Monday, 4 May 2015

International Women's Forum 2015 Conference

I would like to share with you all a program I applied for and was accepted into last year - the International Women's Forum (IWF) Women Athletes' Business Network, partnered with EY. Some information can be found here

Essentially I am one of 25 retired athletes that is in business (any sort of business) worldwide, and have been 'matched' with an existing IWF member. The mentor assigned to me is Helen Rule, a very impressive women who is now the President and CEO of Imatech which is "innovative industrial the mining and minerals processing industry". Helen has extended her network to me, and has included in our mentoring program Patricia Twaalfhoven, Principal Manager of North West Rail Link. I have met with my mentors once, and teleconferenced twice so far this year. I come out of each mentoring meeting with a very comprehensive list of action items relating to my personal and professional goals both within and external to Aurecon.

I have just received fantastic news that I have been invited to attend the International Women’s Forum Leadership Development Seminar for Women Athletes’ Business Network in Boston, USA in October. I will absolutely be attending (travel, accommodation and the conference kindly sponsored by EY and contributions from members of the IWF) and can’t wait to meet the 24 other mentees and the IWF network