It provides you with the opportunity to contribute to the digital women’s and broader communities


Your Role and Commitment

The role of the mentor is to assist the mentee with their career and personal development outside of their work environment.  It includes:

  • Building trust and report, and being patient
  • Listening and two-way communication
  • Sharing own career path and experiences
  • Providing guidance, motivation and support
  • Challenging assumptions and offering alternative perspectives
  • Honesty and ability to provide constructive feedback
  • Identifying resources and networking


In a mentoring partnership, we encourage the mentee to take primary responsibility for driving the activity for meetings and communication to recognise that mentors are constantly busy.  

Successful mentoring partnerships initially have a face-to-face meeting, then agree to meet monthly for the duration of the Program.  Whether they meet in person, skype or on the phone depends on the partnership.  Communication expectations are usually agreed to during that first meeting.

Mentees

Digital Women’s Network’s focus is to assist in both professional and personal development, and inspire, educate, upskill and connect the leaders of tomorrow within all things Digital.  Our diverse Network footprint of over 8,500 people enables us to provide opportunities for a wide range of Mentees including:

Developmental Mentoring

Partner with a senior business professional with broad experience, who can act as a sounding board to explore new perspectives in relation to your career goals.

Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

Join an individual at a similar level in their careers and seniority as you to improve both yours and their overall effectiveness through shared but different experiences.

Reverse Mentoring

You might be a senior business professional looking to be mentored by a young tech savvy individual who can share their knowledge with you and enhance your understanding of operations and technology, plus increase your appreciation of multi-generational and cross-cultural perspectives.

There is no maximum age limit to becoming a mentee on the Digital Women’s Network Mentoring Program.

Benefits of Participating

There are many benefits for mentees in a mentoring partnership, including but not limited to:

  • Receiving advice, encouragement and support focussed on your own specific professional development needs by experienced industry professionals.
  • Being challenged, motivated and inspired to pursue your career and developmental goals
  • Gaining a better understanding of potential career and professional development pathways available and developing a career strategy
  • Receive/give feedback from/to someone outside the traditional manager/employee relationship, leading to greater confidence, self-esteem and motivation to succeed.
  • Experiencing a different point of view/perspective
  • Learn about different professions and industries
  • Building and expanding stronger professional networks with your mentor
  • Increased self-awareness and enhanced communication, presentation and networking skills
  • Improve your CV and interviewing technique
  • Brand building through the Digital Women’s Network social media channels


Your Role and Commitment

Your primary role as mentee in the mentoring partnership is to be the initiator.  This includes:

  • Committing time and effort into the mentoring partnership – manage the process
  • Showing respect for the mentor and mentoring partnership
  • Demonstrating a desire to gain new skills, accept feedback, advice and information from your mentor
  • Preserving the trust and confidentiality that is developed as part of the mentoring partnership
  • Identifying the career and developmental goals you want to achieve and build them into a career and developmental action plan.  Work with your mentor to then set goals, including time frames
  • Raise new topics that are important to you, on a timely basis, and give feedback to your mentor

Looking for opportunities to give back, sharing information that you think might be of value to your mentor


The Matching Process

The matching process is undertaken using the information supplied by mentors and mentees during registration.  The process includes the following activities:

  • Review of mentee registrations, noting mentoring needs
  • Review of available mentors and nomination information
  • Review of each mentee’s needs against available mentors
  • Final selection of mentor as ‘best fit’
  • Notification of mentoring partnership

During the matching process, the following is taken into account from the mentee’s registration to select a suitable mentor:

  • Mentoring partnership type
  • Professional and personal experience
  • Personal interests and hobbies
  • Objectives for the Program

Note:  Selection of mentors and mentees to participate in the Digital Women’s Network Mentoring Program is at the discretion of the Digital Women’s Network and every effort is made to complete a ‘best fit’ match.

 

Key Dates

The Digital Women’s Network Pilot Program officially starts on 1 July 2017.  Following are the key dates for the Program:

29 May – 9 June 2017 Mentor and mentee registration

19 – 20 June Mentoring partnerships finalised and communicated

Week of 26 June 2017 Mentor training webinar (date and time to be finalised)

Week of 26 June 2017 Mentee training webinar (date and time to be finalised)

3 July 2017 Mentoring Program Launch 

30 September 2017 Pilot Program review date

 

Registration 

The Digital Women’s Network Mentoring Program matches enthusiastic and committed career minded individuals with professionals from a diverse range of industries and backgrounds, to share valuable industry knowledge and experience.

Register as:

  • Mentor – Enable this as a link to the DWN Mentor Registration Form

The role of the mentor is to assist the mentee with their career and personal development outside of their work environment.

  • Mentee – Enable this as a link to the DWN Mentee Registration Form

The role of the mentee in the mentoring partnership is to be the initiator, committing time and effort into managing the process to achieve your career and personal development goals.

 

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