HR professionals interested in helping to boost the number of women in senior management in New Zealand take note – applications have just opened for the second annual Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Mentoring for Diversity program.
The program pairs a highly experienced senior director or chairman with a “board ready” woman wanting to further her governance career. The mentor will also provide excellent learning and networking experiences which were invaluable for the professional development of those involved, Ralph Chivers from IoD said. “The first year of the program has already started to deliver results with several mentees obtaining board positions with significant organisations,” he added.
Research has demonstrated that diversity improves the quality of decision making and financial performance from boards – which was why the IoD was committed to the programme, Chivers said. “While the program at the moment is focused on women, it is important to realise that diversity on boards is about more than gender, it’s about diversity of thought. Gender is a starting point for us,” he said.
There are many capable women ready and able to serve on boards of all levels, but it is not just about having women on boards to balance the statistics, he said. “Women want to be there on merit, and boards want skilled people to diversify thinking and improve decision making. This program is about developing connections, sharing skills and experiences that will help improve the candidacy and the visibility of the mentees for board positions.”
Further information about the programme, its criteria and an application form are all available on the IoD website. Applications have to be submitted by Thursday 20 September.