Speed mentoring with UN Women

It was a real pleasure to be invited to support one of UN Women’s monthly breakfast events back in July, a Saturday morning gathering focused on mentoring and hosted by Accenture. We helped design and facilitate a speed-mentoring event that would give attendees the opportunity to learn more about mentoring, and to experience a handful of mentoring conversations from the perspective of both mentor and mentee in a relaxed and informal setting.

We had ten mentors and more than twenty mentees on the day, all of whom had the opportunity to have at least two mentoring conversations during the hour-long session. The session was lively and full of energy and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. The group thought it was an engaging, dynamic and energetic pilot event that opened their eyes to how useful it is to have a mentor and how you can learn something from everyone, even in a 15-minute conversation.

UN Women are keen to replicate the event in the future, and we feel honoured to be working with such an inspiring organisation. From the outset, we sought out exemplars of best practice and pillars of inspiration in the field of the development of women’s equality, and UN Women struck us as a pioneer in this space and as a genuinely impressive organisation. We were fortunate enough to be introduced to them by the Rt Hon Theresa May MP in summer 2014.

The UK National Committee for UN Women is the voice of UN Women in the UK, and supports its mission to create gender equality and the empowerment of women. Their work is focused on influencing and raising awareness to create change in the treatment of women and girls both here in the UK and throughout the world. We’re looking forward to continuing our partnership.

“Equality for women and girls is not only a basic human right, it is a social and economic imperative”

Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General