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Mentoring Opportunity: Become a Mentor to Women Entrepreneurs in Developing Economies

Posted By Nicole Zefran, Monday, May 06, 2013
Nicole ZefranThe Cherie Blair Foundation for Women is looking for mentors to join their June 2013 program. The foundation supports women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies. This mentoring program is an opportunity to make an impact on women entrepreneurs in Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda, China, Pakistan, the Philippines or a host of other countries.

Through the combination of mentoring and technology, the Cherie Blair Foundation is revolutionizing a new way of supporting women entrepreneurs. All of the mentoring is done online using a specifically designed Google platform, which makes room for great flexibility and cross-country networking and learning. Over the course of a year, you will meet with your mentee online for two hours a month to work on goals that are tailored to her needs and your expertise.

To become a mentor, you need to have seven plus years of relevant experience and commit to a full year, one hour every two weeks, of mentoring.

Mentoring provides a tremendous learning and growth opportunity for both mentees and mentors. Mentoring has cultivated a global competency and enhanced skill set amongst mentors, which feeds back into their own work and can enrich the companies that employ them. In addition to building their CVs, gaining new skills and expanding their networks, many mentors reported that their mentoring relationships were truly life changing and inspirational.

To hear directly from past mentees and mentors, check out the program’s impact wall or read blogs by Shilpa, Julian or Nicola.

The application deadline is May 28, 2013. Click here to apply and support a women entrepreneur today!

 Cherie Blair Mentees

Important Information:

  • The first step is to review the selection criteria and complete the online application, which helps the Foundation find you a mentee who is a great match with your expertise and interests. If successful, you'll be invited to complete a short multimedia training online that will prepare you for being a mentor. 
  • After that, the foundation will match you with a mentee and help you kick-off your mentoring relationship, which will begin mid June.
  • The program lasts for 12 months and is all done online. You'll communicate with a mentee using Skype, Google Talk, Gchat, email or other online tools. 
  • In addition to a one-to-one mentoring relationship, you'll also have access to trainings, webinars and interactive online networking and learning platform that connects you with accomplished people from around the world. 
  • You'll want to se aside at least 2 hours a month to meet with your mentee and a bit more time if you'd like to attend webinars, trainings, etc.
  • Mentors are both men and women who are mid- to-senior level professionals and entrepreneurs from a variety of different backgrounds.
  • Mentees come from over 50 different countries and are passionate, driven entrepreneurs  who are looking for dedicated mentors to help them build their businesses, confidence and business skills. They request help in a wide range of areas, especially including (but not limited to) marketing, communications, finance, IT, strategy, sales, and HR. 
  • Mentors receive an unparalleled learning and growth experience, a title from the Cherie Blair Foundation, an opportunity to gain new professional contacts, access to networking events and trainings, a certificate from Cherie Blair and a personal relationship with their mentee.
  • You will be expected to be proactive in communicating with your mentee and available to meet according to a schedule you agree on together. 
  • Mentoring is a responsibility that requires time, dedication, but also yields a wealth of rewards. The program offers mentors a unique opportunity to develop their own leadership skills and network with like-minded professionals.

If you have any questions, contact Alicia at am@cherieblairfoundation.org.

Click here to find out more information about the Mentoring Women in Business Program.

 


Nicole Zefran is the Communications Intern at the Global Business School Network. 

Tags:  Entrepreneurship  mentor 

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