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NZ TechWomen Mentoring Circles to kick off in Dunedin in April 2019

Friday January 25, 2019

As part of SIGNAL's commitment to advancing Women in Tech, the Dunedin studio will be hosting the southern area pilot NZ TechWomen Mentoring Circle programme.  Starting in 2018 with a small cohort in Wellington, this programme has reaped benefits for all participants. 

From the NZ TechWomen website:

"We recognise that there are different kinds of challenges and biases that women face across the globe. With a focus on Women in Tech, we’re dedicated to providing the resources women need to successfully drive their career. Rather than a formal mentorship matching programme, which can be challenging in a population of New Zealand’s size, we’d like create relationships that will provide women with the knowledge, experience, and perspectives that they need to grow and develop.

Why mentoring?

A Harvard study of 45 CEOs found that 84% of CEOs credited having a mentor relationship with helping them avoid costly mistakes and becoming proficient in their roles faster. Regardless of your level within the organisation, effective mentoring doesn’t just happen. It relies on you investing in yourself throughout the process.

Why a focus on women?

We currently have 26% female representation within the Tech sector in New Zealand, so we have a way to go to achieve diversity in regard to gender. We believe there needs to be an additional focus on supporting this group. This initiative links closely with the NZ Tech Women goal to help New Zealand women to succeed in the tech sector by creating connections, increasing knowledge and supporting growth.

What is it?

Our mentoring circles are all about bringing people together to make new connections in their community.

We are facilitating groups of six mentees and two mentors to meet on a regular basis in a safe and supportive environment to discuss professional aspirations and challenges with peers and senior mentors.

What it is:

· Facilitated peer group mentoring

· Group discussion of non-technical aspects career development (e.g. how to work with other people, how to deal with management, how to ask for a promotion)

· Career path planning and development

· Networking with new people

What it is not:

· Formal or structured

· One-on-one coaching

· Mentoring training (e.g. tools/techniques for mentoring)

· Technical training/coaching"

SIGNAL is hoping to have two circles running, and the times of monthly meetings (five) would be determined by the availability of the group

If you would like to find out more, or register your interest, please contact Kylie on dunedin@signal.ac.nz

Thanks to Eva Sherwood (Chair of NZ TechWomen) and her team who have made this programme possible for 2019.

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