Offer: Call for Mentors-- Get Involved! (Deadline to apply: 28 May 2013)
You are invited to become a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation!
Three times each year, the Cherie Blair Foundation invites outstanding male and female team members to join their distinctive Mentoring Programme as mentors.
This is an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a woman entrepreneur in Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda, China, Pakistan, the Philippines or a host of other countries. If you apply by 28 May, you could soon embark on a mentoring relationship that could change your career and life.
How does the Mentoring Programme work? By combining mentoring with technology, the Cherie Blair Foundation is pioneering a new way of supporting women entrepreneurs. Mentoring breaks down the barriers they face. It helps to accelerate the strides these women are making and take their businesses, confidence and skills to the next level. All of the mentoring is done online using a specially-designed Google platform, which allows for great flexibility and cross-border networking and learning. Over the course of a year, you’ll meet with your mentee online two hours a month to work on goals that are tailored to her needs and your expertise.
What does it take to be a mentor? You need just two hours a month and a commitment and passion for supporting a woman as she grows and refines her business! You’ll need at least 7+ years of relevant experience and to be able to meet with your mentee for one hour every two weeks for a year. There are participants from diverse fields, sectors and countries, so chances are there is a mentee on board who could benefit from your expertise.
Mentors benefit too! Mentoring provides a tremendous learning and growth opportunity for both mentees and mentors. Mentoring has cultivated a global competency and enhanced skill set amongst mentors, which feeds back into their own work and can enrich the companies that employ them. In addition to building their CVs, gaining new skills and expanding their networks, many mentors report that their mentoring relationships were truly life changing and inspirational.
Apply by the 28th of May to lend your support to a woman entrepreneur and join the next group of mentors in this distinctive programme.
- The first step is to review the selection criteria and complete the online application, which helps the Foundation find you a mentee who is a great match with your expertise and interests. If successful, you’ll be invited to complete a short multimedia training online that will prepare you for being a mentor.
- After that, the Foundation will match you with a mentee and help you kick-off your mentoring relationship, which will begin in mid-June.
- The programme lasts for 12 months and is all done online. You’ll communicate with a mentee using Skype, Google Talk, Gchat, email or other online tools.
- In addition to a one-to-one mentoring relationship, you’ll also have access to trainings, webinars and an interactive online networking and learning platform that connects you with accomplished people from around the world.
- You’ll want to set aside at least 2 hours a month to meet online with your mentee and a bit more time if you’d like to attend webinars, trainings, etc.
- Mentors are both men and women who are mid- to senior-level professionals and entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds.
- Mentees come from over 50 different countries and are passionate, driven entrepreneurs who are looking for dedicated mentors to help them build their businesses, confidence and business skills. They request help in a wide range of areas, especially including (but not limited to) marketing, communications, finance, IT, strategy, sales and HR.
- Mentors receive an unparalleled learning and growth experience, a title from the Cherie Blair Foundation, an opportunity to gain new professional contacts, access to networking events and trainings, a certificate from Cherie Blair and a personal relationship with their mentee.
- You will be expected to be proactive in communicating with your mentee and available to meet according to a schedule you agree together. The programme requires a time commitment of at least 2 hours a month for 1 year.
- Mentoring is a responsibility that requires time and dedication, but also yields a wealth of rewards. The programme offers mentors a unique opportunity to develop their own leadership skills and network with like-minded professionals.
- If you have any questions, please contact Alicia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to find out more about the Mentoring Women in Business Programme.