Humaira Ahmed posted an articleThis Tech CEO Launched a Mentorship Program to Help Women Recover from the Career-Crushing Impact of the PandemicThis startup used its tech to help women recover from the economic impact of the pandemic. see more
When Humaira Ahmed, the Founder & CEO of Locelle Digital, a networking and mentorship platform for women, began hearing from her app members about the struggles they were facing as a result of the pandemic, she got curious about the impact it was having on women in particular. When she encountered the startling findings of McKinsey Global Institute’s regressive effects of COVID-19 on gender equality, as the leader of a social impact startup, she knew she had to move fast. She sent out a survey to explore the type of support her members needed during this time. The survey results revealed that 85% of women using the Locelle app wanted mentorship and 30% wanted to be mentors. Ahmed and her team quickly developed a mentorship program unlike any other.
"With a focus on action rather than conversation, we wanted to develop something concrete to help women recover from the economic impact of the pandemic. We started with matching technology to curate connections for mentees that aligned with their career goals. Then we measured the impact in quarterly reports to provide a tangible way for our mentees to see how mentorship has influenced their professional development and growth,” says Ahmed.
Locelle’s new mentorship program, Mentor Moments, is a fully-managed, 1:1 mentorship program designed to empower women in the workplace with tailored guidance aligned with their individual career goals and vision. What makes this different from most mentorship programs is the emphasis the Locelle team puts on professional development and career advancement. The team is dedicated to making space for mentees and mentors to get the most out of this relationship by taking the heavy-lifting off their hands in these 4 ways:
Locelle does mentorship a little differently. With the Mentor Moments program, mentees have access to a team of world-class leaders who they can rely on based on their individual career goals and needs. Locelle’s community of mentors include industry leaders like:
Manpreet Dhillon, CEO & Founder of Veza Global, who recently launched a free online resource for Canada’s technology industry that provides access to best-in-class Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) resources and tools.
Stephanie Redivo, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Program Lead, Translink, who is an active member and speaker in the global women in tech community. She regularly inspires employees to be their best selves and do their best work through inclusive behaviour.
Hurriya Burney, Vice President at RBC, Commercial Banking, who is dedicated to helping new immigrants, minorities, and ambitious women build confidence in the Canadian workplace.
Nataizya Mukwavi, Founding Executive Director of Black Women Connect Vancouver, who has created a collective of women who leverage their strengths, embrace their diverse experiences, build meaningful relationships, and celebrate Black excellence in B.C.
“My mentor really helped bring more clarity to the direction I want to go. Her approach was just what I needed to carve out an initial path to my purpose. I’m so glad I took a chance on being a part of this program and look forward to more sessions,” says one mentee, a Sales & Marketing Manager at a tech company.
You’re invited to The Power of Mentorship Panel & Info Session on Thursday, October 1 at 12pm PDT. This FREE virtual event is ideal for professional women who want to find a mentor, and who are interested in exploring ways the Mentor Moments program can help them advance in their careers. Attendees will hear from a panel of mentees and mentors who will share their mentorship stories, along with tips on how to get the most out of this program. Reserve your spot for this event before Oct. 1.
About Locelle Digital, Inc.
Locelle (pronounced Lok-elle) is a global platform created to connect, empower and advance women. Through mentorship and career development opportunities, Locelle delivers professional growth to individual professionals and teams. Locelle’s private networking and fully-managed mentorship program is powered by matching technology. Becoming a member gives women in the workplace the chance to instantly start growing their communities, take steps toward advancing their careers, and begin making meaningful connections with like-minded women and industry leaders – all on one platform! The Mentor Moments program manages all the heavy-lifting of scheduling, feedback, matching and impact reporting, that way professional women can pour all their focus into their career development goals. Locelle is excited to announce that it was recently selected to be part of the 4.0 Cohort of the Women in Cloud (WIC) Microsoft Cloud Accelerator.
For more information, contact Humaira Ahmed, Founder & CEO
T: 250.514.8182 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website URL: Locelle Digital Inc.
Tessa Bousfield posted an articleRun by licensed clinicians with practical expertise in the field of psychology, including... see more
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VIATEC posted an articleAn employer-driven, cost-sharing program that helps employers invest in training see more
Canada-B.C. Job Grant:
The Canada-B.C. Job Grant is an employer-driven, cost-sharing program that helps employers invest in training for their current or future employees. The Grant assists eligible employers to offset the cost of training, with the employer contributing one-third of the cost of training.
Canada-B.C. Job Grant Funds
The CJG program targets training investments to following streams:
The Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) program has allocated up to $500,000 to a CJG New Canadian Fund. The Fund is open to applications from eligible organizations and employers to train refugees, protected persons entitled to work in Canada, and new immigrants (arrived in Canada within the last five years) for new or existing jobs. For information, application instructions, and application forms, please check here.
The Refugee Fund has made $1 million available to applications from industry/sector and employer associations wanting to work with employers to deliver job readiness, job match and job specific skills training to refugees arriving in B.C. Employers must contribute one-third of the cost of job specific training, with government covering the other two-thirds. For information, application instructions, and application forms, please check here.
The CJG is open to applications from BC Jobs Plan Priority Sectors, with targeted funding of up to $3million. For information, application instructions and application forms, please check here.
- On January 18, 2016, BC announced the #BCTech Strategy 2016. $500,000 has been allocated to the CJG program to assist employers in the Technology Sector to provide training to new and existing staff. For additional information, application instructions, and application forms, pleasecheck here.
- On January 14, 2016, BC announced an additional $250,000 will be dedicated to supporting training of existing employees and new hires in the contract logging industry. For information, application instructions and application forms, please check here.
All training MUST start on or before March 31, 2016.
What is the Canada-B.C. Job Grant?
The CJG goal is to increase participation of British Columbians in the labour force and help them to develop the skills necessary to find and keep a job.
The Canada-B.C. Job Grant is an employer-driven, cost-sharing program that can help employers invest in training for their current or future employees. The Grant assists eligible employers to offset the cost of training, with the employer contributing one-third of the cost of training.
The maximum government contribution is $10,000 for each employee trained. Employers can apply directly or an Eligible Organization can act on behalf of employers.
How can the CJG help me?
The Canada-B.C. Job Grant will provide direct financial support to employers who wish to purchase training for their current or future employees. An employer is required to contribute at least one third of the training costs, with the remaining two thirds, up to $10,000 per participant, coming from the CJG. The employer must have a job for the participant at the end of training. Eligible training costs include: tuition fees; mandatory student fees; textbooks, software and other required materials; and examination fees.
How do I apply?
Employers or organizations interested in applying for a Canada-B.C. Job Grant should review the CJG Fact Sheet, CJG Checklist, CJG FAQ, and CJG Criteria before submitting an application. Further information about eligibility, application instructions and forms are found under each funding stream webpage (see above).
Delivery Partner Program
The B.C. government has engaged organizations to act as Delivery Partners to maximize the benefits of the Canada-B.C. Job Grant program for employers, particularly small business employers, as well as current and future employees. Information on the Delivery Partner Program can be found here.