Navigate, thrive, and lead as a Woman of Colour in the workplace

WoCMentorWoC is a first-of-its-kind, pilot mentorship program designed by, for, and with Women of Colour.

The program is contextualised and speaks to the lived experiences of Women of Colour navigating a corporate work environment where they are often minoritised and racialised.

The program aims to support professional Women of Colour to:

- Advance their career
- Enhance their skills
- Build their network
- Provide a safe sounding board for advice and recommendations

Our purpose is to build a community of Women of Colour motivated, inspired by their peers, and ready to step into their power as changemakers and transformational leaders.

We aim to do this by creating a safe environment where bold and courageous conversations can be had around the systemic challenges and structural barriers faced by professional Women of Colour in the workplace.

Brenda Gaddi
Founder & Managing Director
Women of Colour Australia
LinkedIn Changemaker

Program Overview

WoCMentorWoC is an online, six-month-long mentorship program delivered in partnership with Aboriginal Insights, a leading provider of Cultural Awareness training; as well as Hue: Colour the Conversation, a social justice organisation that delivers training for People of Colour in Australia. 

The program incorporates bespoke curation of training and workshops for Women of Colour and includes sessions based on: 

- Learning, understanding, and celebrating Aboriginal culture and history
- Having brave conversations around the challenges and barriers faced by professional Women of Colour in the workplace
- Honouring our lived experiences as  Women of Colour
- Gaining peer-to-peer insights and guidance on how to navigate, thrive, and lead as a Woman of Colour in the professional sphere
- Connection and networking opportunities with the program cohort

To ensure meaningful engagement, the pilot program is capped at 40 participants; 20 mentees and 20 mentors.

Training & Workshops

Meet our facilitators

Jolleen Hicks

Jolleen Hicks

Founder & CEO

Aboriginal Insights

Elsa Tuet-Rosenberg

Elsa Tuet-Rosenberg

Co-Founder & Director

Hue: Colour the Conversation

Loma Cuevas-Hewitt

Loma Cuevas-Hewitt

Facilitator & Consultant

Hue: Colour the Conversation

Mentoring sessions

In addition to the training and workshops, each mentee will have six 1:1 mentoring sessions with their paired mentor. The mentee will be provided with a Personal Development Plan (PDP) that will serve as a roadmap to meeting their goals and objectives. These sessions are an invaluable way to seek feedback and advice from senior leaders and experts in their field. It is also an opportunity for the pair to unpack what they have both learned from the workshops.

“Being mentored by a fellow Woman of Colour is a key priority to help support career development and progression.”

- Women of Colour in the Australian Workplace Survey, June 2021

Against a backdrop of well-known gender biases affecting women in Australia, the inaugural Women of Colour in the Australian Workplace Survey clearly demonstrate that Women of Colour need mentorship opportunities to navigate the distinctive challenges at the intersection of gender and race.

This program is especially useful for me and other Women of Colour in so many ways. It's about having a community of women standing with each other and for each other. I started my healing after finding the WoCA community and others that have shared lived experiences.

I believe this much-needed program will give the mentees and mentors the courage to dare to dream big and pursue their authentic paths.

Diana Omuoyo
WoCMentorWoC Program Inaugural Ambassador
Global Technology Solution Architect
Ms. World Universal 2022

Interested in the program?

A non-refundable $150.00 fee is charged to all program participants. The $150 co-contribution will help us cover some of the training and workshop costs. We were fortunate to have secured a grant from Bank Australia to help fund the program. Thank you for your support. Please note that there is no fee charged to submit an interest.

MENTEES

The program is suitable for Women of Colour who are looking to grow, evolve, break free from oppressive mental mindsets and narratives to lead and succeed on their own terms.

MENTORS

The program is suitable for Women of Colour who want to give back and share their knowledge, expertise & experiences with their fellow WoC who need guidance in advocating for themselves in predominantly White ethnocentric workplaces.

Frequently asked questions

Wondering how the program works? 

Dive into our FAQ for more details

For more information, email us wocmentorwoc@womenofcolour.org.au

How much is the program fee?As this is our pilot program, the fee is capped at $150.00. Your co-contribution will help us cover some of the training and workshop costs. We were fortunate to have secured a grant from Bank Australia to help fund the program.

Is there a cap on the number of program participants?Yes, there is. To ensure meaningful engagement, the maximum number is capped at 40 participants 20 mentees, and 20 mentors. The participants will be divided into 2 groups; 20 paired mentee and mentor for each group.

How long is the program?The entire program will run for six months from November 2022 to April 2023.

How long are the sessions for?The first module, Cultural Awareness Training 101 delivered by Aboriginal Insights will run for 2 hours over 8 modules. You are given your own log in codes to access the sessions. It's on-demand so you can watch the clips for the whole month of November. The four sessions delivered by Hue are facilitated in real time. The schedule is below:


Group 1
Session: Understanding Race & Racism 101
Time: Dec 8, 2022 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM AEST
Session: POC: Power & Resilience
Time: Jan 12, 2022 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM AEST
Session: Deconstructing Whiteness
Time: Feb 9, 2022 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM AEST
Session: Navigating Whiteness in the Workplace
Time: March 9, 2022 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM AEST


Group 2
Session: Understanding Race & Racism 101
Time: Dec 13, 2022 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM AEST
Session: POC: Power & Resilience
Time: Jan 17, 2022 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM AEST
Session: Deconstructing Whiteness
Time: Feb 14, 2022 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM AEST
Session: Navigating Whiteness in the Workplace
Time: March 14, 2022 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM AEST

Can my employer sponsor me?Yes they absolutely can. We can share a form letter with you to submit to your employer. Just email us at wocmentorwoc@womenofcolour.org.au to receive your copy.

WoCMentorWoC Program is made possible with the support of Bank Australia through its Impact Fund program.

We exist to champion Australia’s Women of Colour through program of educations, community support initiatives, and advocacy work.

ORIGIN OF THE PHRASE "WOMEN OF COLOR"

"Women of Color is not a biological designation. It is a solidarity definition. A commitment to work in collaboration with other oppressed women of color who have been minoritized. It is a term that has a lot of power." Loretta Ross

WOMEN DEFINITION

Women - Transgender and cisgender, all those who experience or have experienced oppression as women, including non-binary and gender non-conforming people and all those who identify as women. Self-definition is at the discretion of the individual.
Definition credit: wire.org.au

ALLY DEFINITION

A - always centre the impacted
L - listen and learn from those who live in oppression
L - leverage your privilege
Y - yield the floor
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We acknowledge the Wallumattagal clan of the Darug nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which Women of Colour Australia is situated. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge and honour the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with whom we stand in solidarity. We acknowledge that as settlers on this stolen Aboriginal land, we are beneficiaries of the dispossession, genocide, and ongoing colonial violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We believe that it is our collective responsibility to help dismantle the structural inequities and systemic barriers oppressing the original inhabitants of this land. We are also painfully aware that the land was taken forcibly, without a Treaty or reparations made. We have taken a practical step towards honouring sovereignty by paying the rent – and we invite you to do so too. This land is and always will be Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.

ACKNOWLEGMENT OF COUNTRY

We acknowledge the Wallumattagal clan of the Darug nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which Women of Colour Australia is situated. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge and honour the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with whom we stand in solidarity. We acknowledge that as settlers on this stolen Aboriginal land, we are beneficiaries of the dispossession, genocide, and ongoing colonial violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We believe that it is our collective responsibility and moral imperative to help dismantle the systemic barriers and structural inequities oppressing the original inhabitants of this land. We are also painfully aware that this land was taken forcibly, without a Treaty or reparations made. We have taken a practical step towards honouring sovereignty by paying the rent – and we invite you to do so too. This land is and always will be Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.

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