First steps to leap

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CAREERS - Janita Singh

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.

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