Mentoring Program

The Franklin Women Mentoring Program is a sector-first cross-organisational and structured 6-month program that combines informal mentoring sessions with formal sessions facilitated by experts in inclusive leadership.

It aims to support high-potential women in health and medical research careers progress into leadership positions, retaining their skill in the sector. It also provides current leaders the opportunity to develop their mentorship skills as well as increasing their awareness of the value of a diverse and inclusive workplace and the role they play in achieving this.

“The program is excellent and there are significant benefits for both mentor ad mentee in terms of considering leadership and career development.”

Previous Mentor

“The Franklin Women Mentoring Program has been the most rewarding and productive activity I have undertaken in a long time.
It has opened my horizon to a whole new range of possibilities and given me tools to take back to my roles to have a positive engagement with others.”

Previous Mentee

“An excellent program. I acquired lifelong skills. A wonderful confidence booster. The tools and frameworks have been useful particularly having a structured program with regular “workshops” to reflect/regroup.”

Previous Mentee

Demonstrating Impact

Since its inaugural year in 2017, the Franklin Women Mentoring Program has connected more than 300 mentees, and mentors from over 20 different organisations, across the health and medical research ecosystem.

A formal impact evaluation of the program published in 2021 highlighted the tangible benefits that participation has on mentees, mentors and their organisations.

Franklin Women is proud to deliver an initiative that is having such a positive impact, not only on individuals but also the wider culture of the health and medical research sector.

What sets us apart?

Professionally Facilitated

We believe that women in health and medical research careers deserve the same high-quality professional programs that are available to women in other sectors. Our Mentoring Program is delivered in collaboration with leadership consultants Serendis, who are experts in developing women for leadership roles.

Connecting Across Organisations

Our Mentoring Program connects mid-career women with leaders from different organisations and roles, through a highly-detailed matching process. In 2020, we were proud to welcome 13 Participating Organisations from across the sector.

Professional Development

Franklin Women is committed to providing women in the health and medical research sector with professional skills outside of the technical sciences. Our Mentoring Program includes facilitated events and workshops for both mentees and mentors over a 5-month period. These events will provide training in resilience, inclusive leadership and mentoring.  

How to participate

In 2022 we will be delivering the Franklin Women Mentoring Program in both Sydney and Canberra.

Refer to the 2022 Program Flyer for key dates in each location.

Our Program is unique in that organisations in the sector sign-up to participate and then nominate staff/students who will take part, as mentees and mentors. We also sponsor a mentee place for women who are not from a Participating Organisation.

More details for organisations or individuals interested in participating in the 2022 Program can be found by clicking the buttons below.

Eligibility Criteria

The Franklin Women Mentoring Program is targeted to mid-career women who are interested in, or have the potential to, assume leadership roles in our sector. This specific career stage has been chosen based on evidence that it is when the proportion of women working within the health and medical research sector declines relatively to men. We welcome mentors of any gender into our program which is critical in engaging all leaders in the importance of mentoring and inclusive leadership.

The mentee and mentor participation criteria are outlined below:

MENTEES

A woman whose work contributes to improving health outcomes. This can be in academic or non-academic capacity and in any discipline (e.g. laboratory, public health, clinical research, health technology, medical engineering etc).
A minimum of 8–10 years professional experience (not limited to professional experience post-PhD acknowledging many individuals commence post-graduate study after working in the sector). This typically equates to University C (or research scale equivalent).

Has the capacity, availability and commitment to work with a mentor for the entirety of the program, as outlined here.

MENTORS

An individual who has demonstrated significant experience in the sector at a leadership level, either in a research, academic or executive capacity.

A minimum of 15 years professional experience and currently in a leadership role (in research or other role in the sector).

Has the capacity, availability and commitment to work with a mentee for the entirety of the program, as outlined here.

Previous Participating Organisations

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