VIC Mentor Program Launch

The Young Water Professionals (Vic) hosted the sixth annual Mentor Program Launch Event on Thursday 9 March, at the MWH Global Office. Delegates arrived bright and early for a delicious breakfast before the proceedings started. 

The morning began with a warm welcome from the sponsors MWH Global and Barwon Water. Our keynote speaker for the morning was Letitia Hope from Arup. Letitia is a Transformation Leader and Associate Principal Management Consultant, with over fifteen years’ experience in the areas of well-being, leadership, change management, culture and workplace change. Letitia shared with the delegates her key tips on how to get the most out of their mentorship, and her seven rules for career development and having a positive impact. Through her entertaining anecdotes and high-energy presentation, the importance of genuine connection was highlighted as key to success in all aspects of her work and life. 

Following Letitia’s presentation, Jane La Nauze from MWH Global and Ali Rahimi from Aquametro joined Letitia for a Panel Discussion on mentoring. Jane’s experience as both a past mentor, past mentee and past YWP mentoring coordinator enabled her to share advice with the delegates from all perspectives. Ali was a mentee in the previous year’s program, and shared quite entertaining experiences from his mentorship. All three panellists answered questions from the delegates, covering topics such as how to best prepare for meetings, what to do if the mentorship is going off-course, and how to deal with the logistics of meeting up around work and personal commitments. 

By this stage, the delegates were all very excited to meet their prospective mentor or mentee! Upon arriving that morning, everyone had received an envelope which they were now asked to open. Contained inside was half a picture of a well-known mentor and mentee pair, which the delegates used to navigate their way around the room to find their partner. Once the Harry Potters had all found their Dumbledores, the pairs got to know each other by discussing why they signed up to the program and what they were looking to get out of it. They agreed to the frequency and location of their future meetings with the knowledge that the AWA is available to assist them on their mentoring journey. 

We would like to thank our sponsors for the event, Barwon Water and MWH Global who again generously provided the attendees with excellent hospitality. We would also like to thank Letitia Hope, Jane and Ali for sharing their time and experiences, and for helping with another successful Mentor Program launch.