Cityparents Mentoring Programme
Welcome to the Cityparents Mentoring Programme!
Our programme is available without charge to all Cityparents Full Access members (either corporate/individual) and consists of four key elements:
- Online resources and newsletter
- Events and Webinars providing information and support for mentees and mentors, and anyone interested in mentoring
- Podcasts sharing personal stories and experiences of mentoring
- Annual Matching Scheme (separate application process)
We explain more about each of these below.
If you would like to join our Mentoring email distribution list and receive our Mentoring newsletter as well as notifications about relevant podcasts, blogs and the Annual Matching Scheme, please opt to receive our Mentoring updates mailing list emails - you can manage your mailing list choices in your account profile here.
Online resources and newsletter
We are adding a range of relevant online content to our website to support anyone involved in the mentoring process, or who is interested in their own career development/supporting that of others. Please browse our Resources page for more. To stay in touch with mentoring related news and content and receive our dedicated quarterly newsletter, please opt to receive our Mentoring updates mailing list emails in your account profile here.
- Reflect on their current situation and future plans and share these in confidence with others in the room
- Hear career advice from Sarah Tennant
- Exchange experiences, issues and ideas collaboratively with peers from across the City
- Enhance their continuing professional development and career progression.
Annual Matching Scheme
What is it? We operate a cross-company Annual Matching Scheme, providing valuable 1-1 support to members of our network. The scheme opens annually for applications. You do not need to be a parent, or based in London, to apply - the Scheme is open to all Cityparents members, and welcomes those seeking a virtual/Skype mentoring partner.
How do I take part? Applicants will be asked to register online during the application window; once registered, you will be emailed the relevant Mentor/Mentee application form. If you would like to apply as both a Mentee and Mentor, please register separately for each.
Is there a fee? Participation in the Spring 2020 Annual Matching Scheme as a Mentee is free for Cityparents members who are employees of Full Corporate Access Pass holders and any individual member with a valid Full Individual Access Pass. There is no charge for Mentors to apply. Participation in the Mentoring Scheme as either a Mentor or Mentee includes Full Access to the whole Mentoring programme, including Mentoring Circles, Online Resources and all Cityparents Network Events and Webinars.
The Cityparents Mentoring Team
Louisa Symington-Mills oversees all aspects of Cityparents Ltd's activities, including the mentoring programme. Louisa established Cityparents (then known as Citymothers) in November 2012. For 10 years Louisa pursued a busy career in banking and finance as a top-3 Extel-ranked sell-side analyst covering listed alternative investment funds at Royal Bank of Scotland and then Jefferies, following the sale of RBS Hoare Govett. She subsequently became Chief Operating Officer at LPEQ (www.LPEQ.com), an international association of listed private equity companies. Prior roles were held at M&G Investment Management and a multi-family office. Louisa is married with two children aged 6 and 8, and lives with her family in the UAE.
Sarah Tennant is our Mentoring Programme Adviser. Sarah is an Executive Coach and Facilitator, accredited by the Association for Coaching (AC), working across industries with individuals and teams and specialising in leadership development, career transition and women returners. Her 20 year background in independent consultancy, business development and training have provided her with a strong insight into the challenges, opportunities and requirements faced by organisations, as well as how executive coaching can effectively help individuals and teams to develop, grow and meet these needs. After gaining her coaching accreditation, Sarah established SLT Executive Coaching to provide people facing career ‘pressure points’ with a positive and collaborative space to be heard, reflect and to devise strategies to manage transition points of their careers. In particular, she is a strong advocate for supporting women through career transition points, as well as for helping organisations retain their female talent pool and work towards closing the gender pay gap.