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At Derek Bruce Associates we want to make a difference to society, and one of the areas we can influence is to support Black professionals in their careers. And by Black professionals, we mean people of African descent who have started their careers, and who are either first-jobbers, established in a career and /or entrepreneurs and business owners.
This is why we created the Extraordinary Mentors Network (EMN). Via the EMN, we want to build an effective and strong global network where Black professionals and their Mentors help each other succeed professionally and personally. Our focus is to provide access to the EMN either on a free or minimal investment basis, to give support to Black professionals in whichever stage they are at in their careers.
Our Mentors are from a variety of industries, backgrounds and they have all volunteered to give their time to support the EMN. This, coupled with our focus on matching the right Mentee with the right Mentor, gives us the confidence that we will support Black professionals in giving them a ‘step up’ in their careers.
What is Mentoring?
Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The Mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but they have a certain area of expertise which will help and support the mentee.
Within the EMN framework, mentoring is designed to help Mentees in their careers and provide access to a wider network.
Why is it free or minimal investment?
All of the Mentors are volunteering their time for free, and as a socially aware company, Derek Bruce Associates wants to ensure that access to them in based on the following;
1 – access to the EMN is free if the Mentee is not working
2 – access to the EMN includes a minimal investment if the Mentee is working, to cover administration, marketing and technology costs associated with the EMN.
How will it work?
The EMN runs two cohorts each year, one starting in April and one starting in September.
Mentees and Mentors will be engaged in a structured mentoring relationship that lasts for 3 months. During this time they met for at least two hours each month.
A matching event will match Mentees to Mentors. Mentees and Mentors will need to define a desired outcome for the mentoring. Once connected, Mentees and Mentors will also agree when and how your first meeting will take place.
And Derek Bruce Associates arrange check-in events with the EMN during each cohort. The aim is at the end of the mentoring relationship, Mentees desired outcomes have moved forward or been fully achieved and for Mentors, they have been able to share their experiences, expertise and networks.
How do I get involved?
As a Mentee express your interest below and we will contact you to find our more about you and how mentoring can help you. Do also highlight if you are interested in the April or September cohort.
As a Mentor, do also express your interest below. We are always looking for extraordinary Mentors.