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Mentoring programme pairs women with top directors

A new mentoring programme linking women with senior directors of large company boards launched this week in a drive to boost the number of women in business leadership roles.

A new mentoring programme linking women with senior directors of large company boards launched this week in a drive to boost the number of women in business leadership roles.

Mentoring for Diversity was established by the Institute of Directors (IoD), and will see mentors – all senior directors and chairmen from NZX Top 100 company boards – teaching mentees the skills required to run a successful board.

The aim of the programme is to increase the number of females working in senior positions in large and successful companies.

Thirty applicants were chosen from a pool of more than 130 to enter the scheme.

Minister of women’s affairs, Hekia Parata, yesterday congratulated the IoD initiative.

“We need to work together to find ways to increase women’s participation so we don’t miss out on the economic benefits greater diversity and participation brings.’’

Applications for the 2012 programme, which will run throughout the year, have now closed.

A University of Waikato study recently found that NZX companies with more women on their boards saw better financial performance.