SThree runs its global women’s leadership development programme, Identify, and for the year 2022, they decided to offer the participants of the leadership programme an opportunity to get a personal mentor.
SThree enrolled 30 women in Femme Palette’s mentoring programme, which focused on developing leadership skills, as well as confidence, work-life balance, and management skills. The programme kicked-off with a “How to be a good mentee” workshop, briefing mentees of the development scheme ahead. Femme Palette’s Program Manager then discussed individual career and leadership challenges, which helped the mentees define their SMART goals. These goals were used to connect mentees with the right mentors, whom they’d be working with for the 6 months, meeting every two weeks. This gave participants a chance to spend up to 12 hours with their mentor. The selected mentors offered years of leadership and management experience, and some had recruiting backgrounds.
We tracked mentees’ progress over time and collected their feedback after each session, and at the 3-month and 6-month mark. At the end of the programme, the representatives of Femme Palette were invited to London to participate in the Identify final ceremony, where they met the mentees in person and presented on the power of mentoring.
Based on the collected feedback and measured metrics, mentees were happy overall with their mentors (94% satisfaction rate). They learnt new things applicable in their roles, felt more like authentic leaders and more confident after their mentoring experience. Significant improvements were seen in giving and receiving feedback, and empowering and developing others. Overall, mentees achieved their programme goals by 86% by the end of their journey.
What does the client say?
“The experience of working with Femme Palette has been impactful and really easy! The participants of our women’s development programme, who were matched through FP to their mentors, felt it was the most beneficial part of their experience. Throughout the programme we felt supported, with useful reporting insights on progress for the mentees. What we liked about Femme Palette as a partner, is their commitment to supporting women get access to development through the FP Scholarship fund who may not otherwise have the opportunity.”
Raveena Dhadwal, DEI Business Partner at SThree
Testimonials from the participants
Stefanie Bea, Sales Team Manager at SThree
Mentor: Nahal Smrckova, Manager MEA Services Drafting Team at Oracle CZ
I really profited a lot from the mentoring programme. My mentor Nahal gave me very valuable feedback and was able to help me with different development points such as communication in situations under pressure. I feel more confident about my leadership skills now. Not only me but also my team benefits from this in our daily business.
Varinder Kandola, Business Manager at SThree
Mentor: Tyson Niemeyer, CEO at Gett
This programme has provided me with useful, practical tips that I have been able to immediately put into practice to improve my leadership skills as well as my confidence. Some of the insights provided have really shifted my perspective and challenged the way I think which have in turn really supported my growth this year. Overall, a fantastic programme that I would thoroughly recommend!
Rakhee Patel, Global Senior Reward Business at SThree
Mentor: Katia Tandon (Rassadina), Scrum Master & Business Coach at Bohemia Interactive Simulations
I have thoroughly enjoyed the mentoring programme. My mentor Katia Tandon has been invaluable to me with her support, advice and patience. She has armed me with a set of tools to help me overcome my insecurities and vulnerabilities in the future. I can now say ‘I got this’ with belief and confidence!
Rebecca Darmody, Senior Sales Team Manager at SThree
Mentor: Jan van der Spoel, Coach at Grip on Trust / Former Strategy Director
My mentor Jan was an absolutely fantastic mentor. He has helped me to have a more well rounded view of the challenges I face as a leader and to have the confidence to embrace my authenticity. His questions and ideas were insightful and it was a real pleasure to work with him.