Strong Women Network

Strong Women Network

The Strong Women Network is an exciting mentorship program which matches current women student-athletes with women from the University of Melbourne community who have been involved in high performance sport.

The Network enables women students-athletes to develop crucial leadership and vocational skills, contacts, and career pathway opportunities through mentoring.

The Strong Women Network will take place once again over 2021/22, commencing mid-way through Semester 2.

Important Information

The Strong Women Network will look a little different for 2021/2022.

Instead of focussing on networking events, our network will be more focussed on the mentor/mentee relationships with an online network that allows the entire group to connect and interact.

Mentors

Benefits of participating

  • Give back to the University community by helping shape the next generation of UoM Strong Women
  • Access up-and-coming women student-athletes for professional recruitment purposes
  • Share your legacy: Your experiences, professional expertise and lessons learned are too valuable to keep to yourself!
  • Elevate your resume: Mentorship speaks volumes of your positive character and willingness to invest in the development of your peers
  • Expand your Strong Women network with other mentors and mentees associated with the University of Melbourne

Register as a Mentor here.

Students

Benefits of participating

  • Career planning and professional development
  • Introduction to new professional networks
  • Increase your confidence in networking and your professional communication skills
  • Working through problems from a new perspective
  • Translating leadership skills as an athlete into your professional career
  • Practical advice that will help you find a job

Register as a Mentee here.

Eligibility

Mentors:

  • 3+ years professional career experience
  • Commit to meeting with a mentee once per month throughout the program. This can be in person, online or via phone
  • Previous/current involvement in high-performance sport as an athlete, coach, administrator.

Students:

  • 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students or currently enrolled in a postgraduate degree
  • Current involvement in high-performance sport
  • Commit to meeting with a mentor once per month throughout the program. This can be in person, online or via phone.
Screening and Matching Process

Due to the popularity of the Strong Women Network, student selection for this program is competitive.

When matching mentors and mentees, we consider areas of sport, study, professional experience, and interest areas of both individuals and try to match accordingly.

Selection of students and mentors to participate in the Strong Women Network is at the discretion of Melbourne University Sport.

To discuss the program further please contact the Sport Leadership Coordinator:

Larissa Payne
Acting Leadership Manager
larissa.payne@unimelb.edu.au

Rowena Williams
Strong Women Network Organiser
roie.williams@unimelb.edu.au