The Power Of Mentoring & Sponsorship

Monday 17th May 2021 12:30pm to 1:30pm Add to my calendar
Member : FREE   Guest : £10  

WIBF and Tesco Bank are delighted to invite you to this interactive and practical session with Vanessa Vallely OBE, who will share her top tips having mentored over 100 individuals during her 25 year career in Finance.

Success in your career isn’t just about the ability to do your day job and do it well. Success is often achieved by pushing your boundaries and learning/benefiting from the advice and experience of others. Mentoring is becoming an increasingly popular way of leveraging skills. However, if your mentoring relationships are not structured and there are no measurements for success, then these sessions are unlikely to reap rewards in the long term. If you are interested in seeking mentors in the future and/or want to turn up the heat on an existing mentoring relationship, then this hands on learning session is for you.

Key take-aways:

  • Learn the basics of a successful mentoring relationship, who does what and why!
  • Learn how to drive success from your mentoring relationships to achieve optimum results
  • Map out a skills framework and relationship plan to identify your long term and short term outcomes
  • Identify and plan to approach potential mentors
  • Learn how to be the best mentee!
  • Practice your mentoring pitch
  • Gain access to templates to get your mentoring engagement off to a flying start
  • Find out who else you might need in your career, e.g. coaches and sponsors
  • Learn how to turn your mentors in to sponsors

Vanessa Vallely OBE is one of the UK’s most well-networked women and has provided keynotes on a variety of career related topics for over 500 companies worldwide. Vanessa is also one of the UK’s most prominent figures in gender equality and often provides guidance and consultancy to both government and corporate organisations who are seeking to attract, develop and retain their female talent. Vanessa was awarded her OBE in June 2018 for her services to women and the economy.

At the height of her successful 25 year career in financial services, Vanessa launched the award winning in 2008 as a vehicle to help women progress in their careers. now has over 120,000 members and provides resources/conferences/awards/jobs to women across the UK. Vanessa is also the -founder of UK wide diversity forum Gender Networks. Gender Networks (formerly The Network of Networks) brings together diversity leaders from 85 cross sector firms to share best practice on a quarterly basis.

Vanessa is also the author of “Heels of Steel: Surviving and Thriving in the Corporate World” which tracks her career and shares thirteen chapters of tips to succeed in the workplace.

Over the past twelve years, she has accumulated over 20 industry awards, including Women in Banking & Finance’s Champion for Women, Financial News Top 100 Rising Star, The International Alliance for Women Top 100 Women globally & Brummells Top 30 London Entrepreneurs. In 2015 Vanessa was in GQ UK’s Top 100 Connected Women and the Evening Standard’s 1000 Most Influential Londoners.

This virtual event will be delivered via Zoom - please register with us in advance of the session to ensure you receive the joining instructions.

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Lorna Hinds-Sotomey on 17th May 2021

it may be a bit late - realised i hadn’t registered.  If possible can i .receive the link please?


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