In the past three years at least 60% of the people who participated in a PWN Mentoring Program have gone on to achieve the goals they set for themselves, whether getting a promotion, making a career change or starting a business. Mentorship is important at every stage of a person’s career, whether they are just starting out or are a CEO, and the PWN is committed to helping both young and experienced professionals alike.
Mentoring is a voluntary developmental relationship between an expert who is willing to share her/his knowledge and experiences (Mentor) with one or more people wanting to learn and profit from guidance to develop their personal or professional skills (Mentees). The PWN’s mission is to create Gender Balanced Leadership, and mentoring is a proven method for helping more women advance in their careers and into leadership positions.
Those wishing to be either a Mentor or a Mentee fill out an application describing the goals they wish to achieve during the program, their background, and their experience. Mentoring topics include personal development such as improving communication skills and self-expression, work-life balance, professional development, management and leadership, entrepreneurship, and career development. Each applicant will also be interviewed by the Mentoring Coordination Team in order to get a better understanding of their expectations and preferences.
Mentors are then matched with Mentees. The program runs from October to June, with each mentoring pair or small group meeting on a regular basis (either in person or remotely). They are supported by The Mentoring Coordination Team throughout the process.
Through mentoring, Mentees can clarify their career path and analyze their professional and/or personal development and growth; they will receive feedback and support from their Mentor, and will receive advice on how to increase their confidence and how to confront challenges. Mentees are responsible for being committed, engaged, and staying motivated throughout the program, and for striving to achieve the goals set at the beginning.
Mentors have the chance to develop their leadership skills and, thanks to the support of the Mentoring Coordination Team, they will experience a program that also challenges them to reflect on their professional career and aspirations. It is a chance to reflect on own practices and challenges. Mentors will encourage action, commitment and motivation. At the same time, they will provide and receive continuous feedback. Participating as a Mentor on the PWN Vienna Mentoring Program also allows them access to the PWN network through its global and local reach, and gives visibility through its media channels, including LinkedIn and the online magazine, Connect.
To further increase benefits for Mentors and Mentees, PWN Vienna strives to continually increase the strength of its program. In 2020/21 we will support our Mentors by:
PWN Vienna, like many other organizations, is committed to maintaining and promoting excellent practice in mentoring. We are building our Mentor Program in a step by step process around a recognized professional framework. EMCC is one of the leading global organizations in the mentoring field. One of our next steps is to adopt the Global Code of Ethics set out by the European Mentor and Coaching Council. We anticipate that you can identify with the Code of Ethics as it relates to mentors and mentoring (it also applies to those who coach or supervise). We, therefore, ask all our mentors to sign the Code of Ethics as part of our shared commitment and desire to conduct our mentoring work in a professional manner.
“I came into the program serious about making a career transition but also terrified of what the future held for me. Thanks to my mentor and the program coordinators, I got on track and reached many of my ‘actionable goals’ sooner than expected. My mentor worked with me to adjust as our mentorship evolved with my changing needs and new perspectives. It was the spark I needed to get on a new path and feel I have the capabilities and skills I need, on top of an amazing network at the PWN, to take on a new career path.
If I could give words of advice to anyone thinking of joining the program as mentor or mentee, I’d say–invest in yourself by bringing an open mind, and dedication to your professional growth, into this unique relationship. I know both my mentor and myself did so and we’ve both become significantly better for it. I can’t thank the team of mentorship program coordinators and my mentor enough for their time, efforts, and support during this. I look forward to being a member of the PWN Vienna for the rest of my professional career.”
Jessica Kozlowski - Mentee
"Being a mentor in the field of „Journey to Yourself“ was a very rewarding experience. I had a challenging process with my mentee helping her to increase her self-confidence, being more positive and also learn more about my own career development, discovering my true vocation and finding my best role in life through such mentoring. I am looking with great enthusiasm for the next Mentoring Program.”
Simona Ciucur - Mentor
"The PWN mentoring program allowed me to use my experience to have a positive, visible impact. My mentees were very well matched and our exchanges were fruitful. There were many learning opportunities for me as well. In addition, the mentoring team organized several workshops where I was able to exchange with other like-minded individuals and learn new tools and techniques, helping me become a better manager.
The team of volunteer mentors is the most diverse and international group of people I have seen in Vienna!"
Robin Cefai - Mentor
PWN relies on the excellent volunteer work of several of its members. Our Mentoring Coordination Team is currently working to further develop the Mentoring Program, and to engage as many Mentors and Mentees as possible. You can contact the MCT directly at email@example.com and send them your questions.
Anila Llagami - Mentoring Program Manager
Anila supports Mentors and Mentees to link up and work jointly towards reaching their personal and professional goals. She has worked internationally, as a project and senior manager, in different industries for more than 25 years. A previous mentee in the PWN Vienna Mentoring Programm, she has lived in Austria, Albania and Italy and is a keen enthusiast of the development of young professionals. She holds degrees in economics and finance and has been a member of PWN Vienna since 2009.
Carmen Visus - Mentor and Mentee Coordinator
Carmen Visus is a biologist, biochemist, and Ph.D. in Immunology; she works as Group Lead Program Coordination at AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals. She has 16 years of international experience in Spain, the US and Austria. She works with professionals from very diverse disciplines and her expertise includes program management, projects prioritization, team supervision and strategic decision making in the field of Pharmaceutical Corporate Development. Carmen has experienced herself the benefits of mentoring as a mentee, as a mentor and also as part of the mentoring coordination team. She counts continued growth and development as part of her personal and professional principles and is eager to support mentees and mentors to also find tangible rewards and benefits.
Shirley Smith – Mentor Supervision
Shirley comes with years of experience in developing people in global operations. With a strong interest in mentoring and the online professional development of those who mentor she brings both mentor supervision and input around the continuous development of our scheme.
Ksenija Simunovic - Mentee Coordinator
Ksenija Simunovic is graduated civil engineer with 18+ years of international experience (Serbia, Austria, Germany) in Environmental sector, working on corporate strategy planning, market and business development, leading complex large-scale infrastructure projects and international multi-disciplinary project teams.
Marta Obszanska – Mentee Coordinator
Marta is a passionate marketeer with international experience in FMCG sector. Currently living in Vienna, in her free time she enjoyes hiking and climbing in the Austrian Alps. She joined PWN in 2019 as a mentee and now wants to help other mentees to build meaningful relationships with their mentors.
Viktorija Jordanovska – Mentee Coordinator
Viktoria is a Communications Expert, Systemic Master Coach, NLP Trainer and High-Performance Team Coach dedicated to helping individuals and teams find inner resources. With a special focus on personal excellence, leadership, communication and teamwork, she designs transformative learning experiences to inspire and motivate growth through experience.