On International Women’s Day the Commission held a speed mentoring event for young women, with inspirational mentors from a range of industries ready to share their advice.
Acting Commissioner John Byrne said the mentors included Kirby Bentley from the Fremantle Dockers Women’s Team, former WA Chief Scientist Prof Lyn Beazley, and Designer and Director of Morrison Clothing Kylie Radford.
“We had inspiring mentors from many different backgrounds and disciplines all volunteering their time with some very lucky young women,” he said.
John Byrne said the Commission’s speed mentoring event on International Women’s Day received positive feedback. The format involved each young woman spending 10 minutes which each mentor.
He said it was good to do something practical to contribute to gender equality on International Women’s Day.
“Studies have shown that the career progression of both men and women benefit from mentors, however women often find female mentors harder to access as there is still an under-representation of women in senior roles,” he said.
Twenty one young women participated this year including 10 from Katanning. Some of the mentors offered to continue mentoring some of the participants after the event.