Earlier this year Beaumont People launched a new and exciting complimentary mentorship program for charity leaders. LEAD NFP (Lead, Empower, Aspire and Develop) was designed to allow us to tangibly invest in and support the charity sector we recruit for, in the best way we know how – the development of people. The purpose of this program was to invest in aspiring leaders across the charity sector. It was established to enable charity leaders to enhance and build leadership awareness, capability and to help foster relationships across the charity sector.
We sponsored 13 selected mentors and mentees to complete this Sydney based program at no financial cost to the participants or the charities they worked for. This program was launched as the first of its kind, offered by Beaumont Consulting, in line with our mission to put People before Profit and to facilitate the next generation of talent within the charity sector.
LEAD NFP was developed in conjunction with AltusQ, an experienced business coaching firm and Australian corporate mentoring program specialist. It was designed to provide charity leaders with an opportunity to learn from peers within the industry to develop leadership, communication and decision making, amongst other business skills. This 9 month program was all about guiding and growing leadership skills, either as a mentor or as someone being mentored – the ‘mentee’. It’s made up of a mix of formal training, practical mentoring sessions and meetings with other members of the program to share experiences and learn from each other.
On Monday, we held the official wrap up of LEAD NFP Year 1 and it celebrated the resounding success of the first year. Here’s what some of our participants thought of the program:
- “It was a great way to connect to the sector, give something back and learn and refine some skills along the way.”
- “Well balanced in terms of time commitments. Great that mentor and mentees got to meet together to share experiences/wins/challenges. I am very pleased I got involved with the program and feel like I have gained a lot.”
- “Well run; good support; well-matched mentee; good materials.”
- “It was a good experience, I benefited and I think my mentee did as well. I am also passionate about doing more talent development in the NFP sector.”
- “Very well structured program - good length, right amount of catch up sessions to keep us focused.”
- “I think it’s been a fantastic experience and given me the opportunity to focus on what is important.”
- “The opportunity that the program has provided is really large and I look forward to seeing this program grow.”
Beaumont People intends to sponsor this program again from July 2017. I will be providing further insights from this year’s alumni in the New Year and we will spread the word when the call for 2017 applications opens.
Until then, I wish you all a happy Festive Season.
Kate Larkin | Not-for-Profit Manager