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Mentoring continues to thrive as professional women connect virtually in Canberra

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Mentor Walks Australia returns to Canberra on Wednesday 29 April, providing women with the opportunity to connect with some of Canberra’s most respected female business leaders.

Previously mentors would meet mentees in person and walk for an hour. However, given the current pandemic, Mentor Walks Australia has replaced all physical walks to ‘virtual walks’, where women will meet via Zoom to workshop ideas, gain insight and discuss professional challenges they are experiencing.

Since its launch in Canberra with the support of ANU, Mentor Walks Australia has brought together more than 250 mentees with more than 40 mentors from the public service, government and education sectors.

Recently Mentor Walks Australia held its first-ever ‘virtual’ walk in Dubbo, NSW, which saw over 10 local business leaders take up the role as mentors.

“The virtual launch event in Dubbo was a hit amongst the local business community and it was evident that there is still a huge appetite for professional connection during this pandemic,” said Bobbi Mahlab AM, Co-Founder, Mentor Walks Australia.

“Now is the time for women to continue supporting each other and use technology to do it. Continuing to provide these opportunities for women is incredibly important given the uncertainty that many of them are facing. Many are experiencing job cuts, reduced hours or even an increase in workload while juggling home duties.”

“The mentors that contribute their time to these ‘walks’ are all leaders in their fields who have the ability to give extra support and advice to mentees during this time,” says Bobbi.

Conversations between these women are an important part of helping women take the next step in their career and ultimately develop the next generation of female leaders.

Canberra mentors include Liesel Wett, Azra Khan, Michelle Melbourne, Gai Brodtmann, Nadine White, Anne Marie Perret, Leanne Joyce, Kirsty Dwyer and Sally Pitkin.

More than 2,600 women and 340 mentors have walked nationally since the program launched in 2016.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Mentor Walks Canberra
When: Wednesday 29 April from 7.30 am-8.30 am
Where: Check your inbox for conference call details
How to apply: Applications for mentees to attend are open at mentorwalks.com.au/become-a-mentee-canberra
Cost: $25 

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