Mentoring Lessons Learned from a Vital Voices Autumn Gathering at the Bank of America offices in London
November 2019 – On a crisp morning in March 2019, invigorated by a sensational panel discussion between retail legend Marty Wikstrom and British Fashion Council Chair Stephanie Phair, 200 mentors and mentees walked through the cobbled streets and blossom-smattered trees of London. These pairs were participating in the Global Mentoring Walks – events that happen every year to connect women leaders around the world through mentorship. In 2019, a historic 174 Global Mentoring Walks took place in 62 countries, reaching over 15,000 women. Motivated by the Vital Voices mission statement of ‘Invest in Women, Improve the World’, mentors and mentees shared ambitions, insight and experiences.
In autumn 2019, Vital Voices’ Europe Council was searching for an opportunity to follow up with mentors and mentees from the London Mentoring Walk. So we created a bespoke event, thanks to the support of Bank of America, to take stock of our 2019 achievements, set our mission statement for 2020 and host a panel discussion with thought leaders around mentorship.
On October 10th, the Vital Voices Europe Council hosted its seminal Vital Voices Autumn Gathering at the Bank of America offices in the City of London. With five inspiring speakers including Vital Voices (VV) Board Members Jennifer Taylor and Sagra Maceira de Rosen and VV GROW Fellow Genevieve M. Musey, VV Europe opened its doors to previous Europe Mentoring Walk attendees, Bank of America employees, and those who had heard about the incredible energy at Vital Voices events and wanted to learn more.
Welcoming our guests, VV Board Member Sagra Maceira de Rosen highlighted Vital Voices’ key achievements and outcomes in 2019, before announcing plans for new future walks in Amsterdam, Oslo, Copenhagen, Zurich, Athens, Milan, Paris, Dublin and Glasgow.
Moderated by VV Board Member and Bank of America Executive Jennifer Taylor, we the event included a panel composed of Cheryl Boucher (BofA Global Head of GCIB Credit), Norah Casey (Broadcaster, Publisher), and Genevieve M Musey (VV GROW Ambassador).
The key three takeaways from the organic, engaging discussion were:
I would love for anyone else who attended this event to get in touch so we could share ideas and any resounding thoughts we took away from the event.