About the Programme
Since 2009, over 650 women have participated in TWF’s highly acclaimed Mentoring Programme for Women Leaders.
Throughout the year-long programme, participants benefit from personal and professional development through their one-on-one mentoring journey complemented by peer-to-peer learning, mentoring circles, inspirational talks, panel discussions, skills-enhancement workshops and networking events.
The ultimate goal of the Mentoring Programme is to increase the number of women in policy and decision-making roles across sectors.
It aims to help:
Leadership Development Curriculum
Our new Leadership Development Curriculum is inspired by the 10 skills essential for work in 2020, as identified by the World Economic Forum. At the core of the Mentoring Programme is the one-to-one cross-industry Mentoring Relationship, a hallmark of TWF’s Mentoring Programme. Supplementing the Mentor/Protégé pairing is a series of Peer Learning activities, which facilitate the creation of a highly supportive network of women leaders. Finally, the Leadership Development Curriculum includes a series of Leadership Skills Workshops designed to enhance participants’ interpersonal and personal development.
Leadership Skills Workshop
TWF provides participants with the opportunity to participate in specially tailored workshops on topics such as executive presentation and communication skills, effective negotiation, positive leadership, and online branding. Through these workshops, participants receive individualized and actionable feedback from industry experts, with the ultimate aim of developing their interpersonal and personal leadership skills.
Mentors and Protégés are matched according to common goals, motivations, interests and professions. Mentoring pairs typically meet once a month throughout the programme year. TWF provides ongoing support and guidance on appropriate discussion topics and effective communication to ensure both Protégés and mentors maximise the benefits of their relationship. Participants are also encouraged to personalise their experience according to their individual objectives.
In addition to their relationship with their mentor or protégé, participants will be given the chance to connect and engage with a wide network of women from different industries within the Mentoring Programme. Peer-learning, in the form of both formal and informal activities, allows participants to form both a robust professional network as well as long-lasting friendships. Such activities include:
Mentoring Circles: An exciting and relatively new phenomenon in the field of mentoring, mentoring circles allow circle members to leverage multiple perspectives from several mentors and protégés leading to enhanced peer to peer learning and sharing. During the Programme cycle, participants are typically invited to participate in three to four professionally facilitated mentoring circles comprising several mentors and protégés, to discuss topics selected by circle members.
Mentor and Protégés Check-ins: A forum for peer-to-peer experience sharing on matters relating to your mentoring relationship in the Programme. These sessions are held in small groups where members learn from and share tips and advice with each other on matters they wish to discuss.
Social Events: Participants also enjoy social and networking events that bring together Programme participants in relaxed and convivial settings.
Inspiring Talks and Panel Discussions: Participants are exposed to the wisdom, experience and inspiration of prominent business and civic leaders in Hong Kong.
Outstanding past guest speakers who have addressed our mentoring and alumni cohort include Dr. Ron Brown, a leading expert and innovator in the fields of Leadership Development, Diversity and Inclusion and Organizational Change, and Founder and President of Banks Brown, and Natalie Reynolds, Founder and CEO of advantageSPRING, and author of “We Have a Deal”.
The Mentoring Programme’s Alumni Network allows participants from the Programme to stay connected and engaged with the ever-expanding network of inspiring, accomplished and mutually supportive women who have graduated from the Mentoring Programme.
TWF strongly encourages the business and professional community to support disadvantaged women and girls in Hong Kong through volunteering work. Mentors and protégés have the opportunity to meet and connect with TWF's grassroots NGO partners as part of the Programme.