Helping women to achieve their goals through mentorship
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.
With this scheme, DevelopHer aimed to mentor young females to become leaders in their teams and achieve their goals. Meet our mentors and mentees.
The programme consisted of expert panels on a variety of topics including negotiation, presentation and leadership skills, alongside speed mentoring sessions. It consisted of 6 evenings of panel discussions and speed-mentoring sessions in the company of high-profile mentors. Expert female and male mentors were drawn from companies such as Google, Unruly, Lloyds Bank and Cult LDN.
If you have a mentor, then you’re a ‘mentee’
Over the course of the programme 60% of the mentees say they saw an improvement in their negotiation skills, which led to almost half (47%) achieving a promotion.
“We believe that diversity leads to well rounded, more successful teams and it’s for that reason that we’re truly committed to fostering ongoing diversity and support of female tech talent. Our support of DevelopHer is a natural fit and notonthehighstreet.com is extremely proud of what each graduate has achieved,” Kelly Goosen, head of talent at notonthehighstreet.com
Key takeaways of the Mentoring Programme:
- Following a key session from Amplify coach Stewart Bewley, 91% of the mentees report their presentations skills have greatly improved.
- With networking opportunities at each mentoring session, 70% of the mentees are now totally at ease with networking.
- As a large proportion of the mentees have made significant changes to their careers since the start of the programme, 80% state they would not have achieved what they have without the mentoring programme.
“The fast growing tech industry is well placed to lead the way and encourage more women to reach the top. Mentoring young women is a vital effort in achieving this goal,” said Baroness Joanna Shields, Minister for Internet Safety and Security, UK Government, supporting and advocate of the DevelopHer Mentoring programme.
Ambassador & Sponsors of the 2015/16 Programme
This program would not be possible without the official backing of Joanna Shields, Official Ambassador for the DevelopHer (previous GIT UK) Mentoring Programme 2015-2016, Minister for Internet Safety & Security and former Chair of Tech City.
We are also very grateful for the generous support of our headline sponsors La Fosse Recruitment and NotOnTheHighStreet.com. Read more about our headline and event sponsors.