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The only real currency we have is our time. I choose to spend my time investing in the greatness of others; helping them reach their potential; and ultimately, advancing the capacity of our collective future.
I really appreciated participating in the program, and found a lot of direction for my career. I developed a clear path forward. The session facilitators were insightful and in touch with issues we as women face in the workforce. With programs like these, you learn just as much from the people in the class. I was inspired by the discussions and sharing of this strong group of women who gathered in Calgary.
Mentoring is an opportunity to give back to someone who is striving to improve their own performance, but also continue to learn from others at the same time. It is an important step in everyone's development to have independent perspective on self-improvement, being able to find other ways to look at challenges and learn from other people's mistakes and challenges.
My mentor brought a new perspective on the challenges I was facing and gave me coping mechanisms for dealing with stressful situations so that I didn’t end up reacting without thinking through the situation first, and learning how to pick and win my battles. I got matched with a mentor who took this process very seriously and did not just give me the minimum requirements of this program.
When I first started in my business there wasn't anybody that I could look to for help. Now I'm committed to being what I didn't have: a mentor.
I have become a more effective leader with this course by becoming more assertive in my direction and actions.
Mentoring is paying forward the value I have received from others in my career development.
Throughout this year, I’ve learned the importance of relationship building. This skill was key while launching a key initiative for our company as I worked with several different departments who held crucial functions to the launch of the program. Based on what I learned from my mentor and the in-class sessions, I was able to build upon my negotiation, network building, presentation and communication skills (both verbal and written) at many levels in the organization and with suppliers outside our organization.
Being able to give back to up and coming leaders and to share the various mistakes I’ve made and to know that it’s never as devastating as you think – to help them to focus and find direction – that is all worthwhile and rewarding to a mentor.
The connection I made with my mentor - she comes from a relatable industry to mine. [Our] calls were scheduled and always completed and she offered more than what the program suggested in terms of communication. There was genuine connection which still carries through to today! I was able to discuss my current state, and opportunities on my own path and she offered genuine guidance, from a high level point of view, which was non-bias given she is from outside of my organization.
Mentoring is experiential learning with a high; it provides for continuous learning not just for the mentee but the mentor as well. There is no higher form of learning than one achieved in this relationship.
Mentoring is an important opportunity for professional development in that it helps us learn from others, permits validation of ideas and provides coaching. While a mentor does not have to be of the same gender as the mentee, I believe that many aspects of women’s leadership are only truly understood by women: Sharing that perspective with younger women leaders is beneficial to the mentee, the mentor and their organizations.
I strongly believe that we have a responsibility to share and teach some of the important lessons we have learned on our own journey to leadership. When I coach and mentor female professionals I continue to learn as well, and I am committed to providing useful guidance to help them reach their greatest potential.
Some of the benefits include:
● Develop a relationship with one of the most powerful women in Canada;
● Acquire new skills and knowledge to better compete for your next position;
● Develop an extensive network of peers from across Canada and across industries;
● Receive advice to help evaluate career goals and establish your career path while developing a personal career action plan;
● Acquire networking skills;
● Gain access to the WXN community and professional development activities;
● Renew confidence in your own potential and abilities.
Your application includes a Mentor Matching Questionnaire. From the information you provide, we will match you with an experienced Top 100 Award Winner who shares your industry, interests and/or background.
The program runs from January to December 31, 2021.
Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary for the in-class sessions.
|Accenture||Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity|
|Children First Canada
|Government of Nova Scotia||Grafton Asset Management|
|Grainger Canada||Husky Energy|
|Intact Financial Corporation||KPMG LLP|
|Lawson Lundell LLP||LCBO|
|LNG Canada||Loblaw Companies Ltd|
|Manulife Financial||Mercedes-Benz Canada|
|Metronome United||Norquest College|
|Shell Canada||Teck Resources|
|Via Rail Canada||Visa|