The University of Newcastle, Australia

Lucy Mentoring Program

Thursday, 5 March 2015

'Lucy' is an innovative program which aims to motivate and educate women studying business, commerce and law about the opportunities available for employment and leadership across the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

Lucy Mentoring Program

Over the past decade, there has been a significant upward trend in the attainment of a Bachelor or higher degree for women, and a substantial increase in female participation in the workplace. Despite this, female employees still experience an inequality of outcomes. Recent research published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, shows that women still earn less than men, and are less likely to advance to higher management positions than men. A still-present corporate culture that fails to support women leaders is one contributing factor. 

Mentoring programs have been recognised as a means to facilitate women's career development by providing insight and information into organisational cultures at senior management levels and fostering network relationships. This underpins the provision of the Lucy Mentoring Program by the Faculty of Business and Law. The innovative leadership program matches female Faculty of Business and Law student mentees with mentors working within the business and law professions. The Lucy Mentoring Program aims to inspire, motivate and educate women about the opportunities available for employment and leadership across the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. 

If you are interested in becoming involved in the Lucy Mentoring Program, please contact Sarah Tooth on 02 4913 8116, or email Sarah.Tooth@newcastle.edu.au


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