Mentoring to Advance Women’s Professional Development

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On the 28 October 2020, WE EMPOWER - G7 Programme organized the "Mentoring to Advance Women’s Professional Development" event. The speakers discussed how WEPs signatories can develop their own mentoring programmes. The event explored promising practices in mentoring programme design and delivery, and highlighted lessons learned of other WEPs signatories.



The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of seven principles offering guidance to business on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community.

Mentoring is an effective and increasingly popular way for private sector companies to advance Principle 4 to “Promote women’s training and professional development”. Well-designed and managed mentoring programmes can have a dramatic impact on the corporate culture while engaging talent.

Companies establish mentoring programmes to provide women employees with an informal opportunity to learn and acquire leadership and management skills. Mentoring tend to lead to higher financial compensation, greater number of promotions and career success. By improving employee satisfaction and engagement, mentoring can also improve a company’s performance.

This webinar showcase how WEPs signatories can develop their own mentoring programmes. The event will explore promising practices in mentoring programme design and delivery, and highlight lessons learned of other WEPs signatories.



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Janna Schonfeld
Programme Manager, Foreign Policy Instrument (FPI) of the European Union,
EU Delegation to the US

Janna Schonfeld joined the EU Delegation to the US as Programme Manager for Foreign Policy Instruments in 2019. She has been working for over 15 years on European Union Affairs, mostly on EU External Relations. Her work experience within the EU Institutions includes the European Parliament, the European Commission services for Enlargement and for Development and Cooperation as well as the EU Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. She served as Policy Officer for Development and Climate Change in Brussels office of the ACT Alliance (NGO). Next to her professional career, she has pursued voluntary work around the world, in particular related to youth and the environment. She holds an MA in International Studies and a BA in European Studies.

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Romana Bruderer-Schwab
Global Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator

Global Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator at the world's largest law firm, Dentons. Working across our many Regions to drive inclusion and diversity within the Firm and beyond. Passionate about advancing equity and inclusion for women and other historically underrepresented populations. Qualified US attorney, LLM in Health Law, and MA in Social Policy.

Virginie Martins de Nobrega
Board Member, Vice-President Strategy
PWN Global 

Virginie Martins de Nobrega is a seasoned professional in international affairs addressing challenges of a political, economic, legal and social character with a strong interest for human rights, the SDGs and, progress for all, adopting a business and human-rights approach. She has ventured in various multicultural and international environments from grass-root not-for-profits to international organizations and CAC 40 companies in Asia, USA, South America and Europe. As Board member at PWN GLOBAL, she leads the strategy of 32 CN and 3,200 members.

Karin Heinzl
Founder MentorMe
Member of the Board of the German Association for Mentoring

Karin Heinzl founded the social venture MentorMe - alone and without any prior operational knowledge. Before that she studied communications in Austria and political management in Wahsington D.C. Karin worked internationally in education, politics and development work. Today, MentorMe successfully brings together job-seekers with the work world through individual mentoring, practical training and events. MentorMe grew from 40 mentees in 2015 to over 2500 mentees and mentors in 2020 and over 140 events per program year. MentorMe has partners such as Coca-Cola, Ernst & Young, Weber Shandwick, and the Deutsche Bundesbank. Karin Heinzl is also a member of the Board of the German Association for Mentoring as well as a speaker, consultant and network expert.

Susannah Haan
Board Member of PWN Global 
Advisory Board Member of Professional Women International Brussels 

Lawyer by training with a wide experience of public policy, corporate governance & financial regulation. Susannah is the Secretary General at PWN Global, a professional women's network.

She holds a portfolio of other roles including Trustee of the CBI Retirement Fund, MBA Advisory Board Member at Durham University Business School, and Advisory Board Member of Professional Women International Brussels, part of PWN Global. As President of PWI Brussels, Susannah oversaw the mentoring programme, opening it up to male mentees in corporate partners, and has mentored members in Brussels and MBA students at Durham.  


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Promoting Economic Empowerment of Women at Work through Responsible Business Conduct in G7 Countries (WE EMPOWER - G7 Programme) is a programme funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by UN Women and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The WE EMPOWER G7 Programme convene multistakeholder dialogues in the EU, Canada, Japan and the US to exchange knowledge, experiences, good practices and lessons learned in the context of the changing world of work.


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