Global Mentoring Network for Aspiring Leaders

A unique 12-month mentoring program designed for educators, the Global Mentoring Network for Aspiring Leaders represents an unparalleled opportunity to explore your life and career objectives and plan your future.

“Having a mentor has made such a difference to me, it’s added impetus…It has made me more reflective, more outward looking.” —Former Program Participant

The Global Mentoring Network for Aspiring Leaders, offered in partnership with the Girls’ Schools Association in the UK, the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools in North America, and Bright Field Consulting, builds upon a proven mentorship model developed in the UK. Almost100 women and men have taken part in the program since 2017, 40 per cent of whom have achieved the leadership promotions they desired as a result of their participation.

The 12 month program is offered virtually although some components may have an in-person option.

Program Components

Personalised, one-on-one feedback about individual style and strengths using the Insights Discovery psychometric questionnaire.

Four confidential meetings with a dedicated mentor. Mentors are not educators but rather successful leaders who have enjoyed high-profile careers in a diverse range of organisations, including Microsoft, REI, Santander Bank, Barclays Bank, and a number of public sector bodies. View mentor profiles

A community project in which mentees from different countries will be partnered with one another. The aims of the project are for mentees to (1) work together to solve a problem of the sort which heads of school or principals regularly encounter, and (2) consider how to implement the project in a context with which they are unfamiliar. Past topics have included an exploration of perfectionism in girls’ schools; a study of reading as an alternative to social media; and research into student mental health in contrasting schools. View examples of Community Projects

Participation in the International Coalition of Girls Schools Conference (optional), June 26-28, 2023, in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. (Mentees will receive a steeply discounted registration rate.)

Participants will also have access to a private LinkedIn group to network and communicate and will receive an e-copy of The Magic in the Space Between: How a Unique Mentoring Programme is Transforming Women’s Leadership. Click here to download the first chapter.

Time Commitment

The time commitment for each mentee for the full program is approximately 2-3 days for each mentoring session (assuming a day of preparation/follow up time) and 8-10 days total for the community project. Please note: the program spans 12 months and meetings will occur via Zoom or an equivalent platform.

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The mentoring network is open to women and men from educator or administrative roles in member schools who are interested in school leadership (for example, head of school/principal or senior administrator) within the next 5–7 years. Interested applicants can self-nominate or be nominated by their current principal.

Nominations for 2022 close on 30 May. Nominate Now 

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Ian Wigston, Co-founder of Bright Field Consulting.

Program Fee

  • AUD1150 per participant

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Ian Wigston (e: [email protected]), Co-founder of Bright Field Consulting

“The mentoring program for me was enlightening and life changing. The program made me feel valued, supported, worthy, and listened to. At a time of huge self-doubt and confusion and frustration, it provided a forum for self-evaluation and spurred me on to make small positive changes that brought subsequently huge positive momentum. I owe the program so much and will be always indebted to how it helped change my life for me professionally, but also personally, as the changes have improved the quality of life with my children, too.” —Former Program Participant