Mentoring programme builds pipeline of women leaders
Hon Jo Goodhew
Minister of Women’s Affairs
Mentoring programme builds pipeline of
Women’s Affairs Minister Jo Goodhew
today joined with the Institute of Directors in Auckland to
celebrate the successful completion of its 2012 mentoring
programme, and welcome a new intake of 27 women for
“The Institute of Directors is to be congratulated
for its persistence and commitment to increasing the number
of women on private sector boards,” Mrs Goodhew
The Mentoring for Diversity programme brings
together experienced and skilled women interested in
governance careers with senior chairs and directors as their
mentors for a year.
“It is vital that we get more of our
outstanding and talented women participating at the board
table,” Mrs Goodhew said.
“Board diversity is needed
to help maintain a competitive and vibrant economy. Research
increasingly tells us that there is a positive relationship
between women on boards and organisational performance,
particularly bottom-line financial performance.
Mentoring for Diversity programme makes an invaluable
contribution by building up a cohort of women ready to take
on leadership roles.
“I understand that at least 10
percent of the 2012 mentees have already been appointed to
large commercial boards.
“I wish all the Mentoring for
Diversity mentees every success with their governance
careers and look forward to hearing about their
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