How to Apply

Applications for the 2017-18 cycle of the Mentoring Programme will open on the 16th August.

The application process includes:

  • attending an information session
  • completing an online application form

and for those shortlisted:

  • attending a face to face interview

Prior to submission of the application form, all prospective applicants MUST attend ONE of our upcoming Information Sessions to hear from our Mentoring Programme Alumni and Steering Committee on the benefits of the Programme curriculum, the commitment required of participants, and the selection and pairing process. 

The Information Session dates for 2017-18 are as follows:

16 August   18.30 - 20.30 (FULL)                   

18 August   12.15 - 14.00 (FULL) 

22 August   18.30 - 20.30 (FULL)                 

24 August   07.45 - 09.30  *Mentor Only Session* Register here

31 August   12.15 - 14.00 (FULL)

4 September   18.30 - 20.30  Register (FULL)

To register for a session, please visit our Events page, please sign up early to avoid disappointment.

N.B. Whilst the session on 24 August is for mentors only, we welcome mentors to attend any of the 6 sessions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply? 

The Women’s Foundation Mentoring Programme caters for emerging and established women leaders who can demonstrate a strong commitment to the Programme, through actively engaging with their Mentor/Protégé and other Programme participants, attending in the Leadership Development workshops, providing regular feedback to TWF and 'paying it forward' by launching or supporting women's advancement initiatives within their organisations and industries. We select women from a diverse range of nationalities and cultures, industries and professional sectors and experiences, but whom all share common professional goals, a fierce commitment to the success of the Programme and developing a pipeline of women leaders. 

What is the selection criteria?

In selecting participants, The Women’s Foundation and the Mentoring Programme Steering Committee consider the following competencies and criteria:

  Essential Desirable
  • Have a minimum of 15 years’ full-time work experience, with at least five years‘ experience in a managerial position
  • ­Be motivated by a strong desire to see the next generation of women leaders achieve their full potential
  • Be able to allocate time to their Protégé on a regular basis
  • Have a clear understanding of roles of both Mentors and Protégés
  • Be an excellent listener
  • Be motivated and enthusiastic
  • Have previous mentoring experience
  • Be able to identify specific skillsets or areas that they can offer to help a Protégé
  • Be commited to Hong Kong
  • Have a minimum of five years' full time work experience
  • Be open and eager to share and learn from others
  • Be highly motivated to improve themselves and to achieve professional success
  • Be committed to driving their mentoring relationship and attending the leadership development curriculum events
  • Be able to articulate their desired outcomes
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Be open to feedback and learning
  • Managerial experience
  • Ability to identify achievable goals and action plan within the 12­-month journey of the Programme
  • Ability to identify areas that one looks for in a mentor
  • Previous work experience in Hong Kong and committed to staying in Hong Kong


What is the selection process?

The Information Sessions take place in August and September and attendance at one of the Information Sessions is mandatory for all applicants. To be eligible for the Programme and be considered for an interview, candidates are also required to complete and submit an online application form. The deadline for submitting the online application form is September 11, 2017. TWF and the Mentoring Programme Steering Committee will shortlist the applicants who are invited for a face-to-face interview. The 10 minute interviews will take place between September 27 - 29, and October 11 - 14, 2017.

The face-to-face interview is the chance for applicants to compellingly convey their skills and experience, and outline how they would benefit from and contribute to the Mentoring Programme. Mentor and protégé applicants will be interviewed by two people for 10 minutes. To ensure a fair and objective interviewing process, all interviewers receive training on conducting interviews. 

What is the time commitment?

The success of the Programme is, in large part, thanks to the engagement and drive of the participants. Based on past experience, the participants who get most out of the Programme are those who whole-heartedly commit to, and invest time and energy in, the Programme and their mentoring relationship.

The Programme lasts for one year from the Ice-breakers in November 2017 to the graduation ceremony in September 2018. Candidates MUST be based in Hong Kong for at least the duration of the programme and should not apply if they anticipate having to be away for work or personal reasons for substantial periods of time during the year.

The Ice-breaker sessions are an essential stage of the Programme where successful applicants connect with as many prospective mentors and protégés as possible to facilitate the pairing process. Both mentors and protégés are required to attend at least four of the six Ice-breakers in November and December. We reserve the right to withdraw individuals from the Programme in the event that this requirement is not met.

Once the pairs have been announced, each mentoring pair is responsible for managing their own meetings with the onus on protégés to drive the engagement. We suggest that pairs meet at least once a month during the Programme. In addition to the one-on-one mentoring between pairs, TWF will also arrange group mentoring events and mentoring circles where mentors and protégés can hear multiple perspectives and share peer-to-peer learnings. We also actively encourage participants to organise their own discussion groups and social events to expand their network and further support each other.

Throughout the Programme, TWF will organise two to three Leadership Development sessions per month. We expect both mentors and protégés to attend a minimum of 50% of the Leadership Group Sessions, with a suggested attendance of at least 75% of sessions.

What is an 'ice-breaker'?

Before participants are paired up in December, TWF will hold a series of ice-breaker events in November to allow everyone an opportunity to meet and identify their respective Mentor or Protégé. The ice-breakers include an open mic session, a speed dating event, and a sharing session from Mentoring Programme Alumni.

How are Mentors and Protégés paired?

One of our main objectives for the Mentoring Programme is to create compatible and sustainable matchings between individual Mentors and Protégés. To facilitate the pairing process, the Programme kicks off with a series of Ice-breaker sessions that provide multiple opportunities for participants to self-select their Mentor or Protégé. Taking these personal preferences into account, TWF and the Steering Committee will then pair participants based on their interests, professional and life experiences, motivations and affinities.

Can I join halfway through the Programme?

No, candidates cannot join mid-way through the cycle due to the highly structured nature of the Programme. Interested individuals will have to wait to apply for the next cycle.

Language of delivery? 

The Leadership Development Curriculum and all group mentoring sessions are delivered in English. 

Cost involved 
The Programme, apart from a few events, are free of charge for both mentors and protégés thanks to the generous support of our Corporate Partners.

For any other queries, please contact

Mentoring Programme for Women Leaders

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