Today’s organisations must be able to capitalise on diversity – tapping into a multi-cultural workforce, managing the demands of an increasingly well-educated and experienced cadre of female managers and facilitating virtual teams and alliances in a global workplace.
Never has there been a more crucial time for business leaders to get serious about diversity, equity, and inclusion.
No longer will implicit bias training suffice. Your people expect meaningful engagement and conversation on critical D,E & I issues with others provides individuals, and their respective organisations value well beyond anything that can be ‘trained’.
Welcome – the emergence of mentoring in this space. Programs such as reverse mentoring, reciprocal mentoring, group mentoring and traditional mentoring are great tools to help address DE&I goals and make real cultural/systemic changes within the organisation.
For example, increasing experience with reciprocal mentoring shows that it provides a safe space, where both parties can confront their own perceptions, beliefs and behaviours. The quality of the connection between the top and bottom of the organisation exposes institutional barriers and enables a greater level of collaboration in bringing about meaningful change.
The anecdotal evidence of reverse mentoring is compelling. Where a program has been well-designed and supported (two essential criteria), both sets of participants point to it as one of the most significant learning interventions of their careers. It provides a platform for challenging the prevailing culture and the systems that underpin it; and for replacing limiting beliefs and operational roadblocks.
Join Gina, Senior Program Designer Art of Mentoring, as she provides insights on programs that have made a tangible difference to organisational culture. By facilitating cross-group understanding and supporting disadvantaged or minority groups within an organisation, mentoring is emerging as a powerful method for encouraging organisational diversity.
In this webcast Gina will explore:
· Why mentoring for culture shifts and embracing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is important right now
· Examples of mentoring programs that target different groups
· The critical elements in delivering successful mentoring programs to support culture shifts and DE&I goals.
· The barriers of establishing a mentoring program and how to overcome them.
· Understanding ROI in mentoring and how this aligns with DE&I objectives
Gina Meibusch, Senior Program Designer, Art of Mentoring