DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION THROUGH THE POWER OF MENTORING
Mentoring programs provide the key to ensuring that diversity, inclusion and gender equality are company norms. Access to mentoring partnerships for women creates career progression opportunities and encourages female empowerment. Organisations are really starting to understand the benefits of female leadership. Structured mentorship programs have the ability to place gender diversity and inclusion at the forefront, increasing awareness, commitment and action to drive change for diversity of thought leadership.
In Australia, companies are changing their perceptions around sponsoring rising women through the power of mentoring, realising our shared vision for women and men to be equally represented, equally valued and equally rewarded. As more women move into leadership and executive roles, their success is harnessed through the power of mentoring across industries and backgrounds. The power of diverse and inclusive mentoring is a catalyst to advance gender equality, diversity and inclusion.
The ability for career development and progression should be equally available to all gender identities. Facilitating mentoring relationships for women will help create a sense of belonging while supporting and leveraging fearless female talent. This will not only promote professional development and growth but will also contribute to the success of the company. Company workforces that prioritise diversity and inclusion are 1.7 times more innovative than their competitors.
COACHING & ADVISORY
Mentors can make a meaningful contribution to the professional growth and development of fearless women into the C’suite. Long-lasting and meaningful relationships are fostered and continue throughout the mentees professional career to assist them in building new skills and tackling new roles.
TAKE ‘GENDER’ OUT OF MENTORING
When men and women invest and promote female mentoring, we all win. Companies should promote a culture of diversity and inclusion which provides equal opportunities to all and which praises the efforts of every individual, no matter how big or small. An increase in inclusion through strong mentoring relationships will have the ability to retain diverse talent and foster productivity.