At Moving Ahead and Women Ahead, we work with world-leading experts within the fields of mentoring, gender, leadership, professional development, personal impact and creativity. When we asked for contributions to ‘Turning the gender diversity dial’ – our 2017 research report into the impact of mentoring on gender diversity – we were honoured to receive eight original and engaging pieces of thought leadership that deserve to be shared with and appreciated by a wider audience.

We encourage you to read each piece and share your thoughts, insights and feedback with us.


‘The three circles of energy’
A special insight into mentorship skills
— From Patsy Rodenburg OBE, author, Moving Ahead
‘Creating time; making space’
A special insight into scheduling and prioritising mentorship
— From Sarah Winckless MBE, Moving Ahead
‘Mentoring for social health’
Special insight on fostering meaningful connections
— From Julia Hobsbawm OBE, author and Professor of Networking
‘A shoulder to stand on’
Special insight into how mentoring provides two-way inspiration
— From Michael Cole-Fontayn, EVP and Chairman, BNY Mellon
‘Baking from a better pantry’
A special insight on how mentoring generates creativity and innovation
— From Kirk Vallis, Google and Moving Ahead
‘Value, purpose and potential’
A special insight into how mentoring helps improve retention
— From Professor David Clutterbuck
‘How mentoring helps leaders connect’
Special insight on empathetic leadership
— From Dame Helena Morrissey, 30% Club and Legal and General