MENTORING

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The program is geared to educate, inspire and empower women across different generations with the core values, attitudes and skills that are the foundation of quality leadership. It comprises of 1-on-1 mentoring conversations around career development, professional advancement and different areas of professional experience from another PrimeTime Member. The program was launched in 2017. Regular workshops are being organized and are ‘by invitation’ only and available exclusively to the Mentoring Program Participants.

If you are interested in the mentoring program, please contact us at mentoring@primetime.org.sg.

*Registrations are closed for the Sept. 2020 – Apr. 2021 intake.

 

Why mentoring?

Mentoring is a relationship between two individuals based on a mutual desire for development towards career and personal goals and objectives. This unique Two-Way Mentoring Program was developed at PrimeTime to educate, inspire and empower women across different generations, backgrounds and cultures with the core values, attitudes and skills that are the foundation of quality leadership.

What’s in it for me?

The program will run for 8 months to enable deeper connections between participants and more solid learning outcomes. It comprises of monthly 1-on-1 mentoring and coaching conversations around career development, professional advancement and different areas of professional experience with a Buddy-Mentor, who is another PrimeTime fellow Member. Under this program, PrimeTime offers monthly developmental webinars/workshops to all participants to enhance the learning journey, provide ongoing communications with links to relevant articles/videos and regular check-ins through online surveys to gather feedback from all program participants!

Who can join?

PrimeTime Mentoring Program is open to all current PrimeTime Members and contingent upon a commitment to 1 mentoring meeting in person per month for a period of 8 months. We require that everyone interested in joining the program brings the following attributes:

• Patience, understanding, openness and creative attitude
• High degree of professional integrity and respect
• Strong communication skills: speak clearly and with respect, listen & provide constructive feedback focused on solutions
• Sensitivity to the equal mentoring roles and responsibilities to ensure needs of both Buddy-Mentor are met.

How does it work?

This is an 8-month program with regular webinars/workshops and ongoing communications from the Program Office.

Total costs for the program is $175 (PrimeTime members) covering about 8 sessions (workshops/webinars) between September to April. Participants are expected to attend at least 75% of the educational sessions to fully benefit from the overall program structure and to experience the complete learning journey with PrimeTime Two-Way Mentoring Program!

Structure of Mentoring 3.0 program for 2020-2021

Mentoring 3.0 runs from Sept. 2020 – Apr. 2021. Below is the structure of the program:

Phases

Event/Action


Timeline

Duration

Pre-program

Registration Window

25 Jun 2020 – 15 Aug 2020

Own pace (has a deadline)

Pre-program workshop: Basics of Mentoring and A glimpse of Two Way Mentoring 3.0 Program

25 Jun 2020 – 7pm – 8.30pm

1.5 hrs

Preparation of your profile and questionnaire

24 Aug – 9 Sept 2020

Own pace (has a deadline)

Speed Dating and Getting to know each other

Sept 2020

2 hrs

Voting for your preferred peer mentors

Sept 2020

Own pace (has a deadline)

Two Way Mentoring Program

Kick off TWM 3.0 – Basics/Mentoring goals, Structure/Dates/Workshop details/Peer mentor matching details

Sept 2020

2 hrs

1:1 peer mentor meetings

**On-going until April 2020

Workshop 1*: Understanding Mentoring in a diverse context and Unconscious bias

Oct 2020

1.5 hrs

Strengths Finder Assessment

Nov 2020

Own pace (has a deadline)

Workshop 2*: Discover your strengths

Nov 2020

2 hrs

Workshop 3*: EQ to help build rapport and trust

Dec 2020

1.5 hrs

Mid-program survey

Dec 2021/Jan 2021

Own pace (has a deadline)

Workshop 4*: Tune into your values and courage

Jan 2021

1.5 hrs

Workshop 5*: Navigating challenging conversations, Effective communication and feedback

Feb 2021

1.5 hrs

Workshops 6*: Mindfulness and Resilience

Mar 2021

1.5 hrs

Feedback and Finale

Finale – Self Reflection and Feedback

Apr 2021

1.5 hrs

*The workshop topics are subject to changes

**Peer mentors to meet at least once a month

Note: Depending on the COVID-19 situation in Singapore, there might be live sessions for workshops

What previous participants say about the program?

Regular workshops were held and available exclusively to the Mentoring Program Participants. Overall, there were 50+ women who participated and graduated from the 8-month program! Feedback that we have received so far included the following:

  • “I have an action plan and started to actually realizing my goals!”
  • “I finally started to take action in order to pursue my goals and I gained new perspectives and insights as well!”
  • “Great opportunity for a new member such as myself to connect with another Primetime member on a real level (outside quick 1 -3 hour primetime) with similar goals and challenges. Having a listening ear from someone who is not emotionally involved in my life and who can challenge me and provide feedback in an honest and detached way.”
  • “I think life is an ongoing learning and sharing process. I believe in power of peer to peer support kind of relationships.”
  • “I would like to join this program again next year! I think it is always helpful to foster a mentoring and supportive relationship with another woman.”
  • “I enjoyed the friendship with my co-mentor! We have had fun together, and she challenged me even when I didn’t want to listen.”
  • “The mentoring team has done a brilliant job in organizing this and the program is well structured. The most in-depth guidance on mentoring I have received (and I have participated in several previous mentoring programs at work). The concept of 2-way mentoring is highly innovative and interesting. So yes I would do it again, as I think it is highly valuable – what you make of it.”

Program cost

  • Members: SGD 175
  • Non-members: SGD 220

How to join the program?

Mentoring 3.0 is open to all PrimeTime members.

If you are not a member yet, you will still be able to register with a non-member fee.

This will include nominated employees of corporate partners, too. Please contact the Partnerships team at partnerships@primetime.org.sg if your company is interested in becoming a Corporate Partner with PrimeTime.

If you are interested in the mentoring program, please contact us at mentoring@primetime.org.sg.

Hurry up, we have limited seats!

Mentoring Program Leaders

Ramya Bhaskar (Lead)

Mentoring Program Leaders
Ramya Bhaskar (Lead)

Ramya is a Program Manager with over 10 years of experience in the Information Technology field. She has a Master’s degree in Engineering and is trained in Program Management. She has worked with 2 MNC’s so far and dealt with different organization culture and procedures. She strives to implement a regime of “continuous improvement” at work and actively works on bringing down internal processes to a lean model.

She has extensive volunteer experience in Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Engagement in organizing events within the community and for social causes.

Ramya is involved with WeDu since 2017 where she mentors young girls to achieve their fullest potential and rides them towards the right direction based on their life goals. She is also an active mentor in National University of Singapore’s Engineering department.

In her free time, she loves to explore colors through paintings and finds happiness cooking for her family. She also loves reading contemporary fiction and enjoys travelling, Zumba and yoga.

Ramya has been an active member in PrimeTime for the past 3 years and is a strong believer of women empowerment and equality.

View Ramya’s profile here
Contact Ramya at mentoring@primetime.org.sg

Claudia Al-Bala’s (Co-Lead)

Claudia Al-Bala’s (Co-Lead)

Claudia is a certified Integral Development Coach and is passionate about supporting professionals reach their potential and to live authentic and balanced lives.

Her last corporate role before establishing her own coaching business, was Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts. As a leader in Human Resources, she valued mentoring and developing hoteliers at all levels of the organization.

She is originally from Germany, but has lived the majority of her life outside of her home country; in Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and Asia. For the last 19 years she has been working and living in Singapore.

Rebecca Chan (Program Team)

Rebecca Chan (Program Team)

Rebecca is a Human Resource business partner who connects management with their talents through creating meaningful bridges and win-win situations that benefit all. With extensive experience helping others build careers and develop professionally, Rebecca was able to provide a variety of perspectives that allowed others to explore what might be their callings in life and see potentials where they could excel.

Rebecca has been volunteering as a mentor to graduating students of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS for the past 4 years. As a mentor to young minds before their first foray into working life, Rebecca shares her own experiences and career choices, creating world of possibilities and helping them make more informed choices as they take on their roles in the society after graduation.

Outside of work, Rebecca spends her time with her community choirs, singing choral pieces in concerts and performances. She is an avid reader of books and audio books and loves the written word as much as all forms of performing arts.

View Rebecca’s profile here.

Sita Doornbos (Program Team)

Sita Doornbos (Program Team)

Mrs. Doornbos is a Transformation director who simplifies and adapts ways of working, drives performance with a purpose and strives to make a difference. With tactical focus and a sincere belief in the transformative potential of IT and digitalization to unlock opportunities, she combines people, collaborative operations, and technology to achieve optimal results and robust global growth initiatives.

It is her believe that change happens when purpose and understanding come together.

She worked for Maersk in several strategic transformation initiatives, most recently as Chief of Staff for Maersk Trade Finance where she was responsible for Trade Finance performance and its strategic realignment within Maersk Logistics and Services, the DAMCO Chief Supply Chain and Digitisation Office, a Supply Chain Development Consultant in Asia and she started her Maersk/DAMCO career as DAMCO Head IT Project Management Office for APAC.

Before joining Maersk, she was with IKEA in APAC IT restructuring, prior to that she was an independent interim manager in NL in restructuring and business improvement in various industries, worked as IT director for DSM and started out as a strategy consultant in Europe.

She is a Computer Science Engineer from Delft University of Technology, a PMI certified project manager, graduated as an Interim Manager from Rotterdam School of Management and is a certified practitioner in Insights team effectiveness and conflict management.

Sita is Dutch, speaks 6 languages, married with two sons, has lived in Asia for the past 11 years and currently lives in Singapore.

She loves fitness, cooking, photography and reading up on social sciences, philosophy and politics.

View Sita’s profile here.

Apurva Udaykumar (Program Team)

Apurva Udaykumar (Program Team)

Apurva is a Strategy & Operations Business Partner with extensive experience supporting Technology organizations in the Financial Industry. She is passionate about helping teams improve their effectiveness as well as efficiency, with a key focus on people and culture.

Apurva is an ardent advocate for creating inclusive workplaces. She believes inclusion starts with understanding and confronting our unconscious biases, and actively working to un-learn them. She volunteers with Wedu as a mentor, supporting young women in realizing their professional potential and Keynote Women Speakers directory, that is focused on bringing diversity to the stages around the world.

In her spare time, Apurva is usually found with her nose deep in a book or a crossword. She is currently on a mission to read a book from every country across the globe.

Venue Sponsor

Contact us at mentoring@primetime.org.sg if you would like to support our program by being our venue sponsor.

Past Mentoring Events:

(Webinar) Basics of Mentoring and A glimpse of Two Way Mentoring 3.0 Program