Franklin Women Mentoring Program


After a successful inaugural year in 2017, Franklin Women are excited to run their Mentoring Program again in 2018.  

The Franklin Women Mentoring Program is a cross-organisational and structured 6-month program. It aims to support high-potential women in health and medical research careers progress into leadership positions, retaining their skill in the sector. It has a number of qualities that set it apart from anything else offered in the sector. These are:

  • Professionally facilitated – We believe women in health and medical research 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 female leaders.
  • Connecting across organisations – Our Mentoring Program connects female mentees with male and female mentors, from different research organisations and varied roles, through a highly detailed matching process. In 2018 we are proud to welcome 16 Participating Organisations from across the sector (refer to below).
  • 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.  
    The full Program Schedule can be found here

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Please enjoy this video from the 2017 launch event hosted by the University of Technology Sydney and pictures from the Finale event at the Commonwealth Bank Innovation Labs.






We will begin the intake process for the 2019 Program in November 2018. To register your interest to receive a Terms of Participation pack contact the FW Team on

Our Mentoring Program welcomes organisations who carry out any form of research that contributes to improving health, such as University Science, Medicine and Health faculties, Medical Research Institutes, Not-for-Profit organisations and Industry.

Participation involves putting forward mentees (female researchers) and mentors (female and male senior leaders) who will matched from within the overall participating cohort.

In its inaugural year in 2017, the mentoring program connected mentees and mentors from 12 which has grown to 16 organisations in 2018 (refer to below). In addition Franklin Women sponsors one mentee place for eligible members who are not from of the cohort of Participating Organisations.


2018 Participating Organisations


This year our Mentoring Program has brought together 74 mentees and mentors from 16 leading organisations across the health and medical research sector.


Franklin Women is proud to deliver an initiative that is having such a positive impact on the careers of the mentees, but also the mentors who are learning new skills on inclusion and leadership that they are bringing back to their respective teams and organisations.

Thank you to all participants for dedicating time and resources to the future leaders of our sector.


2017 Feedback


  • "The Franklin Women Mentoring Program has been the most rewarding and productive activity I have undertaken in a long time. I am grateful for being chosen for the investment that Sydney Uni has made, and hope it will reap rewards for the system as well. 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. My mentor has been so terrific and thoroughly generous with his time and availability"

    2017 Mentee
  • "I have enjoyed the program immensely. As a result of my participation, I now have clarity regarding my career direction, a deeper understanding of my strengths and how to use them to my benefit. I have used the opportunity to consider my current networks, take action to improve these networks, and develop strategies to influence people and outcomes with regards to the research I lead/intend on leading in the future."

    2017 Mentee
  • "I have done a lot of mentoring however the structured nature of this program takes it to another level where there is a sense of focus, momentum and achievement."

    2017 Mentor
  • "The program has made me reflect on the career pathways for women in this sector and how we can do things differently at an institute level to support them."

    2017 Mentor
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