PRWeek and Women in PR relaunch Mentoring Project to help women succeed in sector

PRWeek is joining forces with Women in PR, the networking group for female comms professionals, to launch a second round of the Mentoring Project to help more women get ahead in their careers.

The scheme debuted in late 2013 and saw 15 promising young female PR managers paired up with mentors who have already climbed to a higher rung on the leadership ladder.

The initiative is to relaunch next month with the help of Women in PR, whose president Mary Whenman was among the 15 original mentors.

Whenman, who is MD of corporate, financial and public affairs at Weber Shandwick, said: "Following the success of the first year of the PRWeek mentoring scheme, Women in PR is delighted to be PR Week’s official partner in delivering the 2015 mentoring programme.

"Supporting the female pipeline and the next generation of women leaders in the PR industry is part of our core purpose, along with supporting gender balance in the boardroom. It is great news that so many of last year’s mentors have committed to the 2015 programme. We look forward to announcing their names, along with the new mentors, at the launch of the scheme in April."

Visit prweek.com/uk next month for information on how to apply to become a mentee. For more information on the scheme, click here.

The success of the first year’s Mentoring Project will be documented in this month’s edition of PRWeek, which has the theme of women in PR.

PRWeek recently spoke to several senior female comms professionals from our Mentoring Project about their experiences of working in the sector. They also offered advice for other women about being successful in the industry. Click here to see the video.

A recent report from the CIPR found that male PRs paid £8,500 more than women purely because of gender.

The news comes ahead of International Women’s Day on Sunday (8 March).

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