Safaricom Women in Business Initiative has sought to increase the number of women owned firms engaging with Safaricom. One of the ways to increase this number is through mentorship.
Rebecca Wanjiku, CEO Fireside Group
The Mentorship Program
The best part is to understand what mentorship is. If you search online, you will get a variety of options, but I have come up with a guide on the mentor-mentee responsibilities. Meet my mentees
CEO, Fireside Group
In the last one year, the Safaricom Women in Business Initiative has sought to increase the number of women owned firms engaging with Safaricom. The initiative started in April 2017, when it was reported that out of over 1,000 suppliers, only 27 were women. The number has since risen to over 100.
Amount of money Safaricom plans to spend on women-owned businesses in 2018.
Current number of women suppliers engaging with Safaricom Ltd, up from 27 in April 2017.
What is the role of a mentor?
Advisor and coach: provide advice, guidance, and feedback; share their experience and expertise as appropriate; act as a sounding board for ideas and action plans
Champion and cheerleader: Offer encouragement and support to try new things; help mentees move out their comfort zones; celebrate successes; help mentees understand when things do not go as planned.
Resource and recommendations: Identify resources that will help mentees with personal development and growth, such as recommending books, workshops, or other learning tools; encourage mentees to join networking organizations or introduce them to new contacts
Devil’s advocate and “truth-sayer”: Provide the tough feedback that mentees need to hear in order to move forward; push mentees to take risks when appropriate; help mentees consider and weigh potential consequences of decisions and actions to avoid the pitfalls and predictable surprises that may occur.
Meanwhile, the mentees have their own responsibilities, including:
Identifying initial learning goals and measures of success for the mentoring relationship ICT Audit
Be open to and seek feedback
Take an active role in their own learning and help drive the process
Schedule and attend mentor conversations
Follow through on commitments and take informed risks as they try new options and behaviors in support of career and development goals.
pursuing telecoms infrastructure businessHere are my mentees