What a shining example of the power of the collective! Capturing the SA leg of the 2015 Global Mentoring Walk on International Women’s Day, we witnessed true collaboration between established and emerging women leaders, convening from many countries across this continent and the globe.
Sincere congratulations and thanks to Hema Vallabh of The Passionate Professional, who is an alumna of the Fortune Global Women’s Mentoring Program and a Vital Voices Global Leader, as well as our national flag bearer for this walk in our country. Taking place for the third year in a row, it was held at Marks Park in Johannesburg, one of our favourite places where we frequently walk with our German Shepherd and Golden Retriever. Our dogs seem pretty convinced that the park is a piece of heaven on earth, and it certainly shimmered with inspiration on Sunday 8th March.
This year the Global Mentoring Walk took place simultaneously in an unprecedented 75 cities in 53 different countries, unifying the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network, which is an organisation of leaders who are passionate about paying it forward and investing in the next generation of women leaders. The vibrant group of thoughtfully partnered mentors and mentees engaged in a range of enriching activities, including walking together in the park as they discussed their professional challenges and successes in the process of establishing mentoring relationships.
For insight into what unfolded, including feedback from a number of participants in their own words, take a look at the video that we created:
Summing up the spirit of this unforgettable day, Zoë Dean-Smith, Senior Director at Vital Voices, shared a quote by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Reinforcing this, Deborah Dugan, CEO of (RED), one of the sponsors, encouraged the mentees to believe in themselves, adding that “… the power in this room can change the world.”
Watch this space for more inspiration from The Passionate Professional, which is an incubator that is focused on developing leaders through mentorship by means of events such as this Mentoring Walk, as well as a range of other offerings like their Mentorship Musings chapter. And if this opens your eyes to how you too may utilise the impact of video to amplify your message and pay it forward in a bigger way, for the benefit of yourself, your partners and the potential audience that you are empowered to reach, then contact us to discuss how we can help.