Nov 22, 2022
Mentoring can change your life and your career if done right. One of my standard guest questions asks who their #1 mentor has been and their impact. Most of my formal mentors have been local, as in the same city or at least country ad global mentorship has been limited perhaps by staid ideas of commonality, access and relevance in decades gone by.
Today I chat to Sahera Sumar, the Founder of a social enterprise
(profit for purpose) called Worldwide SHEroes or WWS. It focuses on
leadership capacity building, by empowering women of diversity and
disadvantage to rise to their leadership potential. Their global
mission is to support women to achieve economic equity and
inclusive leadership and to measure our impact using the UN
Sustainable Developmental Goals.
In Sahera’s words, this is not your mainstream women’s mentorship program. They provide mentorship through global mentors within 10 Industry categories, connecting women in the developed world, with women who are from emerging economies. These Mentors are senior women in C-suite, or senior mgt roles who are passionately working with aspiring / emerging leaders from countries such as Egypt, Syria. Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Malawi, Kenya, South Africa, Tajikistan and many more. Their mentees come from international developmental agencies such as Aga Khan Foundation, HOST International and Migrant Resource Centers.
The global vision is for WWS to grow, establish meaningful and aligned partnerships so they can fully digitize our platform; strengthen our learning and development programs and build a greater awareness.
She is drawing upon her own many years of global corporate
experience in talent and leadership development to strengthen
leadership capability for international development projects and
capacity building projects. She Sahera utilises neuro-leadership,
positive psychology, and values-based leadership to develop
emotionally intelligent leaders and a well-being culture.
Inclusive mentorship and a global vision is what has resulted.