Achieving success in our careers doesn't just happen. Having a strong network and access to advice is profoundly important in the career progression of women.
As entrepreneurs and businesswomen, we know that finding wise people to guide and mentor you isn’t easy. We started Mentor Walks to make finding support and networks as accessible and easy as possible.
As proud advocates for women in the workplace, we also know the research; that mentoring is integral to career success, that walking and talking comes easily to most women, and that exercising outside helps us think creatively and clearly about our careers.
After attending Mentor Walks in China - led by the marvellous Michelle Garnaut AO - our co-founders were inspired to bring the Mentor Walks magic to Australia, and then New Zealand and Singapore in 2022.
In the past 6 years, over 5,500 mentees and 390 mentors have walked and talked together every month and helped each other step their careers forward.
MAKING MENTORING ACCESSIBLE TO WOMEN EVERYWHERE
Bobbi is the Chair of globally awarded content and communications agency, Mahlab, a company she founded in 1997. She is passionate about media, business, entrepreneurship, diversity and equality. Bobbi is an experienced board member. In 2015 she was selected to participate in EY's Entrepreneurial Winning women program. She is also a judge of the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards. In 2020 she was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant contribution to women, publishing and philanthropy.
Director of Product at STM Brands, a global company founded in 1998 with her business partner, making distinctive digital accessories designed to protect everyday essential devices. Adina was a member of the 2012 Australian delegation to the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit in Mexico City, is an Alumna of the 2016 EY Asia-Pacific Entrepreneurial Winning Women program, she’s one of the Rare Birds: Australia’s 50 Influential Women Entrepreneurs, and an active member of both the Entrepreneurs Association (EO) and YPO.
Tina has spent the last decade heading up digital transformation and disruption teams and accelerators, here and in the UK. Strategically guiding large corporates, start and scale ups, and key brands to create, build and sustainably operate audience first led experiences. While doing this, Tina ran Mentor Walks Melbourne walk as a side hustle, consulted on their growth and new products and then in 2022 up into the role of General Manager .
Tina is focused on driving Mentor Walks scale, so that any women in any community has somewhere to go for impactful career support.
Partnerships Manager at Mentor Walks, Joni manages the relationships of our Corporate Partners as well as identifies new partnership opportunities with organisations that align with our values and ethics. Joni’s goal is to help expand the Mentor Walks program globally by partnering with organisations that believe in the power of women helping women and in our mission; to make mentoring more accessible to women everywhere.
Passionate about feminist leadership and gender equity, Joni is a big believer that when women support each other incredible things happen.
Sophie thrives on empowering people, especially women, to achieve their goals and find fulfilment at all stages of their work/life journey. Her strengths of honesty, kindness, and curiosity shine through in all she does.
Being Operations Manager at Mentor Walks fulfils Sophie’s desire to enable all women to have access to experienced career women for advice, clarity, connection and community. Sophie ensures all Mentor Walks events exceed expectations for all who attend. As a passionate advocate for online experiences and flexible work, Sophie believes in equity of access for all.
Content Marketer at Mentor Walks, Tess’s professional life is shaped by a desire to drive gender equality and build an inclusive society. Her passion and experience saw her lead the social media arm of the Teach Us Consent campaign, pulling mandatory consent education for Australian students over the line in March 2022.
She is currently completing her Bachelor of Communications (Social and Political Science) at UTS and is most energised and inspired when surrounded with powerhouse women.
Led by two powerhouse women, we are here to empower women to get the career guidance they need to succeed.
We’re focused on ensuring that women who walk with us feel a direct, tangible impact from their experience. Each year we survey our community to measure the real power of our mentoring programme. See the difference we’re making in our Impact Reports below.
2021 IMPACT REPORT: Mentor Walks continues to have a tangible impact on career progression and building networks for aspiring women. Read the full report here.
2020 IMPACT REPORT: Mentor Walks is having a direct and measurable impact on employment opportunities.
Local senior mentors who are passionate about supporting women, have strong professional networks within local communities, and are the face of Mentor Walks in their region.
OUR LOCAL LEADERS
OUR COMMUNITY COORDINATORS
Amanda is a marketing and communications professional who has recently made the transition into the legal field as she is soon to complete her masters in law (Juris Doctor). Amanda has experience in implementing effective processes and improving communication utilising a range of digital platforms. She loves creating connections with others and has a strong interest in legal policies, advocacy and working towards a fairer society.
Jess has a long standing passion for bringing people together and enhancing community spirit.
From her days volunteer coaching Saturday netball, to student advocacy, to her contribution to the design of new women’s refuges, Jess has been a strong advocate for women and girls throughout her life and has recently completed a masters in law (juris doctor).
Chantelle is a talent and culture professional with a passion for seeing individuals grow, develop and exceed their goals.
Chantelle has almost two decades of experience within the hospitality and hotel industry focussing on developing talented individuals, especially strong female leaders within the industry.
Having had the benefit of working alongside strong leaders at Oscar's Hotels, and coming from a background in education, Chantelle is an advocate for all women having access to a mentor to share knowledge, inspire and support them throughout their career journey.
Tayla is a business transformation and strategy consultant with experience in retail, government and not for profit sectors. She has a passion for diversity and inclusion in the workforce and is an avid supporter of female mentorship. Tayla believes in championing opportunities for women to build professional connections that can have a positive impact on their career. She enjoys meeting new people and learning from the diverse experiences of others. She is a firm believer in bringing an open mind, curiosity and compassion into all interactions.
Ati is a science communicator and brand alchemist for technology startups. She has spent a decade telling stories about innovative technologies in renewable energy, green ports, and safe construction practices across Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Australia.
Having worked in male-dominated industries, Ati is actively working to increase women participation in tech and startups and empowering all women to gain and achieve financial independence.
Elle is a digital marketer with almost a decade's worth of experience building integrated marketing strategies and campaigns for enterprises, startups and education brands. She moved from Sydney to Adelaide in 2018 to support the growth of female-led brewpub Sparkke, and now leads a team of digital marketing experts at The University of South Australia. As a newly converted South Australian, Elle is passionate about not only keeping talented aspiring women in SA, but also helping to build their local professional networks and, most importantly, their career confidence.
Joey is a communications and marketing professional from an integrated marketing agency. She oversees multiple marketing initiatives across various sectors in the APAC region such as technology, healthcare, government, and more. Joey enjoys diving into new projects with an open mind, embracing the unfamiliar and connecting with new people. She’s also an advocate for gender equality and with Mentor Walks, she hopes to provide women with opportunities to be empowered to take big leaps in their careers and personal lives.
Mim heads up Mim Bartlett Consulting where she leads a team focused on maximising strong authentic leadership and wellbeing. She is a qualified lawyer, psychotherapist, a sought-after coach, facilitator, human rights champion and gender equality advocate.
Mim joined MW to support and empower women to reach their potential across their life and to create a supportive and caring community of women all lifting each other up.
Nadine is an accomplished senior workplace director with 20+ years of experience. Her expertise is in driving change and performance, and in large scale structural adjustments.
Nadine is also an experienced Company Director and Deputy Chair in both public companies and not for profit organisations. She is professionally qualified as Company Director with the AICD. Nadine holds qualifications in business, a law degree with honours and a PhD covering organisational change and workplace relations.
Alison is an experienced senior executive with extensive background in all aspects of corporate affairs, general management, legal and regulatory compliance, finance, marketing and international business operations. She is passionate about improving diversity and building opportunities for women through mentoring and leads Mentor Walks in Perth.
Welcoming every opportunity to enjoy outdoor conversations about careers, diversity and life balance during walks along the beautiful Swan River, Alison is an enthusiastic promoter of the benefits of Mentor Walks for mentors as well as mentees.
Renee joined the Wollongong City Council in 2021 as the Manager Organisational Development.
Renee joined her local Council in pursuit of supporting her local community, through the
development of the human resources function to further enable internal support in building an
extraordinary Wollongong. Renee is an advocate for the Wollongong region and female progression in the workplace. Renee is passionate about supporting her local community and is the leader for Mentor Walks in the Wollongong region and is inspired by advancing career support for females through mentoring and networking in our local community.
Rebecca has over 20 years experience in leadership and company director roles across Australia, New Zealand, Middle East and APAC regions.
Rebecca is passionate about helping women create a rewarding career pathway and further developing their self-belief.
Rebecca joined Mentor Walks as an opportunity to support talented women who are striving for a fulfilling and rewarding career.
Kanani describes herself as determined, optimistic and curious. She's known as a gregarious working mother whose built a long standing and successful career in the automotive industry.
She lives by the words; have courage and be kind, and is passionate about history, traditions and storytelling.
Caroline is currently the Executive GM of Commercial at Hydro Tasmania. She leads the wholesale electricity and gas, C&I sales and Emerging Technologies teams. Caroline has over 25 years’ experience across the Australian Energy market, starting her career as a settlements analyst after completing her Bachelor of Applied Science in mathematics.
Caroline has deep experience in cultural change, problem solving, wholesale markets and risk, start-up companies, renewable technology and product development.
Belinda is the Vice President of APJ Marketing at Veeam Software and a proud Executive Sponsor of their 'Women in Green' and ‘Mentor Labs’ programs.
Passionate about leadership and advocating for equality, she is a true believer in the power of women supporting women.
Belinda joined Mentor Walks Singapore after a positive experience in Australia, to connect and empower women in Singapore in their career development.