Two kinds of mentoring programs: mentoring programs for women entrepreneurs and intercompany mentoring programs for women executives.
Through its voluntary mentors, WOMEN INITIATIVE FOUNDATION provides a toolkit of skills and strategies that can be used in all the stages of a new company’s growth.
Our mentors are women and men who have succeeded in their own businesses and are experts in their fields. Each mentoring relationship is tailored to the entrepreneur’s unique needs and objectives.
Founded in 2010, the Women’s Business Mentoring Initiative (WBMI) is today the largest and most successful program of its kind in France.
Starting in 2017, the Transatlantic Mentorship Program supports French entrepreneurs who are ready to enter the North American market, and North American entrepreneurs who are ready to enter the EU market, via Paris. Mentees gain an invaluable instant network of influential, high-level support as they enter the new market.
Starting in 2017, the Transatlantic Mentorship Program supports French entrepreneurs who are ready to enter the Canadian market, and Canadian entrepreneurs who are ready to enter the EU market, via Paris. Mentees gain an invaluable instant network of influential, high-level support as they enter the new market.
The program includes 20 pairs mentors-mentees and is really innovative and unique in Europe. The mentors are very experienced people from five worldwide companies: ENGIE, BNP Paribas, L’Oreal, Oracle and PayPal.
The principle of inter-company mentoring: a senior leader from company A mentors a more junior leader or « leader-to-be » from company B.
Mixing people from different companies offers rich & diverse perspectives to both mentors & mentees.
This program will be launched on September 2019 and will include four or five worldwide companies and 20 pairs mentors-mentees from US East Coast or West Coast.
" Mentoring is not for beginners. You have to find the right method for each person and each company. The mentor sees what he can bring to the relationship depending on his own experience. Mentoring is really a customized activity. ”
" As a company manager, I know how important it is to have someone with whom you can speak freely, without constraints, on a range of subjects and sometimes to receive advice. "
" Mentoring doesn’t give you a solution or say what you have to do, but helps you to clarify the key issues or identify the right people. It’s useful to surround yourself with other chief executives who have already been through the steps. "
" My mentor is like a breath of fresh air that inspires me. She keeps an experienced eye on me and gives me the energy I need to keep going. "
" As an entrepreneur, mentoring is the best help you can get. They can help you avoid some of the big pitfalls that they’ve had and also share the ways that they’ve found success, different approaches they’ve taken... They’re also sharing your journey with you, celebrating your successes and sharing your disappointments. "
" I’ve been mentored my whole life, and it’s made an incredible difference. "
Years of life, the requirement for Companies to be mentored
Women Entrepreneurs supported since 2010
Yearly invitations to private gatherings and events
Women entrepreneurs attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business the WIF/BNP executive training week