Mentoring Scheme


The 30% Club mentoring scheme, originally developed with the support of EY, offers cross-company, cross-sector mentoring to women at every layer of the career pyramid. It aims to complement other schemes in the marketplace, or within individual organisations, where cross-company mentoring is often only available to very senior women.

This is part of a series of 30% Club initiatives aimed at helping to develop a broader pipeline of women and ‘balance the pyramid’ at all levels. The feedback from both mentees and mentors reinforces our hope that the scheme can be beneficial for, ultimately, thousands of women and their companies. Mentees report on the liberating nature of a mentoring relationship outside their own company, feeling able to discuss issues without restrictions and appreciating the access to impartial advice. Mentors report that the experience has taught them more about the issues being faced by high-potential women – and has provided eye-opening insights into the issues likely being faced by women in their own organisation.

Here in the UK the programme is delivered by Women Ahead, a social impact organisation working to create an inclusive society in which individuals and organisations can be at their best.  The initiative has had tremendous success and we have been able to scale and grow the offering with circa 2700 mentors and mentees and 100+ organisations now taking part in the programme  – this scheme represents the power of mentoring at its best. Please see this short video on our UK programme:


30% Club mentoring schemes offer mentoring opportunities to high potential women. 

We currently run schemes in the GCC, Ireland, UK and US.

Each participating organisation defines the pivot point at which it sees a divergence between career paths of men and women, and invites key women in this ‘danger zone’ into the mentoring scheme. Mentors are seasoned professionals (both men and women) with substantial business experience who hold leadership roles within their organisation. Our recommendation is that mentors and mentees volunteer to take part in the programme and are then selected by their organisation based on internal criteria. It is critical that all mentors and mentees are committed to the scheme and are prepared to make the time to meet or speak with their selected mentor/mentee.

To find out specific timings for the chapter you wish to join, please contact the country Scheme Manager.

One-to-one mentoring meetings take place monthly or, at a minimum, every six weeks for an hour or two. The onus is on mentees to schedule and travel to meetings.

Virtual mentoring
In order to maintain momentum, we encourage virtual mentoring when it is not possible to attend meetings in person. 

How to join

To register interest for the 2020-2021 cohort or make further enquiries, please contact the country Scheme Manager. Please also navigate to the relevant country chapter pages for further participation details.


For individuals who are interested in becoming mentors, and who meet the above criteria, please contact the relevant country’s Scheme Manager listed above. We are particularly looking for mentors who would be keen to mentor our 30% Club Business Schools scholarship winners.