DevelopHer Summer Speed Mentoring 2019

We are thrilled to announce that DevelopHer, will be hosting a Summer Speed Mentoring event on the 3rd July 2019 at SYZYGY. To encourage more women to reach the top, we truly believe in the power of mentoring and how providing a step up is vital in achieving your career goals.

As part of our DevelopHer’s values, we want to provide our community accessibility to the tools they need to progress their careers, so we are excited to provide an opportunity for our community members to find and speak to mentors in their industry, create relationships with these mentors and gain on the spot advice and tips.


The speed mentoring will welcome 60 people from the DevelopHer network. This will include 30-40 members (of all ages) of the community who want on-the-spot mentoring. On the night there will be 20-30 DevelopHer mentors to speak too (including senior figures in UK tech & women leaders).

The whole event will take 2-3 hours, with the opportunity to network and meet up to 5-7 different mentors on the night. Please see the agenda of the event below.

We have a limited number of spaces available and a short application window so please apply for a spot by 6pm BST 12th June 2019.

To apply for the speed mentoring opportunity please fill out the application form here.

The mentoring session will cost £10. Once you’re application has been successful and confirmed – we will share an eventbrite link for you to purchase your ticket. Without the ticket purchase you will not be allowed in the event.


  • 6.00pm – Welcome drinks
  • 6.30pm – Introductions & Keynote Speaker
  • 6.45 – 7.45pm – Up to Four 15 minute mentoring sessions
  • 7:45 –  8.00pm – Refreshments & break
  • 8:00 – 8:45pm –  Up to Three 15 minute mentoring sessions
  • 8:45pm – 9:30pm – Networking & Drinks

Venue: Syzygy HQ Rooftop, Holborn

Please note, not all mentors will meet with all mentees in this time frame. Based on the agenda every mentee will have a 10 minute break whilst we ensure there is a rotation of mentors during the session. Mentees will also have the opportunity to network with each other and enjoy the refreshments.

What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a support system where one person shares their knowledge, skills and experience to assist others to progress in their own lives and careers.  The power of mentoring is more than ‘giving advice’, it’s about motivating and empowering the other person to identify their own issues and goals and help them to find ways of resolving or reaching them. As part mentoring, it includes respecting the different ways of working.
British Mentoring tends to include 3 key elements: career development, sharing knowledge and helping to improve performance.

What is Speed Mentoring?
Speed mentoring is a series of short, focused conversations about specific questions. You will meet with a limited number of mentors in 15‐minute time slots each.  At the start and end of each Speed Mentoring round, a bell will ring. Mentees will then move on to the next mentor, and will be giving two minutes to switch and prepare for the next round. Not all mentors will meet with all mentees.

How do I apply?:
Please submit your application via the application form here.
You will need to include the following details below:

  • Full Name
  • Age (Over 18)
  • Profession or Current Role
  • 100 words (max) on why you would like to join us for the day and what you hope to gain from being mentored.
  • 1 example area you need help mentoring on (e.g. confidence, example of work situation, example of personal situation)
  • Email address (for DevelopHer to contact if your place is confirmed)

The application process is needed, as places are strictly limited and while we hope to be able to run future opportunities we are unable to accommodate the entire community in this instance.

The event will cost £10 for the evening. Once you place has been confirmed, you’ll need to purchase your ticket on the eventbrite page via the email.


Is this programme for me?
This speed mentoring session is open to all genders at all ages.
We highly recommend to consider applying for this speed mentoring event if you need advice or support to help you with a specific goal, issue or work situation, no matter your age or gender.

Please note all mentors will be from a diverse background and at different age brackets. We recommend you should be open minded on how diverse mentors can help you.

There are also three general criteria you should be able to say yes to when applying:

  • Are you over 18?
  • Are you currently working in a Tech, Digital or Online environment? Or do you plan to start a career in tech environment?
    This event is for people who either work in both technical or non-technical roles in tech, media, digital, online, AI, or entrepreneurship.
  • Can you commit to this event?

Please note: If your application has been approved, you will be required to purchase an eventbrite ticket of £10 and commit to turning up to the event.

How much does it cost?
Once you application has been successful, this speed mentoring event will cost £10. Once you’ve submitted your application form, you will be emailed if you are successful and will be asked to buy the ticket via our eventbrite link. Tickets for this event are non-refundable and your donation will go to the running cost of It is FREE to apply for the programme and we will only ask you for payment if you are successful.

How do I apply?
Please fill out the application form here.
Applications will be closed by the 13th June.

What can applicants expect?

This speed mentoring will help you:

  • Connect with new mentors in the industry and give exposure to different mentors outside your company
  • Gain practical advice and opinions on how to take action to achieving your career goals or next career step
  • Feel more confident taking the next steps
  • Enable you to think what outcome you want for your career and how to ask for advice
  • Feel more connected to a network of other women within DevelopHer

How do I get the most of the speed mentoring event?

Whilst DevelopHer provides you this opportunity to connect with mentors in the industry, you will be responsible for making the most out of this opportunity. To ensure you get the most out of Speed Mentoring, it is best you come to the session prepared. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of this session:

  1. Prepare your questions
    Make a short list of questions for each potential mentor. As the time is limited, and you will have other people also asking questions, make sure your questions are specific, concise and relevant for your mentor. Cut to the chase – this is your opportunity to ask a burning question.
    Think about a situation a work you need help on, or identify the next goal you want to achieve and how.
    Check out top questions to ask a mentor article for inspiration.
  2. Be open minded
    Keep an open mind. Quality insights, advice and connections can come from any mentor in the room — regardless of their title, company or years in the industry.
  3. Bring your business cards
    This is the opportunity to connect with new mentors in the industry. If you want to establish a relationship with the people you meet on the night, make sure you bring your business cards and ask for your mentors’ business card. Try and find ways to stay in touch after the session.


We are partnering with our event sponsors, SYZYGY , who are hosting us at their venue and rooftop.

SYZYGY is an international award-winning digital agency and we are very passionate about supporting women in tech and digital roles. We are an independent digital agency that has all of the benefits of being part of the world’s most powerful agency network. Our breadth of services is its true advantage. We care most about our people, our clients and our clients’ customers. As an agency we aim to create rapid step change and uplift in our client’s business by aligning every digital touchpoint across creative, media and strategy across the customer journey. Headquartered in Germany with offices in New York, London, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin and Warsaw, our team of 700 professionals work with leading brands around the world, including Avis Budget Group, PayPal, BMW, L’Oréal, Mazda, and Samsung. Learn more at :

DevelopHer are a non-profit community dedicated to bringing women in technology together to create both opportunities and a network of support through events, workshops, and learning. We aim to develop careers, to develop confidence and develop change.
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