18 Nov Mentor Walks heads to the west coast
Earlier this month we had the pleasure of launching in Perth, making it our 8th city across Australia to host a Mentor Walks event. We were blown away by the turn out. Over 60 mentees gathered along the Swan River to walk and talk with our selection of Western Australian mentors, including Elizabeth Gaines, the CEO of Fortescue Metals Group, Gail McGowan, Director General for the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage, and Denise McComish Partner, KPMG – just to name a few.
“The enthusiasm for Mentor Walks from Perth women was wonderful with a community of 80 women participating in this first walk,” says Mentor Walks co-founder Bobbi Mahlab.
We’re looking forward to returning to Perth on the 20th of March next year, but for now have a read of what some of your fellow mentees had to say about their first walk, and check out some great photos from the morning.
Dawn James, Account Manager D&O at KBI
My question was, “How do you resolve the chicken and egg dilemma of taking on a board role when boards are typically looking for experienced directors?”
My mentor provided her real-life experience in building a board portfolio. She highlighted the need to have a clear plan, use existing networks and identify people who may be outside of your network but who might be able to assist. She suggested developing different versions of your CV which highlighted certain skills you might want to emphasise for particular roles. Her guidance, and the input from my fellow mentees, was extremely useful and helped me to crystallise my plan.
Tess Fisher, Account Director at Hunter Communications
I’m almost 20 years into my career, and I was keen to get advice on the importance and relevance of further education and training, and how much of a benefit that might have. My mentor, Kristen Walsh, provided some fantastic advice from her first-hand experience with an MBA and further training through the AICD. It was also really beneficial to chat to the other mentees as well. All while enjoying a lovely morning stroll along the Swan River – I highly recommend Mentor Walks.
Kim White, IT Service Delivery Manager at Monadelphous Group Limited
I asked my mentor, “What tools are you aware of which can assist in making decisions in relation to a next career move?”
My mentor suggested running through a Gallup Strength test to identify my strengths and consider them when looking for the next opportunity. I will be reviewing them this weekend! I found Mentor Walks to be a wonderful opportunity to meet other women with similar challenges and different points of views. Thank you for bringing it to Perth.
Rachael Evans, HR Officer Sandfire Resources NL
Having recently received a promotion prior to the Mentor Walk, I attended with the hope of gaining advice and tips on establishing myself in a new role. My mentor shared her experiences of her own progression within her field and how she has overcome challenges, both technically and as a female. She gave me some great advice on the importance of maintaining a strong network who you can rely on for help, and also helped me see the value of pushing myself outside of my comfort zone even when I don’t feel 100% ready. I also received great advice on appearing competent and professional while I’m still finding my feet. I took away a sense of motivation and drive after taking part in the walk and will definitely attend future events.
Thanks to Fortescue Metals Group for sponsoring this event and helping us reach more women across Australia.