Celia.jpg Mentors include the Regional Minister for Employment and Women of Comunidad de Madrid, Juan José Güemes, and the Dean of IE.
Madrid, 4 October 2006. IE Business School brought together 60 mentors and mentees at one of the first activities of the IE Mentor Programme. The event was part of the LiderA programme run by Comunidad de Madrid and involved the collaboration of the Washington Quality Group. The programme has come about thanks to the close collaboration between IE’s Centre for Diversity and IE Women in Business, which coordinates a significant group of female alumni from IE Business School who wish to offer their support to the new generations of IE students and ensure the future existence of the programme.
The IE Mentor programme provides a link between prestigious professionals and recipients of LiderA programme scholarships, young women with high potential from the Madrid region who are currently following different programmes at IE Business School. The initiative arose because young professionals often feel that education and experience are not enough to help them grow in the higher echelons of business management. Women find it particularly difficult to balance their private and professional lives, and need support which, from experience, reinforces their capacity for decision and professional focus.
The Regional Minister for Employment and Women of Comunidad de Madrid, Juan José Güemes, and the Director of the General Department of Women of Comunidad de Madrid, Patricia Flores, took part in the workshop that brought together the recipients of LiderA scholarships and approximately 30 prestigious professionals who are to become their mentors during the 2006-2007 academic year.
The event also involved various executives from leading firms who took part in the programme as executive mentors. They included Isabel Linares Liébana, President of Fundación Sanitas, which also supplied three of its top level executives; Carmen García de Andrés, the partner responsible for the Women’s Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers España, who was accompanied by several of the company’s partners; and several executives supplied by IBM for participation in this project as mentors, including Dominga Jorgegrac Santísima Trinidad, Technical Sales Director of SPGIT, IBM.
According to Celia de Anca, Director of the Centre for Diversity at IE, “the mentors’ role consists of providing professional guidance during the mentees’ year of study to improve the focus of their executive career after graduation. A good mentor can have a fundamental, lasting effect on the development of a professional career.”
Mentors from the IE Community include Juan Miguel Antoñanzas, Senior Advisor, H. Neumann, Alstom and Honorary President of the IE Business School Advisory Board, and the Dean of IE Business School, Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño. They are joined by outstanding IE alumni, such as Mariona Roger, General Secretary of ONO, and a number of IE professors, including Carmen Abril Barrie, Vice-President of Marketing for Spain and Greece at PepsiCo.
The IE Mentor Programme has been created to last and each year, new mentors and mentees will extend the support offered to future young professionals that form part of the IE community.


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