Throughout the course of our careers it is important to share and receive the support we need to continuously grow in pursuit of our personal and professional goals.
The WiT Mentoring Program is a 12 week program designed to create an inclusive and supportive environment for career development within an evolving network of women in technology.
The WiT Mentoring Program provides a platform for both mentees and mentors to engage with one another and the broader mentoring cohort to gain real-life insights and experiential learnings.
The program cultivates what we call a ‘community of practice’ by facilitating offline and online connection for mentees to explore their focus and direction with their mentors. This is a dynamic journey anchored to a selection of curated topics relevant to the growth-seeking professional. These topics are supported by human-centred tools and content drawn from global best practice and emerging thought leadership, inspiring and mobilising mentees to focus on areas of improvement with their mentor. Whether you are great at talking but struggle with strategic conversations, or are a quiet, reserved individual who is trying to navigate a career change, the program is designed to help you identify the challenges, opportunities, and motivations that are unique to you. Paired with a mentor that is best suited to journey alongside you, this program offers an opportunity to find clarity and pay attention to the things that matter to you, all the while building life-long connections.
Participation in this program is open to both mentees and mentors. If you’re in need of guidance or support navigating your career, we encourage you to apply as a mentee. And, if you’re ready to pay your knowledge and experience forward, we highly encourage you to join us as a mentor.
Our WiT Mentoring Program is delivered in partnership with Business Models Inc. is an international strategy and business design agency that helps organisations around the world design their future. The Program is facilitated by:
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This program is proudly sponsored by:
If you would like to receive information on becoming a Mentor please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Eales, Managing Director and Strategy Designer
Michael is the Managing Director of Business Models Inc in Australia and New Zealand, an award-winning international business, design and innovation consultancy. As a design pioneer, Michael is focused on pushing the traditional boundaries of work. His work focuses on the tools of design to shape new skills and mindsets for navigating uncertainty. He supports people in organisations of all sizes and across all sectors to think better, communicate more effectively, and work faster – so that their strategic ambition can be recognised. Michael has been involved with the WiT Mentoring Program for a number of years through Business Models Inc, utilising his experience to support both mentees and mentors in achieving their ambitions.
Julia McNamara, Business Designer
Julia is an emerging strategy professional committed to creating innovative, collaborative and impactful solutions. With a background in Communications and Creative Intelligence, including experience spanning multiple sectors, she enjoys drawing out the connections within complex problems. In her work with Business Models Inc, Julia collaborates with organisations and individuals to realise their strategic ambitions. This has included working with the Women in Technology Mentoring Program throughout 2020, and she looks forward to once again supporting mentees and mentors on their journey in 2021.
Week 1 kicks-off the 12 week program with two separate half-day workshops, mentees and mentors to establish expectations and the role they play in the program. While mentees uncover what they wish to get out of the program, their visions and aspirations, mentors will work through their roles and responsibilities and be guided through listening and questioning techniques that are crucial to being a stellar mentor. Both groups will be guided through BMI's Cover Story Canvas to understanding what they are hoping to get out of the program and find clarity in their thinking. During this time, our facilitators will be observing and pairing mentors and mentees to be announced a few days post workshops based on the online questionnaire completed at the registration of the program.
Weeks 2–12 is where the fun begins. At the start of each week, you will be supplied with the topic of the week via the WiT Mentoring Program community Slack Channel, where you will find information, resources, and tasks to take to your one-on-one sessions with your mentor. Here you can chat with others about the events you have attended, people you have met, content for the week, or really anything that you think others would find interesting. In your mentoring sessions you may choose to focus on the theme for that week, or perhaps something hyper-relevant that has come up at work that you want to address. Either way, this program is incredibly flexible and is designed so that you gain the most out of it, no matter what stage of career you’re in. Half way through this program, we will all gather for a mid-way coffee check in with the cohort to share our experiences so far, as well as provide guidance, feedback and support to everyone involved. And then, before you know it, it’s Week 12 and we close with a collective breakfast to celebrate our successes and debrief on the entire experience.
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