About the Programme
Since 2009, over 800 women have participated in TWF’s highly acclaimed Mentoring Programme for Women Leaders. On joining the Programme, each participant will be asked to complete a Personal Pledge to record the commitments they are signing up to as an advocate for change to affect both institutional change and a change in their personal actions, in the context of TWF’s work on empowering girls and women in Hong Kong.
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
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 to Peer Mentoring activities, which facilitate the creation of a highly supportive network of women leaders. For the 10th Year, we have added a third strand of Group Mentoring. Finally, the Leadership Development Curriculum includes a series of Leadership Skills Workshops designed to enhance participants’ interpersonal and personal development.
Mentors and Protégés are matched according to common goals, motivations, interests and professions. Each mentoring pair is responsible for managing their own meetings with the onus on protégés to drive the engagement. 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.
Peer to Peer Mentoring
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:
Peer Panels: The Peer Panels are a highly interactive component of the Mentoring Programme that explore a range of topics relating to professional / personal development, that are either not covered by the current curriculum or which could be usefully further explored. Organised by protégés and led by mentors, the Peer Panels allow protégés to develop their leadership skills and be more engaged in the Programme content.
Mentor and Protégés Check-ins: Monthly check-ins will be held for mentors and protégés to come together to share best practice on making the most of their mentoring experience as well as seeking and providing professional advice on the professional challenges they are facing. These sessions are held in small groups where members learn from and share tips 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”.
Our ground-breaking one-to-one mentoring has been extremely impactful since 2009. Over the last two years, we have introduced a successful strand of peer mentoring and for our 10th year we are introducing a third strand of mentoring where protégés and mentors will share their challenges and expertise in 10 groups of 10. The content delivery channels will range from webinars to bite-sized videos. This content is specific to the Group Mentoring strand and will add a level of flexibility to the Programme.
Leadership Skills Sessions
TWF provides participants with the opportunity to participate in specially tailored workshops on topics such as executive presentation and communication skills, developing resilience, positive mindset, 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. We also understand that when women are mentored, there tends to be a focus on developing soft skills. Whilst this is important, we also understand that to increase the number of women leaders, mentoring should also focus on building business and strategy acumen so for the 10th Year the Programme reflects this.
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.