First steps to leap
A NEW mentoring initiative aims to create opportunities for women to get together and learn from one another but not in an office set-up.
It is, in fact, a walk in the park – an hour-long early morning stroll in the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Sydney businesswomen Adina Jacobs and Bobbi Mahlab are the brains behind Mentor Walks which takes its first steps on Friday, October 28.
“There are a lot of women in leadership positions who would love to share their knowledge and experience, but don’t have the time for traditional mentoring relationships,’’ says Jacobs.
The idea was born when Jacobs (co-founder of STM, a global brand of accessories for tech devices) and Mahlab (managing director of Mahlab Media, a content marketing and custom publishing provider) met Australian businesswoman Michelle Garnaut (of M Restaurant Group) in China.
“Mahlab and I were in Shanghai in May where we met Garnaut who started Mentor Walks there four years ago. We loved the concept,” Jacobs says.
She says the monthly program will see aspiring professionals matched with a mentor, who they meet on the day and spend an hour walking and talking. Each mentor will be teamed up with at least three mentees.
“Mentors change each month so do mentees and the different combinations will bring out new experiences and learning.
“Mentorship is an amazing relationship that benefits both. It’s about everyone coming with an open mind and desire to learn.
“What really excites me is that the Mentor Walks have the ability to reach people who may be a bit reserved, who want to make the leap from one career to another but are looking for the first step or encouragement.” For more details, go to mentorwalks.com.au ›› Sydney women Adina Jacobs, co-founder of new mentoring initiative Mentor Walks says businesswomen including Naomi Simson of Red Balloon have thrown her support behind the concept. Others include Jo Burston (Inspiring Rare Birds), Mandi Gunsberger (Babyology), Suzie Shaw (We Are Social) and Audette Exel (Adara Group).
Bobbi Mahlab and Adina Jacobs have set up Mentor Walks.