PWN Vienna Mentoring Program - A proven way to boost your career


In the past three years at least 60% of the people who participated in a PWN Mentoring Program have gone on to achieve the goals they set for themselves, whether getting a promotion, making a career change or starting a business. Mentorship is important at every stage of a person’s career, whether they are just starting out or are a CEO, and the PWN is committed to helping both young and experienced professionals alike.


Successfully established since 2009 - Mentoring is a Cornerstone of PWN’s offerings

Mentoring is a voluntary developmental relationship between an expert who is willing to share her/his knowledge and experiences (Mentor) with one or more people wanting to learn and profit from guidance to develop their personal or professional skills (Mentees). The PWN’s mission is to create Gender Balanced Leadership, and mentoring is a proven method for helping more women advance in their careers and into leadership positions.


Mentoring offers many different types of support

  • Advice: Mentors provide Mentees with recommendations based on their own experiences
  • Training: Mentors share knowledge, facts, and information that support and enrich Mentees
  • Coaching: Mentors provide support to Mentees during their development and help them to visualize the desired outcome and see issues from different perspectives
  • Goal-Orientation: Mentors help Mentees to define their goals, analyze their current situation, identify the right strategies to reach those goals and, of course, Mentors provide additional support to take the required steps toward achieving their objectives
  • Motivation: Mentors guide Mentees during the whole program. Mentees take responsibility and ownership for their development and learning, and Mentors help them to stay on track and focused. Mentors provide additional help overcoming obstacles



How the Mentoring Program works

Those wishing to be either a Mentor or a Mentee fill out an application describing the goals they wish to achieve during the program, their background, and their experience. Mentoring topics include personal development such as improving communication skills and self-expression, work-life balance, professional development, management and leadership, entrepreneurship, and career development.  Each applicant will also be interviewed by the Mentoring Coordination Team in order to get a better understanding of their expectations and preferences.

Mentors are then matched with Mentees. The program runs from October to June, with each mentoring pair or small group meeting on a regular basis (either in person or remotely). They are supported by The Mentoring Coordination Team throughout the process.

Benefits for Mentees: Personal and Career Growth

Through mentoring, Mentees can clarify their career path and analyze their professional and/or personal development and growth; they will receive feedback and support from their Mentor, and will receive advice on how to increase their confidence and how to confront challenges. Mentees are responsible for being committed, engaged, and staying motivated throughout the program, and for striving to achieve the goals set at the beginning.

Benefits for Mentors: Developing Leadership Skills

Mentors have the chance to develop their leadership skills and, thanks to the support of the Mentoring Coordination Team, they will experience a program that also challenges them to reflect on their professional career and aspirations. It is a chance to reflect on own practices and challenges.  Mentors will encourage action, commitment and motivation. At the same time, they will provide and receive continuous feedback. Participating as a Mentor on the PWN Vienna Mentoring Program also allows them access to the PWN network through its global and local reach, and gives visibility through its media channels, including LinkedIn and the online magazine, Connect. 


Building Mentoring Competency 

To further increase benefits for Mentors and Mentees, PWN Vienna strives to continually increase the strength of its program. In 2020/21 we will support our Mentors by:

  • Creating a mentor community - we have workshops dedicated to supporting the Mentors
  • Encouraging all mentors to access and complete the free ‘Open University online certified learning module Exploring Career Mentoring and Coaching
  • Offering advanced mentoring skills training for those who possess foundation and basic practitioner mentoring skills
  • Offering Mentoring Reflective Practice Space (Supervision) for our Mentors. In 2020/21 we will pilot a group mentor reflective practice (supervision) approach.

    Please click here to find out more


Application Deadlines & Forms

Before you apply, please make sure you will have time to participate in the program. To fully benefit, you will need to be available for at least one meeting per month, in addition to the time necessary to work on reaching your goals. Motivation, engagement, and dedication to the program are crucial for successful mentoring. 

Application Deadline for Mentors and Mentees: Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Kick-Off Meeting (Mandatory!): Tuesday, 6 October 2020


Application Forms:

For Mentors

  1. Apply by filling out our online application form for Mentors.
  2. Please send your CV to to complete your application.
  3. Mentors will have a personal interview with the coordination team.
  4. Selected Mentors will receive a confirmation by September 27th, 2020.


For Mentees

  1. Apply by filling out our online application form for Mentees.
  2. Please send your CV to to complete your application.
  3. Mentees will have a personal interview with the coordination team.
  4. Selected Mentees will receive a confirmation by October 2nd, 2020.


To become a Mentee in the PWN Mentoring Program you must be a Premium Member of the PWN Vienna. Premium membership gives you access not only to the Mentoring Program, but also free participation at our Linkup & Learn events, our Leadership Workshops and networking with other PWN members, and access to discounts from our local partners.

Simply join now or renew your Membership! 


Code of Ethics

PWN Vienna, like many other organizations, is committed to maintaining and promoting excellent practice in mentoring. We are building our Mentor Program in a step by step process around a recognized professional framework. EMCC is one of the leading global organizations in the mentoring field. One of our next steps is to adopt the Global Code of Ethics set out by the European Mentor and Coaching Council. We anticipate that you can identify with the Code of Ethics as it relates to mentors and mentoring (it also applies to those who coach or supervise). We, therefore, ask all our mentors to sign the Code of Ethics as part of our shared commitment and desire to conduct our mentoring work in a professional manner.




Mentoring described by our Mentees and Mentors


 “I came into the program serious about making a career transition but also terrified of what the future held for me. Thanks to my mentor and the program coordinators, I got on track and reached many of my ‘actionable goals’ sooner than expected. My mentor worked with me to adjust as our mentorship evolved with my changing needs and new perspectives. It was the spark I needed to get on a new path and feel I have the capabilities and skills I need, on top of an amazing network at the PWN, to take on a new career path.

If I could give words of advice to anyone thinking of joining the program as mentor or mentee, I’d say–invest in yourself by bringing an open mind, and dedication to your professional growth, into this unique relationship. I know both my mentor and myself did so and we’ve both become significantly better for it. I can’t thank the team of mentorship program coordinators and my mentor enough for their time, efforts, and support during this. I look forward to being a member of the PWN Vienna for the rest of my professional career.”

Jessica Kozlowski - Mentee


"Being a mentor in the field of „Journey to Yourself“ was a  very rewarding experience. I had a challenging process with my mentee helping her to increase her self-confidence, being more positive and also learn more about my own career development, discovering my true vocation and finding my best role in life through such mentoring. I am looking with great enthusiasm for the next Mentoring Program.”

Simona Ciucur - Mentor


"The PWN mentoring program allowed me to use my experience to have a positive, visible impact. My mentees were very well matched and our exchanges were fruitful. There were many learning opportunities for me as well. In addition, the mentoring team organized several workshops where I was able to exchange with other like-minded individuals and learn new tools and techniques, helping me become a better manager. 

The team of volunteer mentors is the most diverse and international group of people I have seen in Vienna!"

Robin Cefai - Mentor


Who is behind the PWN Mentoring Program?

 PWN relies on the excellent volunteer work of several of its members. Our Mentoring Coordination Team is currently working to further develop the Mentoring Program, and to engage as many Mentors and Mentees as possible. You can contact the MCT directly at and send them your questions.  

Anila Llagami - Mentoring  Program Manager

Anila supports Mentors and Mentees to link up and work jointly towards reaching their personal and professional goals. She has worked internationally, as a project and senior manager, in different industries for more than 25 years. A previous mentee in the PWN Vienna Mentoring Programm, she has lived in Austria, Albania and Italy and is a keen enthusiast of the development of young professionals. She holds degrees in economics and finance and has been a member of PWN Vienna since 2009. 


Carmen Visus - Mentee Coordinator

Carmen Visus is a biologist, biochemist, and Ph.D. in Immunology; she works as Group Lead Program Coordination at AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals. She has 16 years of international experience in Spain, the US and Austria. She works with professionals from very diverse disciplines and her expertise includes program management, projects prioritization, team supervision and strategic decision making in the field of Pharmaceutical Corporate Development. Carmen has experienced herself the benefits of mentoring as a mentee, as a mentor and also as part of the mentoring coordination team. She counts continued growth and development as part of her personal and professional principles and is eager to support mentees and mentors to also find tangible rewards and benefits.


Yolanda Pérez - Mentee Coordinator 

Yolanda is a manager in management and strategic marketing in England, Spain, and Austria with experience in multinationals as well as small and medium businesses. She has a deep interest in social causes as well as in a life-work balance, life purpose, and self-development. Yolanda was a mentee with PWN and is now a mentee coordinator. She is very eager to support mentees in their work-life mentoring journey.



Cristina Motorga - Mentee Coordinator

Cristina moved to Vienna in 2017, swapping the corporate bubble of banking and finance for out-of-her-comfort zone expat projects such as volunteering, studying at the University and deepening her yoga practice. Peace, equity and solidarity are values she strongly believes in. Having been a mentee with PWN Vienna for the last 2 years, she considers the PWN Mentoring Programa great vehicle for living those values, along with being a great way to challenge yourself and gain new perspectives. Cristina is Romanian.



Dieter Langenecker - Mentors Coordinator

Dieter is a Purpose Counselor. He supports people in discovering and living their life purpose, and organizations in finding their higher purpose. He was a Mentor in the PWN Vienna Mentoring Program 2018/19 and is in charge of the Mentor coordination and running the Mentor workshops in 2019/20. Dieter is Austrian.




Shirley Smith – Mentor Supervision

Shirley comes with years of experience in developing people in global operations.  With a strong interest in mentoring and the online professional development of those who mentor she brings both mentor supervision and input around the continuous development of our scheme.



 More Questions?

Please contact the PWN Vienna Mentoring Coordination Team at

During the program, participants might be requested for voluntary feedback which may be recorded as audio or video material, or to have their photograph taken. This material may be used in the PWN Vienna Connect magazine or online social media platforms. For more details or respective GDPR questions, please contact our Mentoring Team.


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