Following the success of their previous two mentoring programs, the AusIMM WIMnet NSW Committee launched its 2017 mentoring program last month with 37 mentees matched with mentors.
The aim of the 2017 WIMnet NSW mentoring program is to develop a structured, sustainable mentoring process that supports mentees through career guidance and direction by sharing mentor/mentee experiences, developing goals and forging exceptional mentoring relationships beyond the program’s duration.
Mentors are hand-picked from the minerals sector and are senior industry leaders and prospective leaders aiming to provide career growth and development opportunities for their mentee. Mentors have no connection with their mentee’s employer or place of work. Mentors are male and female leaders working in diverse disciplines such an engineering, geology and environmental science.
Following a day of training for both mentees and mentors, led by Program Director Dr Ali Burston of Metisphere, the group met for the first time at a launch event hosted by EY at their new offices on George Street, Sydney.
EY Senior Manager in Resources Siobhan Hughes opened the proceedings by emphasising the importance that mentors play on the career progression of women, and EY’s commitment to providing a strong foundation to support diversity at all levels within the business and the community.
Master of ceremonies and WIMnet NSW Chair Deirdra Tindale acknowledged the efforts of the WIMnet NSW Committee in successfully delivering a third mentoring program with increasing demand for places from prospective mentees, and strong support from employers, sponsors and mentors attesting to the tangible benefits participants are deriving from the program.
Orica Minova’s Vice President Dallas Wilkinson shared the personal value that he had gained from the mentoring program as a mentor, and emphasised Orica’s continued gold sponsor support in developing female mining leaders in NSW. Orica’s Head of Marketing Judy McKellar wished the mentees a successful program and thanked the mentors for their commitment to diversity and leadership in the sector.
Michelle Lawson, Co-Chair of WIMnet NSW, presented a WIMnet Scholarship to Kate McCutcheon, Associate Director AME Group and Dr Ali Burston presented a Metisphere Scholarship to Karin Fogarty, Environmental Advisor Peabody.
The WIMnet NSW Mentoring Program is sponsored by Orica Minova, Coal & Allied, Weir Minerals, Port Waratah Coal Services, Glencore, ANZ, Whitehaven Coal, Metisphere, McCullough Robertson, EY and BHP. There are two more networking events between now and October that will provide opportunities for participants to reconnect and strengthen their networks and experiences.