Serendis is the leading provider of structured, sophisticated and successful mentoring programs in Australia - both organisational-centric and cross industry.

Women in Banking & Finance (WiBF) Mentoring Program

Since 2010, Serendis has been designing and facilitating the Women in Banking & Finance (WiBF) Mentoring Program - an industry wide mentoring program that aims to engage senior leaders in gender diversity initiatives and support the professional development of women in the finance industry. Across three states in Australia, more than 25 leading finance organisations participate in this program every year, putting forward some of their most senior executives as mentees and mentors.

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Women in Drinks Mentoring Program

Since 2017, the Australian Drinks Association in partnership with Serendis, has facilitated an impactful diversity initiative for their membership. The program is a cross-industry mentoring program which is open to all member organisations of the Drinks Association. The program is designed to help talented women develop their readiness for leadership roles while educating senior leaders and influencers in the drinks industry on the benefits, enablers and barriers to women in their organisations and the sector. In the inaugural program 58 participants from 10 organisations were involved.

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Franklin Women Mentoring Program (Health and Medical Research sector)

Since 2017, Franklin Women in partnership with Serendis has delivered their Mentoring Program for the health and medical research sector. The cross-organisational, structured program will facilitate formal mentee-mentor relationships between female researchers and senior professionals (male and female) in the health and medical research field to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions.

The aim of the program is to support the career development of women who already have a significant investment in their career and are looking to progress to leadership roles, to retain their skills and intellectual capital within the sector. It will also engage senior leaders in the importance of gender-balanced leadership and the role they play in achieving this.

In this inaugural program, 54 participants from 12 organisations will participate.

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Women in Property Mentoring Program

In 2014, Serendis launched the Property Council of Australia's Women in Property Mentoring Program. This established cross-industry mentoring program brings together several key players in the property industry in order to help promote an inclusive culture and develop women for senior leadership roles. Now in its sixth year, more than 100 participants across 15 organisations in both Sydney and Perth are involved in this highly successful program.

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Our Expertise

Serendis consultants have had extensive experience in developing and managing large scale mentoring programs - both in-house and across different organisations. Mentoring programs are very common within large organisations. However, too often the lack of structure and support given to participants lead to short term, awkward or inconclusive relationships. Our structured mentoring programs have been designed to address each of the following key factors of success.

We conduct a thorough and skilled matching process and provide support, training and coaching to both mentors and mentees.

Key success factors of a mentoring partnership:

The alignment of professional backgrounds, experiences and cultures is only one aspect of the relationship. For the individuals to learn from each other there needs to be a sense of mutual trust, respect and common styles of communication and learning.

"The matching has been perfect, allowing me to effectively support my mentee through this important stage in her career, whilst playing on my own strengths to help her."
A structured program ensures a commitment from both parties to meet on a regular basis for a session dedicated to mentoring. This allows continuity and momentum: the parties will more likely set an agenda and follow up on results or changes that have happened in between sessions.

"This is the most sophisticated mentoring program I have ever been involved in which allows for a far more structured mentoring relationship. The workshops have provided me with additional tools to utilise during my sessions with my mentor, I have found these sessions most useful."
Defined expectations and commitments from both parties are the first steps to a successful mentoring experience. Mentoring can be perceived in many different ways and a key success factor is for both mentor and mentee to agree on the definition, purpose and format of the partnership.

"We were able to establish trust early on in the relationship. My mentor is proving an invaluable person to discuss all aspects of my current, present and future career with."
The mentee needs to articulate thoughtful, clear and specific objectives to achieve during the program. A specific agenda is paramount for the relationship to keep momentum and have a positive impact on the mentee's professional development.

"My mentee is well organised and keen to derive the most from every session. She prepares an agenda in advance with a plan for our session. This works very well for us. We are covering topics such as building her profile, awareness of self, identifying internal sponsors and how to empower and develop her staff."
A mentor's professional and personal experience is not necessarily sufficient to the success of a mentoring relationship. A key factor of success is for the mentor to be able to facilitate a process in which the mentee finds solutions on their own, comes to insightful conclusions and is able to implement changes in their approach.

"HBDI has been an epiphany for me. Knowing how to get the most from the people I work with has been incredibly useful."

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