The United States Consulate has urged Nigerian women to mentor fellow women in the workplace by keying into a formal structured mentoring programme while being represented at the more senior levels in any organization. This was emphasized on during a mentorship workshop tagged: “Transforming the Future: Women Mentoring Women in the Workplace,” created by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Human Resource and organized by the US Consulate General, Lagos in Lagos yesterday. The event which used U.S. Department of State’s training materials on structured mentoring as the basis to implement a formalized programme of woman-to-woman mentoring had participants of Nigerian women leaders in the fields of education, finance, arts, media, technology and fashion.
Speaking at the event, the United States Consul General, John Bray, said “I know that a number of Nigerian women have participated in this programme; we want to provide a mechanism for knowledge sharing between older and younger employees. The U.S. Department of State is committed to advocating for and including women in the workplace both in the United States and abroad.” “We want to connect our rising stars with leaders, top performers, and others. We recognize that we need to take steps to ensure that our leadership was both ethnically and gender diverse. Through structured mentoring programs run by Executive Women at State and our Human Resources bureau, we are working to increase the number of women in line with our goal of having a workforce that reflects the makeup of U.S. society.”
“We have identified assisting women to achieve senior positions in both the private and public sector as a priority,” he added. Leading the discussion, public affairs officer, United States Consulate General, Lagos, Darcy Zotter, said “There is a high-potential mentoring which connects rising stars with leaders. Young people in particular respond to the personal attention, guidance and professional development. There is also reverse mentoring that strengthens senior leaders and executive teams. Both sides gain.”
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