Carefully matched with you to suit your needs, you could find yourself being mentored by a knowledgeable, friendly professional from anywhere in the world and any sector, from a director of a major global corporation to a fellow successful woman entrepreneur. Their support will help improve your business performance and skills, boost your confidence and potentially have a huge impact on your life, your family, your community and beyond.
Applications from potential mentees and mentors for the November start are open now, closing on 15 October. Please read this page thoroughly to ensure you understand what will be expected of you and can fulfil this commitment before applying.
By giving access to business knowledge, supporting new skills, confidence-building, and creating and developing networks, it enables women entrepreneurs to increase the revenue and profits of their businesses, create jobs, and become pioneering leaders, change-makers and role models in their communities. Of our 2020 graduating mentees, 100% were either satisfied or very satisfied with the programme, 96% told us they built skills in strategy, 88% in marketing, 89% in personnel management, 79% in product/service development and 67% in sales.
These women were also able to uncover personal qualities within themselves: 95% reported that the experience increased their confidence levels, 95% said they had improved their communication skills, and 95% said they became more innovative and able to challenge existing ways of thinking or acting.
We endeavour to match each mentee with a mentor who has experience in the areas she wants to focus on, whether that’s planning, marketing, communications, finance/accounting, strategy, sales, accessing capital, leadership, management, negotiation or any other areas related to business and professional development.
Mentees went on to apply these skills to their businesses with fantastic results:
This enjoyable, engaging process has many rich benefits for mentors too: 100% of our 2020 mentors said the programme benefitted their own personal and professional development.
In addition to the benefits of a mentoring relationship, participants who successfully complete the programme receive a certificate from Cherie Blair CBE QC, access to trainings and our online community, a title and more.
Mentees and mentors are carefully matched to ensure the strongest, most mutually beneficial and impactful relationship, before embarking on a year of speaking and meeting online for about two hours a month, all through our bespoke online mentoring platform.
Using our platform, mentoring pairs conduct video calls, share direct messages, set, monitor and analyse their performance against their agreed goals, and easily track their individual learning progress throughout their programme journey.
The journey consists of four phases:
At the start of your relationship, we will invite you to participate in a welcome webinar, where you’ll be welcomed into the programme and receive important information about the upcoming year. Our team will guide you every step of the way, offering dedicated support to ensure that both mentees and mentors get the most out of their relationships and online platform. We’ll monitor progress and check in to see how each mentoring pair is doing every few months. Other than meeting with your mentoring partner regularly, the only requirement is to complete short feedback forms to reflect on your goals and tell us how we can best support you.
Please take some time to review our application criteria. Mentees must be:
Mentees are expected to…
We run three mentoring cohorts a year, starting in May, August & November, meaning our applications open three times a year. Applications for May cohorts open in March, for August cohorts open in June and for November cohorts they open in September.
Applications from potential mentees and mentors for the November start are open now, closing on 15 October.
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There are two ways to join the programme as a mentee:
If you meet the selection criteria above the next step is to complete the online application form, which takes around 20 minutes. Your application answers help us get to know you and find you a mentor who is a great fit with your interests, background, needs and goals. To ensure we can find your best mentor match, we strongly encourage you to take the time to add as much information about your business and professional aspirations as possible.
During our application window, we aim to process and respond to applications within 1 week. If you have any technical issues at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
If selected, you’ll first be invited to participate in a few hours of online training.
The training ensures you are able to start the programme with the knowledge and tools you need for a productive mentoring relationship. This not only builds a good foundation for starting the programme, but also helps you develop skills that you can transfer to your work and professional life.
If you pass the training test successfully, you may be invited to have a call with one of our team members. During this call, we check that you understand the programme requirements and your responsibilities, as well as confirming your level of English. This call, which will last up to 15 minutes, is a required step in the recruitment process.
A few weeks later, you’ll be carefully matched with your mentor. Our matching process involves taking information provided by mentees and mentors in their application forms and pulling the information through our platform’s algorithm. This algorithm identifies potential matches, prioritising creating pairs who share an alignment of topics and skills, but also practical elements like complimentary time zones. We find that matching based on the mentee’s needs and mentor’s expertise is preferable over matching by sector.
You’ll then find out who your mentor is and be introduced to them, gain access to the online mentoring platform, participate in the welcome webinar, and can begin your one-on-one mentoring relationship!
Our mentors and mentees receive an unparalleled learning and growth experience, a title from the Foundation, an opportunity to gain new professional contacts, access to training, a completion certificate and a personal relationship with their mentoring partner. They have a lot of fun along the way and become part of a global, supportive community. We honour mentees and mentors who meet the requirements of the programme and make the most out of their relationships.