Going for the double!

It is finally here – the mentoring double event day we have been gearing up for - two huge events, one Baroness, one Dame and hundreds of mentors, mentees, Programme Partners and sponsors invited to the QEII Centre in Westminster!

We enjoy nothing better than gathering the great and good of the mentoring world and celebrating their successes. The positive energy in the room is always infectious!

We are thrilled to be announcing the winners and shortlisted candidates in our second ever 30% Club mentoring awards! Many of the entries were frankly awe-inspiring. We’ll be awarding to the Most Committed Mentee of the Year, Most Inspirational Mentor of the Year, Most Dedicated Programme Partner of the Year and Dynamic Mentoring Organisation of the Year.

You can see all our winners here, later! (link to our award page which will be updated Weds am)

We at Women Ahead have been supporting and developing this scheme for the 30% Club for four years. In a space where there continues to be a lot of talk about diversity, we are proud that this scheme is genuinely creating tangible change for mentors, mentees and organisations. At scale too, with more than 240 global organisations and 4,236 mentors and mentees supported to date! Our research base is tracking the career advancements, confidence step changes, retention, network expansion and vibrancy of this scheme!

For some, this marks the end of their mentoring journey. They have committed to nine months of mentoring, preparing thoroughly for every meeting, and seeing the effects play out in their professional lives. It has been an honour to hear the stories of boosted confidence, promotions, and talent retained that have come about as a result of life-changing mentoring conversations.

For others, this is the mid-way point of their mentoring experience. They are just over four months in and although they have discovered a lot, there is still much work to do. Sarah Winckless MBE – Olympian, Chef de Mission for Team England at the Commonwealth Games and Women Ahead’s masterful leadership and development expert will be sharing her personal story and mentoring advice.

Our departing mentors and mentees will hear from Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Paralympian and Crossbench Peer and Britain’s most lauded wheelchair racer with 16 Paralympic medals. Dame Helena Morrissey – founder of the 30% Club - will be sharing her tips on closing mentoring relationships.

Good luck to all our mentors and mentees – keep in contact


Here's what we have been hearing...

 “I was identified as a woman with potential, which in itself was fantastic… to then be put forward for this was the icing on the cake”

My mentor comes from a completely different background and organisation which means he can bring a completely new perspective”

“A Mentor that doesn't know me will be able to see strengths and weaknesses that others may not.  All of this will help me develop and grow in my role.”

“I have benefitted from good mentors and hopefully I can provide the benefit of my experience to help others succeed.   I enjoy seeing people develop to their potential and have been providing mentoring to people with my own business for years.”