PRWeek and Women in PR kick off 2019 Mentoring Scheme

PRWeek UK and Women in PR's Mentoring Scheme is open for applications for 2019, with the list of new mentors revealed today.

Mentoring: entry deadline is 29 March
Mentoring: entry deadline is 29 March

Now in its sixth year, the scheme aims to empower women to climb the PR ladder and take prominent leadership roles within the industry.

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 29 March.

Each chosen PR professional will be matched with a mentor – an experienced female PR figure – who will offer guidance through face-to-face meetings and other forms of contact.

Click here to read how the 2018 Mentoring Scheme benefited mentees and their careers. Scroll down for details of how to enter.

The 2019 mentors

  • Molly Aldridge, global CEO, M&C Saatchi Public Relations 
  • Rachel Bell, chairman, The Academy Media Group 
  • Gay Collins, founding partner, Montfort Communications 
  • Misha Dhanak, founder & CEO, The Romans 
  • Rachel Friend, UK CEO, Weber Shandwick 
  • Nicola Green, director of corporate affairs, O2 
  • Ali Jeremy, head of comms, NSPCC 
  • Doyel Maitra, head of PR and consumer affairs, Money Supermarket
  • Michele Moore, senior PR manager, Cap Gemini
  • Emily Morgan, MD, consumer, The Red Consultancy
  • Ginny Paton, director, Mischief 
  • Tanya Ridd, head of communications, EMEA, Snap Inc 
  • Sarah Samee, head of communications, CIFAS
  • Deborah Saw, executive chair, Newgate Communications 
  • Jennifer Thomas, head of internal comms & experience, Direct Line Group 

How to enter

Successful applicants must:

  • Have a minimum of five years in PR
  • Currently work in a pure PR role in the UK
  • Have some line management experience in a current or recent position
  • Be available to attend a PRWeek photoshoot in London on the afternoon of 15 May
  • Be a member of Women in PR

To enter, please answer the 10 questions below and send your responses to info@womeninpr.org.uk with the subject line: Application for Mentoring Scheme.

Please attach two written references with your application (these can be references obtained previously for LinkedIn, or references written specifically in support of your application for a place on this scheme). Applicants who do not send two references, or who send contact details for referees instead of written references, will be discounted.

Please start your application by providing the following profile information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Twitter handle
  • LinkedIn profile
  • Current job title and employer
  • Location

Questions:

  1. Tell us about yourself and why you think having a mentor will help drive your career (200 words)
  2. What can you get from a mentor that you cannot get from senior colleagues? (100 words)
  3. What is your single biggest career achievement to date? (200 words)
  4. What is your 'five year plan'? Please outline key objectives (200 words)
  5. How many people do you manage and what is your leadership style? (100 words)
  6. Have you had to address any issues around diversity or social mobility, personally or within your team (please describe)? (100 words)
  7. How active are you outside your day job in helping to improve our industry? Tell us about any organisations, initiatives or campaigns you’re involved with (100 words)
  8. Are there any particular issues you have had to face in your career? How have you dealt with these? (100 words)
  9. Please paste here a reference from a current or past line manager or senior colleague. Please include their job title and contact details (although we should not need to contact them) (200 words)
  10. Do you have concerns around juggling a PR career with having children, either now or in the future? Tell us if you would prefer to be matched with a mentor who has experience of this (100 words)

Please note that by sending in your entry, you are agreeing for your personal data to be stored and used solely for the purposes of the management of the PRWeek/WIPR mentoring scheme.

Successful applicants will be contacted by the end of April 2019. Unfortunately, as the mentoring programme is run by volunteers, individual feedback on applications will be not available.

For questions, please email info@womeninpr.org.uk.

Good luck!

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