Highlights from the WIMnetSA and WinRSA 2017 mentoring program

  • By Pip Collard MAusIMM, WIMnetSA Mentoring and Professional Development Lead

The joint Women in Mining Network South Australia (WIMnetSA) and Women in Resources South Australia (WinRSA) 2017 mentoring program was launched on 3 May this year.

A program launch event was held for participants to catch up with their mentoring partner, build their professional network, and learn about the outcomes from previous programs. This is the third year that WIMnetSA and WinRSA have worked in partnership to successfully deliver this mentoring program. The event was well attended by over 40 mentors, mentees and members of the WIMnetSA and WinRSA committees.

Event attendees were treated to a unique and entertaining presentation from one of the 2016 program pairs: Greg Hall (Project Director, Rex Minerals – mentor) and Jasmine Richards (Environment and Community Superintendent, Oz Minerals – mentee), involving a high level of spontaneity and audience interaction. The audience quizzed the speakers on the knowledge of their mentor/mentee. The pair also shared insights developed through the mentoring relationship, and their key takeaways as a result of the program.

The 2017 program has one of the most successful intakes, with 23 confirmed mentor and mentee partnerships, and the program subcommittee currently working to match a couple of late expressions of interest. The program includes a cross-disciplinary selection of participants from around 21 different organisations, with the majority of mentors’ (male and female) work experience ranging from ten to 40+ years, and female mentees’ resources industry experience ranging from three to 16 years.

Mentors and mentees were paired based on their career goals, mentoring program goals and the provided or requested mentor competencies. The subcommittee also took into account the organisations of the respective mentor/mentee, with an important consideration being that they were from different workplaces, to allow the mentee to feel comfortable to discuss any challenges and for the mentor to provide unbiased advice. Participants are encouraged to connect approximately monthly during the program, which will include a mid-program review event, and a closing event in October/November this year.

For those seeking more information regarding the mentoring program, please contact wimnetsa@ausimm.com.au.

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