WiBF Mentoring Program

The key objective is to support the professional development of these women and the retention of their skills within the industry.

The WiBF Mentoring Program is a flagship program in WiBF’s offering and has been running annually since 2007. The program aims to support the meaningful development of gender-balanced leadership in the Australian banking and finance sector. Much more than just mentoring, the program provides participants with an incredibly rich curriculum that includes psychometric and personal strengths identification tools, leadership development workshops and relevant education on diversity and inclusion.

Expressions of interest for the 2020 Mentoring Program are open now. Applications for 2020 close on Friday 13 March 2020.

This program will run in 2020 in SYDNEY, MELBOURNE and BRISBANE and now is the time to talk with us about getting involved. For further information and 2020 dates in each location, download either the Mentor Information or Mentee Information pack here.


Mentoring Program at a Glance

The program facilitates a mentoring relationship between professional women in middle to senior management, with more experienced individuals in the industry (both men and women) who have a passion and genuine interest in mentoring.

Over the course of 5 months, mentees and mentors participate in relevant workshops and networking events, as well as a number of one-to-one mentoring sessions. Participants are matched according to their level of seniority, area of expertise, personality and learning styles.

The skillful pairing process has given the program a unique reputation for achieving consistent successful outcomes for both mentees and mentors. Each year the diversity, level of experience and calibre of the people involved ensures a matching of the highest quality.


What Alumni have said

This is different to internal mentoring programs I have been involved in as there is no risk opening up to my mentor. She has provided great advice and tips, particularly around ‘how to network without networking!’ The frameworks provided through the workshops have been a fantastic foundation for my mentoring sessions.”


What Alumni have said

My mentor is very enthusiastic! We are both direct and open and we established this up front. We have worked a lot on leadership qualities and managing people. He has shared lots of gems of wisdom on how to manage people effectively. He has risen to his role because he is a great people leader not just because of his technical brilliance”


What Alumni have said

My mentor is brilliant and has provided invaluable advice at a crucial moment in my career. He is helping me reframe some of my conversations with key stakeholders to make them less emotional, less personal and position my arguments in the light of the firm’s overall strategy. This is a very valuable learning that will potentially allow a shift in my career”


What Alumni have said

I am absolutely loving the program. My mentor and I have been very well matched and he is providing a very different perspective. Specifically, he is helping me deal with some frequent feedback I receive about being too direct or aggressive. His advice is proving to be very valuable”


What Alumni have said

A useful program, which forces participants to take the time to focus on their careers and life priorities. It was really great to focus on leadership strengths through positive reinforcement as all too often in performance review and promotions we are backward focused”


Mentoring Program Director

WiBF has partnered with Serendis, who play an instrumental role in facilitating and managing the program. Serendis is a leadership consultancy,specialised and experienced in the coaching and professional development of leaders from the finance industry.

The Director and Facilitator of the WiBF Mentoring Program is Maud Lindley.

Maud’s background as an investment banker makes her a pragmatic coach, with a focus on adding value and achieving results. She mixes this rational approach with sensitivity and empathy, and has a strong intuitive sense onpeople, and what is going to take them to the next level of performance.

Maud held senior management positions in capital markets (UBS London) and holds a Masters in Finance and international accreditations in Executive Coaching and Positive Psychology. She has been coaching at Director and Managing Director level for over a decade.

How to Apply

For Corporate Members seeking to register mentoring pairs from your organisation – please email the WiBF office to confirm your participants.

For Individuals seeking to register as a mentor or mentee in the WiBF Mentoring Program – please email the WiBF office to express interest.

Please note that participants will be invoiced at a cost of $5,500 plus GST upon acceptance of their registration.