In 2015, DevelopHer launched our debut Mentoring Programme.
The DevelopHer Mentoring Programme is a 6-month exclusive scheme for women working in tech and digital roles in London. It consists of 6 evening speed-mentoring sessions with high-profile mentors and the 2015/2016 programme launched in September. It focuses on helping women to achieve their goals through mentorship.
A lot of people at the beginning were unsure of whether they were doing the right thing. Some of them got new jobs through the mentoring scheme, some of them had been running their own businesses and they got new inspiration and new business leads through the scheme and now their businesses are absolutely flying. For me as a mentor, being able to see the mentees grow was incredibly rewarding.”
Lucy Blair, Director of International Sales & Marketing at The Orchard and DevelopHer mentor.
In our re-launch party in October 2016, we heard from both mentors and mentees on its impact.
“I started the DevelopHer mentoring scheme in September 2015. At the time I was thinking about maybe starting my own business and I was full of insecurities. … We met these amazing mentors and it just gives you a kick up the a** and makes you think that if you want to do something, just go for it. My dream has turned into a reality and Layer Home has been live since the start of this year. We now have over four thousand products on the website, we work with hundreds of sellers and we add 300 new products to the site every week. It’s really gone from strength to strength.”
Hannah Russell, DevelopHer Mentee and Co-Founder & CEO of Layer Home.
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“From a personal development point of view, the programme really helped me with my confidence. I’m pretty shy and it’s really helped my public speaking. Last month I spoke at the Ministry of Justice and next month I’m speaking at a big health conference. The DevelopHer community has also just connected me with the best people. A year later I’m still chatting with the other mentees, mentors and DevelopHer team – it’s like a family and really the best bunch of people I’ve met in a long time.”
Iona Inglesby, DevelopHer Mentee and Founder of Dot One.