by Gini Dupasquier, PWA Professional Development Director & Mentoring Program Leader
The 2013 edition of the PWA mentoring Program is now up and running. The Program received huge interest and this year it will involve a record number of 106 women divided into 53 mentor-mentee pairs.
On May 6th we held a special evening dedicated to our Mentors, with the goal of sharing best practices and useful hints on how to manage the mentoring relationship. With the help of Valerie Ryder, an experienced professional, we discussed what the most important skills a Mentor should have. We then learned from the direct experience of three Mentors from last year and how they helped their Mentees define and break down their goals. Many thanks to the excellent contribution of Annarosa Borzacchiello, Liana Dugaro and Andrea Cairella.
On May 15th, we held the official kickoff workshop involving all participants. That was the occasion for the pairs to meet for the first time, break the ice and start their relationships. Over the next 6 months, from May to December, they will meet to work on professional development objectives defined during the workshop.
Are you wondering how the pairs were matched?
The job of matching was long and carefully thought out. In March each applicant sent us her CV and the application form, indicating the specific areas in which she desired the support of a mentor: the more details provided, the more likely we were to find a good match with a mentor with the competencies and / or professional background particularly suitable to that specific mentee. Similarly, mentors sent us their experience and their strong areas in which they felt they could contribute.
We read and re-read all the CVs, forms and information and slowly the individual pairs came to light. When we were undecided between two mentees with similar requests, the mentee with seniority in PWA membership had priority.
When mentee requests were a bit vague, if possible we asked for more details in person, in other cases we applied a little common sense and creativity. At the end of this process, we are satisfied with the matches; the ball is now in the participants’ court.
In addition to compatibility “on paper”, chemistry and openness will now make a huge difference…
Good luck to all Mentors and Mentees!
For any query please don’t hesitate to contact any of us at the Mentoring Team: myself or Karolina Wrobel or Valeria Cardillo Piccolino at the usual address: professional@pwa-milan-org