Mentoring – An International Phenomenon

Mentoring is the key to unlocking hidden potential. We know that Mentoring is not just a North American phenomenon. Globally, organizations are recognizing mentoring as crucial to women’s growth and success.

This is even more the case in developing countries. In India, while the number of women employees is around 29 percent in the workforce at junior levels, it drops to about 9 percent at senior levels. So, what can change such situations? Just one word – Mentoring!

This is why we just had to share this international mentoring story.

Our past Mentoring Coordinator Alpana Sharma, whom many of you know, is currently on leave in India. Never far from her mind and heart is mentoring and Alpana has been busy bringing the WEC Mentoring program to Delhi, India.

Last month, Alpana presented to Development Alternatives, a non-profit in the field of sustainable development. Currently, the organization does not have a mentoring program, so, they were very keen to learn about mentoring.

Alpana provided information and details about what mentoring means, skills for being an effective mentor and the different mentoring formats. Maybe most importantly, Alpana shared the stories of successful mentoring examples that she has come to know and write about in her role at WEC.

Sharma says “I was very proud to mention my association with the award-winning WEC mentoring program and how we see first-hand the positive impact that mentoring creates on women entrepreneurs. There were lots of questions and participants were really involved in discussions and exercises.”

The potential seeds for mentoring have been sown. If only a few of the participants adopt a mentoring model in Delhi, the potential benefits will create stories that Alpana can bring back to share with all of us. Never under-estimate the difference that one person can make. Thanks, Alpana!

Dawn McCooey

Dawn McCooey is the Skills Development Manager for Women’s Enterprise Centre, and is based in the Victoria office. Dawn has worked in the adult training and development field for over 20 years. As owner of a career consulting company for over 18 years, Dawn managed up to 32 employees in three offices in Victoria and was voted “Best Boss in Victoria.” Her book “Keeping Good Employees On Board” was an bestseller in 2010. Dawn was also the HR expert on the Reality TV Show “The Hard Way.”

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