The Network of Executive Women in Toronto held a mentoring event that focused on how to get a seat at the table.
The second mentoring session, moderated by Karen Young of Nestlé Waters and Michele Hardinge of Walmart Canada, had double the number of attendees this time around compared to the inaugural event in April.
Attendees were able to rotate various tables to get advice and hear from senior grocery leaders on workplace issue. Among the 28 mentors at the event, nine were male.
VIEW: Gallery from NEW Toronto mentoring session
A number of sub-themes arose during the session. Attendees heard that mentorship and sponsorship shouldn't be confused with ownership. Mentors stressed that there needs to be full accountability for having a plan and putting into place / action the guidance offered by mentors and sponsors.
As well, attendees were encouraged that getting a seat at the table requires the ability to "see yourself already there". Advice included envisioning how you will show up, what you will contribute, and how you will advance the organization.
For young hires, it's also important to align strengths to the leadership qualities that are important to the organization and make that link evident.