On Thursday 7th February, the first specific recommendation from the JLC’s Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership was actioned by Lead. A Speed Mentoring Event was held bringing together 10 potential women mentees and more than 15 mentors using speed dating as an innovative way to bring the different groups together.
Both mentors and mentees were self selected from the Open Meetings held during the Women’s Commission and via social networks. They make up a diverse group from the community with affiliation to Jewish Care, LSJS, CST, JW3 and many more organisations and initiatives.
Debbie Fox, Vice Chair of Jewish Care and a CWJL commission member, said:
There was a tremendous energy in the room and a real sense of value and endorsement that this leap has been taken. I was proud (and humbled ) to be associated.
Laura Marks, Chair of the CWJL said about the event:
It was a wonderful evening of speed mentor matching. It was a creative and inclusive way to launch the programme. We know that mentoring is a key tool in helping women up the ladder and I am delighted that the team at Lead have taken this forward. The list of mentors and mentees showed the range of talented women we have in our community.
The Speed Mentoring Event launched the pilot mentoring programme for women, which will see the relationship continuing for 6 months with Lead offering additional meetings, resources and support. Lead will also be offering both men and women the opportunity to find a mentor within the community to help further their leadership skills.
Further information from Sam Clifford, Lead Manager at [email protected] or call 020 7242 9734.