We’re delighted to be making public the life-changing opportunity to be a professional mentor for a woman entrepreneur – opening doors for individuals everywhere to become business heroes.
What is the Mentoring Women in Business programme?
The Mentoring Women in Business programme was born from the belief in the power of mentoring, a realisation of the role technology can play in building connections, and a view that community is a powerful force for change. By forging these elements together, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women created a new way to support women entrepreneurs around the world.
The Foundation matches experienced businesspeople in any country with woman entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income countries for a year-long, cross-border, entirely online mentoring relationship.
The Autumn 2020 intake for our Mentoring Women in Business programme is now open for applications from both mentors and mentees, with applications closing on Friday 16th October. This intake will also be a the first to be launched on our brand-new mentoring platform, which will allow mentees and mentors to 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.
I am grateful for the opportunity given to me. I worked with an indefatigable, devoted mentor. She gave me the best in the last twelve months. I will miss her great support, but anywhere I go, I will always have her in my mind. Bravo, my mentor.
— Lizzy, former mentee
The positive impact of mentoring
Mentoring Women in Business benefits everyone. 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 most recently-graduated mentees, 95% were either satisfied, more than satisfied, or very satisfied with the programme.
Of our 2019 mentors:
- 100% said the programme benefitted their personal and professional development, including building leadership, business and communication skills, growing awareness of a new culture or market, and their management/teamwork abilities
98% were satisfied
- 98% of mentors were either satisfied, more than satisfied or very satisfied with the programme
89% gained new skills
- 89% reported gained new skills which fed back into and enhanced their own work
To read more about the positive impact of our mentoring programme, please visit: cherieblairfoundation.org/category/impact
Mentoring has developed me as a person… It’s a two-way success story of personal growth for the mentor while helping the mentee realise her dream.
— Samridhi Sarin, Director of Global Financial Crimes Compliance, Bank of America
What does it mean to be a mentor?
The process of being a mentor has many benefits, including:
- Developing and deepening your leadership, active listening and communication skills
- Growing professionally during these difficult times and while working remotely
- Learning about different cultures, professional backgrounds, sectors or industries
- Helping level the playing field for women in business cultures and perspectives
- Creating impact by empowering and releasing the potential of women entrepreneurs at a time when they need it more than ever
- Contributing to rebuilding economies post-COVID-19
- Building understanding the challenges that women entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income countries face
- Inspiring and motivating others, playing a crucial and lasting role in the development of a business
You could find yourself working with a shoe designer from Vietnam; a shop owner from Pakistan; a wine producer from South Africa; a travel agency owner from Kenya, an engineer from Myanmar; or other ambitious women running their own enterprises. Your support will help boost her confidence, improve her business performance and skills, and potentially have a huge impact on her life, her family, her community and beyond.
To find out more information on requirements, commitments and expectations for being a mentor, follow this link or download the PDF above.
How do I fund my place and apply?
Mentoring is an important, enriching experience for both you and your mentee, but also a valuable and generous donation of your time and money. We ask mentors to fund their ‘match’—both their own participation and that of their mentees—for a cost of £1,100.
You can do this out of your own pocket, by fundraising for your place, or by asking your company to make a donation to cover your participation as professional development.
To apply to be a mentor, please complete this short online form. Applications for the Autumn 2020 intake close on Friday 16 October. Successful mentor applicants will be contacted after completing their application form with information on how to make their donation.
Want to support women entrepreneurs but don’t have the time to mentor?
There are many fantastic businesswomen among the Foundation’s programmes alumni who are now eligible and keen to be mentors but not in a position to fund their match. We are able to broaden access to the Mentoring programme by offering these potential mentors a funded place, thanks to the support of individuals who recognise its immense value.
If you’d like to support a women entrepreneur to take her professional development to the next level by becoming a mentor herself, you can fund her match with a mentee for £1,100. To find out more, please get in touch with our Partnerships team today!
Since 2008, we’ve directly supported over 175,000 women to grow and strengthen their businesses, and in turn support their families and communities. Now, our ambitions are growing: our 100,000 Women Campaign, will enable us to reach another 100,000 women by 2022.