Launching: The 2016 Advance Mentoring Program

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“My mentor encouraged me to think globally and ambitiously right from the beginning. I'm now the Founder and CEO of 2Mar Robotics. My mentor helped me avoid losing a lot of my money along the way, so that I am still able to research and design robots to manufacture every day.” Marita Cheng, 2013 mentee, mentored by Peter Le Lievre (Co-Founder and CEO of Chromasun), 2013 Advanced Manufacturing Award Winner

At Advance, we believe that mentoring is a powerful tool that helps to build the clarity and self-awareness required to be truly innovative. As part of our Awards Program, we are so pleased to be able to offer the Awards Mentoring Program – a yearlong initiative where we match Australian university students with an Advance Global Australian Award Winner for 12 months of one-on-one mentoring. As such, we're very excited to announce that today commemorates the launch date of the 2016/2017 program.

This year, we’re lucky to be partnering with McCarthy Mentoring and will be utilising their online platform One2One – a tool that will help facilitate the monthly progress of the mentees and to offer support throughout the entire mentoring journey. It offers interactive exercises, case studies and topics to explore before your monthly meeting. Each month will cover a different key leadership theme such as goal setting, career planning, influencing and networks. There is a interface for both mentors and mentees, so the experiences for both the mentees and mentors will be different! 

Traditionally, the mentor’s role is to act as a confidential advisor and independent sounding board in which the mentee can discuss their practice, career plans, challenges and other issues as they arise. The mentee’s role is to drive the agenda, set up the monthly meetings and prepare for each mentoring session.

We look forward to sharing the progress of this year’s mentees – the future innovation leaders of Australia! For more information on the program, check out the 2016 Mentoring Program guidelines and meet the 2016 Mentees