Women Mentoring Men℠

Standing Together for Change

As we continue to innovate and build on our long tradition of developing leaders through mentoring, we are excited to scale our groundbreaking new, cross-company mentoring program focused on women mentoring men to engage men as advocates in gender parity. We believe that by women and men coming together to have courageous conversations on gender dynamics in the workplace and barriers to gender parity, in addition to experiential learning with a group of dynamic leaders, we can create positive change together. It will take all of us!

Reflect and Build awareness.

96% of companies report progress when men are actively involved in gender diversity initiatives. When they’re not, only 30% show progress.
96%

WHEN MEN ARE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN GENDER DIVERSITY

30%

WHEN MEN ARE NOT INVOLVED

Learn inclusive leadership behaviors.

Group Session Topics

  • Setting the Foundation: Gender Parity
  • Recognizing Subtle Acts of Exclusion
  • Unpacking power and privilege
  • Engaging in Courageous Conversations
  • Becoming an Epic Advocate
  • Reflecting on learnings and action planning

Partnering with D&I experts.

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Men who have women mentors are more aware of gender bias than men who do not have this experience.

Catalyst (2009)

Be a change agent.

Despite a strong focus on Diversity and Inclusion across organizations and many different efforts specifically focused on driving gender parity, women continue to be underrepresented at every level of the corporate pipeline (Women in the Workplace, 2019). There are still many barriers that get in the way of the advancement of women and achieving gender parity in our workplaces.

 

At Menttium, we have a long history and tradition of developing and advancing women through mentoring. Now, we are being intentional about engaging men in a unique mentoring experience to build awareness, sharpen skill-sets and continue to develop the confidence to be advocates for gender parity. By standing together as leaders, as women and men, we can be change agents to drive inclusion!

For companies that prioritize creating a culture of equality, data shows that women are four times more likely to reach senior manager and director levels.
4

Times More Likely

Accenture, Getting to Equal (2018)

The Results

Mentee & Mentor Impact

I feel more comfortable discussing gender equity in the workplace.0%
I feel more personally accountable for supporting women's development and advancement at my organization.0%
I am more confident in speaking up/being an ally.0%
I am more aware of common challenges confronted
by women in the workplace.
0%
I am actively examining my personal gender biases.0%

Mentee Impact

I believe being mentored by a woman is a critical leadership development experience.0%
I will encourage other men in my organization to serve
as allies to women.
0%

“[My mentor] was incredibly supportive and open with me which helped me better embrace what change means not just for women but women of color. To have a mentor that is willing to be open and listen is incredibly important and helped me become a better person and leader as well as advocate.”

– Pilot Cohort Mentee, 2020

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Hear from pilot mentee participant:

Rob Grubka

President, Employee Benefits

Voya Financial

Participation Criteria

Mentees

• Male Sr Leaders (Director – VP)
• Nomination process
• Voluntary, opt-in participation
• Strong desire to learn and grow in inclusive leadership
• Demonstrated humility and openness to other perspectives

Mentors

• Female Sr Leaders (Director – VP)
• Nomination process
• Voluntary, opt-in participation
• Strong passion and commitment to gender parity and inclusion
• Demonstrated humility and openness to other perspectives

The Structure

Monthly facilitated group sessions via Zoom

Monthly one-to-one mentee/mentor partnership meetings

Ongoing tools and resources

Check-ins and surveys to measure impact

Hear from Missy Chicre SVP, Business Development & Product Innovation featured on WCCO and What the HR! podcast.

For nearly 30 years, Menttium has been leveraging our world-class matching process to create successful mentee/mentor matches with a focus on creating emotional safety to deepen learning and growth.

 

With the combination of our track record, our incredible network of experienced mentors, and our organization’s commitment to the development and advancement of women, we believe that our participants will have the ability to enable transformational change.