Where did Ada Lovelace, born in 1815, find inspiration to become the first computer programmer? And how did Katherine Johnson, an African American woman, become John Glenn’s go-to mathematician who verified the computer equations that would control the trajectory of his 1962 space flight from blastoff to splashdown? Both women showed a talent for mathematics at an early age, but it was their mentors who set them on their unlikely career paths.
It’s safe to say that no single company has cracked the code for building a diverse and inclusive IT culture. Having a mentor can make a big difference for women looking to start or advance their digital careers; in fact, a lack of mentors and female role models are the top two barriers experienced by women in technology.
Join our mentoring programme
Mentoring can support you in navigating a promotion, delivering on expanded responsibility, or working through a particular situation, challenge or opportunity.
This programme is offered for free to RightBrains community members. Participation is limited to 25 duos.
Before the programme begins, we will match you to a mentor based on your experience and interests, which you expressed while creating an account on the RightBrains platform. You will meet each other at the kick-off event and together you will make a plan.
Over the course of the next three months, four online sessions will help you get the tools you need, to articulate your value, get paid what you’re worth, and own your career. We will organise a live Grand Finale Mentoring event to celebrate, network and share our experiences and success stories.
Do you want to know the facts about building effective and resilient networks, in the setting of gender bias and the hybrid workplace? Are you curious to learn how networking can help you mitigate the double disadvantage of women in the hybrid workplace?
Both women and men find themselves more disconnected from critical informal networks when they work from home. However, the higher level of connectedness men had established pre-pandemic means that the relative loss of ground is higher for women.
When? April 20, 2023, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (CET)
In this session, Dr Hanneke Takkenberg, professor of clinical decision-making, will lead the discussion on how distance bias affects networked connectivity differently for men and women. Participants will then create effective, personally relevant insights and strategies to reduce the perils of distance bias.
Find your mentor match!
Looking for a mentor to boost your digital career? Registration for this programme has closed, but on our platform you can reach out to hundreds of mentors yourself.
We ask that you create an account on the RightBrains career and mentor platform. Based on your experience and interests you will find your best mentor matches.
“With the right choices, focus, structure, and mindset, everyone can achieve their full potential and reach their highest level of performance.”Founder She in IT and Author Kick-Ass
Dr Hanneke Takkenberg
“When I see something that I know can further impact the empowerment of women in science and medicine and shift us even further towards gender equality, I have to do it.”Professor of Clinical Decision Making in Cardio-Thoracic Interventions at Erasmus MC and Executive Director ECWO
Annemarie van den Thillart
“With the right mentorship, you can become an energetic ‘conscious competent’ with finely tuned intuition within three months. This new-found self-confidence will eventually add up to authentic female leadership.”Mentor 'Topvrouwen'
Dr Zara Nanu
"The key to creating a fairer workplace environment for all requires an innovative rewiring of the employment system, looking particularly at occupational segregation."Women's Leadership Board at WAPPP and CEO at Gapsquare
I was looking for a local platform that focuses on closing the gender gap in tech, I found that with RightBrains! I am a mentor and love to share experiences & learn new perspectives. I recommend the events organised, to learn about the impact of rapid technological change led by digital technologies in the market & our lives.
The mentoring programme was valuable & well-tailored. The content is comprehensive and I had the opportunity to apply the knowledge right away. I am also happy to have found a mentor who has helped me hone my skills in self-promotion.
Through RightBrains, I've found a great mentor who has helped me sort out the next steps in my career. She understands what it means to be a woman, mother & professional in this industry. It's great to meet like-minded women who help each other & have fun!