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2019-08-27 | Beijing

The European Chamber Cross-Industry Mentorship Initiative

The European Chamber is proud to launch the inaugural phase of its Cross-industry Mentor Initiative (CIMI) and is now welcoming applications from potential mentees.

Programme overview

This new European Chamber initiative will partner senior managers in China with C-suite leaders of European business in China, who will help to impart the additional skills and knowledge required for them take the next step in their careers, from senior management to board-level positions. This will be a part-time course lasting approximately 6 months from October 2019 to March 2020. Many organisations have similar internal employee development programmes but they often fail to deliver due to an existing employee/employer relationship. The Chamber’s cross-company and industry initiative will remove these barriers and provide an unrestricted, impartial learning environment to facilitate personal growth for mentees while providing a fresh perspective to mentors.

The initial phase of the CIMI will focus on improving female representation at senior management and board level in China. We have chosen this as the focal point for the inaugural programme due to the lack of gender diversity among top leadership within the Chamber’s member companies. We believe this initiative can make an instant impact for those future female leaders involved whilst providing a platform for future diversity and inclusion and leadership development programmes.

What will the programme involve?

Following the selection process, each mentee will be paired one-on-one with a leading business figure from the European business community in China who will provide guidance and support, with at least five full hours dedicated to mentee development over the course of the six-month programme. This is a minimum requirement agreed by all of the mentors, and we expect more time committed in cases where there is a good mentor-mentee fit. In addition, a number of external, tailored training sessions will be provided for mentees based on skills that are essential for senior management, from PR and media to leadership development. The full course of external training programmes will be released at a later date.

The mentors

  • Joerg Wuttke, Chief Representative, BASF
  • Yang Xiaoping, CEO, BP
  • Charlotte Roule, CEO, ENGIE
  • Al Gabor, President, Merck
  • Denis Depoux, Head of Asia, Roland Berger
  • Sun Lijun, CMO, SAP
  • Rudolf Basson, CFO, Siemens
  • Pierre-Yves Bonnet, Chairman, Societe Generale
  • William Zhao, Chairman, Total

How to get involved

Applicants must be:

  • female;
  • aged 30–45;
  • an employee of a European Chamber member company; and
  • mid- to senior-level management looking to step up to director, vice president, business unit head or equivalent.

To apply, please submit the following information and responses to the below questions via e-mail to Shirley Luo

  • An up-to-date CV
  • A summary of your current job function (200 words or less)
  • What are your medium-term career aspirations and how can mentoring help to get you there? (350 words or less)
  • What do you have to offer a prospective mentor? (350 words or less)
  • Any other information you may wish to share (200 words or less)

The deadline for submissions is 18:00 Beijing time on 20th September 2019


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