In 2020, Viva relaunched its Mentoring Program with even more value-add for its mentees.
The Viva Mentorship Program is a one-of-its-kind program run in Beijing, aiming to connect bright and ambitious women in junior or mid-level positions in organisations with senior-level mentors to provide an objective, confidential and psychologically safe platform to support mentees’ professional and personal growth. We have stellar mentors from diverse backgrounds and exemplary career paths who have pledged to dedicate quality time to their mentee’s development. In addition, we are also looking forward to supporting cross-gender and reverse mentorship. If you want to give back to society and believe that a healthy community lies in educating and supporting women, we welcome you as our mentor.
The Mentorship Program is run for 6 months twice a year, and available exclusively for Viva members*. The mentors are required to meet online or in person with their mentee at least 3 times during the 6 months. The process is entirely mentee-led which means the contact has to be maintained by the mentee. We encourage mentees to be specific about how they want to flourish in the next year, and ask intentional questions to their mentors. Once a mentor and mentee have been paired by Viva, we hold no interference in the relationship. At the end of the program, we collect feedback and feedforwards from both the parties aimed at their personal growth.
2020-2021 Mentorship Program Highlights
This year we have graduated to hosting two groups of mentees:
- Advanced mentees at a mid-management level looking to pair with C-Suite executives
- Standard mentees in entry or junior-level positions
Further Support to Mentees
Viva supports ongoing online support to the mentees through webinars where the mentees are strongly encouraged to bring workplace dilemmas to be discussed and multiple solutions suggested by the mentee group. The mentees are also directed towards professional literature, such as Harvard Business Review and other books, podcasts, and documentaries for their growth.
Support to Mentors
We provide online guidance to mentors through mentorship education based on evidence-based literature as well as sharing best practices in the field. Due to the mentors’ highly valuable time, they are encouraged but not required to read the literature provided.
Please note: Viva membership includes one spot in the 6-month Mentorship Program. Those who wish to participate twice in 1 year must pay for a 2nd membership. All membership fees are donated to Educating Girls in Rural China.
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