Where do we meet and what time should I arrive?
Our local leader/s will be on site from 7:00am, and we ask mentors to arrive around 7:15am** for a 7:25am kick-off. Having mentors on-site early allows us to start on time. We start and finish at the same place. Our starting locations in each city are as follows:
Sydney: On the steps of Sydney Opera House
Melbourne: Outside the entrance to NGV (next to the fountain)
Canberra: On the steps of the National Library
Perth: Back of the Hyatt Centre, at Fortescue Metals Head Office (30 Terrace Road, East Perth)
Brisbane: Entrance to Brisbane CBD Botanic Gardens (corner of Alice & Albert Street entrance)
Baw Baw Shire: Location varies each walk – please see your calendar invitation for correct location for each walk
Geelong: Waterfront Kitchen Cafe (1 Gheringhap Street)
**Wollongong: On the north side of North Wollongong SLSC (on the grassed area) Please note: Wollongong walk meeting time is 7:30am for a 7:45am walk start time. Finish is 8:45am.
How does Mentor Walks work?
Mentees are asked to come with a question/issue they’d like to discuss and using this information, we match them with a mentor best suited to address this. At the start time, we’ll explain how the event works to everyone present, and ask all mentors to briefly introduce themselves. From there we break into groups and head off. The role of the mentor is to facilitate the conversation, making sure everyone gets equal opportunity to talk whilst walking as a group (not individually). We also encourage the mentees to share with each other. This adds to the experience and can often be when the real ‘magic’ happens. Many of our mentees leave with new LinkedIn connections and connecting outside our events.
What do I wear?
Wear something comfortable. Work attire and runners or activewear are fine. A hat and water are recommended if the weather is warm and sunny and wet weather gear for the rainy days.
What happens if it rains?
This is an outdoor session. We walk rain or shine, so come ready to embrace Mother Nature. If the weather turns unbearable during a walk, finding a local cafe to sit and talk is possible but should be discussed and decided by each group. If the weather is bad to begin with, a text message will be sent to all attendees that morning advising an undercover meeting place.
What If I am running late on the day?
Please text or call your local leader to advise them (phone number will be included on your confirmation email sent a few days prior to the walk).
What if my plans change?
If for some reason your plans change, that’s fine. We understand that things happen, but please advise us ASAP. The walks are carefully curated so cancelling on the day is not ideal and can impact everyone’s experience.
Keeping the 1 to 3 ratio is important, as having more than 3 mentees in a group makes things a lot harder to manage.
What else do I need to do?
Encourage the group to take photos and post on social media (#mentorwalksau @mentorwalks), or send to firstname.lastname@example.org. This content is a great way to raise awareness of Mentor Walks.
Also try to encourage the mentees to connect with each other, and keep themselves accountable by returning to a future walk.
It is up to you if you wish to connect with mentees on LinkedIn or keep in contact. We will never share your contact details without consulting you first.
And finally, help spread the word! If you know anyone in your network, workplace or inner circle that would benefit from speaking with a female mentor tell them to register!