Mentoring & Training

 Programme 1: EWoB Mentees

 
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This transnational Mentoring programme matches mentees among the EWoB membership with mentors from companies from cross-sectors with an international dimension. The EWoB Mentees programme is co-funded by the Progress Programme of the European Union. This is a pilot programme which will be renewed each year. 

EWoB Project Team: Cécile Coune, Co-chair, and Karima Zahi, Project Manager

The pilot programme 2015-16 has now ended, with the closing event held in Brussels in October 2016. Watch this space for details of the next programme to be launched in 2017!

 

Objectives

For EWoB: the mentoring programme aims to promote a valuable female talent pool among EWoB’s membership, to help highly talented women reaching top decision-making positions, and to increase international visibility of board-ready women. This programme is an opportunity for EWoB to participate actively in the debate on how diversity can contribute to develop more balanced business models, when there is a pressing need for companies to improve their competitiveness and to rethink their business models.

For mentors: the mentoring programme is meant for mentors to enhance their skills in guiding and providing leadership for talented (female) professionals and looking at internal processes and dynamics from a female perspective. Furthermore, mentors will gain knowledge on the advantages of gender balance at the top and in the pipeline and benefit from learning from the perspectives of the next generation of leaders. In addition to an opportunity for mutual exchange on gender diversity in a given sector, mentors will be part of the EWoB expanding network of like-minded professionals at senior level who are active in making progress on gender diversity in companies in Europe.

For mentees: the mentoring programme is meant for female Directors to develop their strategic and executive interpersonal skills in a ‘safe’ external environment. They will learn from other women in board positions (X-board) to deal with political savy (e.g. unwritten rules) and to interact at boardroom level. Furthermore, the programme provides these women with the opportunity to achieve their objectives in their own authentic way while understanding and utilizing the dynamics of power, the organization, and decision making processes.

 

Programme

In this EWoB transnational and cross-sectorial mentoring programme, mentees are talented women from EwoB member associations at C-Suite level and mentors are chairs and/or CEO from (listed) large and medium-size companies with an international dimension.

Among EWoB 10 members in 9 countries, each member nominates 2 key talents / high potential female directors (maximum of 20 in total referred to as ‘peer group’). EwoB members propose mentors (men and women) among their network at national level to act as mentor of this peer group.

 

Highlights of the 2015-16 Programme

The 2015-16 Programme was launched in December 2015.

There was a follow-up conference in March 2016, in Brussels. Listen to the event’s audio recording below:

The closing event was held in October 2016, in Brussels.

Some comments from the 2015-16 Programme Mentees:

‘My mentor was very attentive; she quickly analyzed the situation and gave me good advice.’

‘100% positive feedback. My mentor is a top professional and a very kind, lovely person!’

‘My mentor was right on the mark with observations and gave me advice like no other mentor had done before.’

Here you can see photos of the Mentors and Mentees and snapshots from the conferences over the course of the programme.

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Some of the 2015-16 EWoB Mentors and Mentees

 

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Snapshots from the October 2016 closing event

 

Programme 2: EWoB Mentors

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The EWoB Mentors programme was developed in partnership with our key sponsor PwC Europe.  This is an opportunity for PwC to participate in a cross-border female mentoring/coaching programme at board level for its senior female key-talents. The programme is designed to have women on Boards from members of one of the EWoB network associations as mentors/coaches , and as mentees/coachees PwC Europe key-talents / high potential female directors.

Both organisations, EWoB and PwC Europe, are convinced that mentoring is a strong support for women on their way to the top, being the management committee or the boardroom, and provides a very enriching personal development opportunity to both mentor and mentee.

EWoB Project Team: Cécile Coune, Co-chair, and Karima Zahi, Project Manager

 

Objectives

For PwC Europe: the mentoring programme aims to unleash the power of diversity in order to further diversify its leadership teams and partnership. The programme is expected to enrich the female pipeline to the partnership by broadening the horizon of PwC female key-talents and empowering them to reach the partnership. Talents and mentors will also learn from each other’s cultures and differences.

For EWoB: the mentoring programme aims to promote a valuable female talent pool within PwC, to help highly talented women reaching top decision-making positions, and to increase international visibility of board-ready women. This programme is an opportunity for EWoB to participate actively in the debate on how diversity can contribute to develop more balanced business models, when there is a pressing need for companies to improve their competitiveness and to rethink their business models.

For female Directors (mentees): the mentoring programme aims for female Directors to develop their strategic and executive interpersonal skills in a ‘safe’ external environment. They will learn from other women in board positions (X-board) to deal with political savy (e.g. unwritten rules) and to interact at PwC partner level (subsequently boardroom level).

Furthermore, the programme provides these women with the opportunity to achieve their objectives in their own authentic way while understanding and utilizing the dynamics of power, the organization, and decision making processes.

 

Programme

The PwC Europe mentoring programme is a cross-territory (BE, DE, NL) mentoring programme where 15 mentors are female board members from EwoB member associations and 15 mentees are PwC Europe key talents (female directors with Partner potential) which will perfectly match the objectives of both organisations. On 8 September 2015 the first one year programme is launched in Amsterdam.

Each country has nominated 5 key talents / high potential female directors (maximum of 15 in total referred to as ‘peer group’). EwoB and PwC have selected 15 women from EWoB organisations in Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands to act as mentor of this peer group. It is currently contemplated that after one year, and after evaluation of the first run, a new run takes off.

 

Kick-off

EWoB and our partner sponsor PwC Europe launched their first Mentors programme in Amsterdam on 10 September 2015.  The programme closed on 30 June 2016 in Brussels.

The mentoring launch event for Programme II (2017) was held on 30 November 2016 in Berlin.