“What would you do if you were sure you wouldn’t fail?” Hannah S., a client success manager at Workplace, asks. “Mentorship is incredible because it gives you someone you can talk to about your career and the things you might feel worried about. A mentor is also a person to share your wins with, along with the positive things that happen in your day.”
Hannah founded the Women@ EMEA Mentorship Program with Uthra R., an analytics manager, in 2019. The group started with less than 30 members and now counts more than 600 participants, the largest scheme of its kind across Meta. Hannah, Uthra, and their small team of three volunteers thoughtfully match mentors with mentees and design programs that foster growth and professional community building at Meta.
“A mentor shines a light on a path they've already trodden,” Hannah explains. “It doesn't necessarily mean you're going to do the same thing they did, but you can learn from someone else’s unique experience and their mistakes. I truly believe in women empowering other women.”
Uthra adds, “Mentorship gives people an opportunity to make a big impact on someone else’s career. Being a mentor has been a meaningful way for me to give back to a community that has really inspired me over the years. I can proudly say that I now have friends from Johannesburg to Singapore—all strong relationships I built through the Women@ Mentorship Program. I wouldn't have naturally crossed paths with these women along my career journey, and I love how we’ve come together as a community.”
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This post, originally published on April 29, 2021, was updated on October 13, 2022, to reflect our shift to Meta and new details about team members, roles and responsibilities.