A holistic approach is required in order to support women into breaking the glass and develop their careers. Multiple stakeholders may contribute to this:
PWN Romania follows a systemic approach into supporting its individual members in this process of accelerating their careers. It gives mentoring, coaching and leadership training, assists companies in developing gender diversity programs and supports any public policy that aims to give women access to decision making positions.
PWN Romania’s mentoring program brings members closely and enables professionals to be part of the growth and development of those people who are at the beginning level of a successful career. Each member interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee (advice recipient) must fill in a standard form stating the goals, the expectations and the areas of expertise.
The committee of mentoring angels seeks candidates matching according to their strengths and areas of expertise. The program consists of monthly meetings during a time period of 6 months held either face-to-face or via phone/ Skype.
PWN Romania has already run a pilot experiment (2013) and a full-fledged program (2013-2014), creating life-changing impact and memories for both mentors and mentees. The results of this program are illustrated in the ￼Mentoring program closing celebration 2013-2014.
As a dynamic non-profit international network of professional women, the Global Professional Women’s Network uses the mentoring program as a tool to promote the professional progress of women in each phase of their career and helps them follow professional career paths.
Mentoring activity is a developmental partnership in which a person with relevant knowledge and experience (a mentor) shares knowledge and skills in order to support other people (a mentee) in their personal and professional development.
From an individual perspective, mentoring programs facilitate learning and mutual supporting relationships between the mentor and the mentee. The former contributes to the success of the latter by sharing lessons learned in the past and by providing insight into today’s business reality. In exchange, the mentor improves his communication skills and acquires professional recognition through the selection system. Essentially, the mentor provides professional potential development support, as well as access to professional networks which offer further opportunities. The mentee benefits of guidance in establishing and achieving professional goals. Therefore, he gains greater self-confidence and motivation.
Beyond the individual level, the mentoring program is beneficial also for organizations as it extends business networks and enhances business opportunities. It also improves strategic thinking in HR management (selection of high-potential employees, professional and personal development, more in-depth understanding of the organization).
The mentoring program is developed and implemented by the Mentoring Committee (Mentoring Angels):
Chairman: Magda Niculescu, Vice-President Mentoring of PWN Global – Romanian Division
Members: Andreea Stoica, Madalina Radulescu, Paula Buse, Petra Muller-Demary and Rodica Gheorghita.
The mentoring program consists of four steps:
The Mentoring Program involves a 6 sessions’ commitment over a period of six months, either face-to-face or online. The duration, the structure and the content of these sessions is set by the two participants, Mentor and Mentee. Relevant best practice information, mid-course status summary and overall evaluation report will reflect the program’s achievements.
The Mentoring Angels will pair Mentors and Mentees by using the steps described above. The Mentoring Angels remain at the disposal of every interested person and provide Mentors and Mentees with required information. They also answer questions and make suggestions regarding further improvement.
If you already are an entrepreneur woman, PWN Romania is the ideal place for you to learn and share your experiences! Or, if you are a corporate woman that is ready to take the big step and become an entrepreneur, here is the place in which you can get inspiration and mentoring! However, if you have already taken this step and you are in the start-up phase, we will give you support and coaching!
We strongly believe that entrepreneurs women inside PWN Romania can extensively benefit from the association’s inner capital knowledge and from PWN Global network’s exposure. Moreover, they can become an inspiration for entrepreneurs women outside our organization.