Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Women On Top aims to address and has already addressed the needs of a) unemployed women, who are much more successful at their job hunt when they are supported by a mentor who has already walked the walk in their chosen field and can offer them guidance as well as networking; b) working mothers, who need a special kind of support in order to balance their work and family lives and be able to honor their changing priorities; c) other vulnerable groups of women, such as young entrepreneurs, women working in male-dominated environments, women on a career change, women with special needs and cancer survivors. Using mentoring as our primary focus and tool, we also offer seminars focusing on the different needs and goals of those distinct groups
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Since our launch in February 2012, we have matched more than 80 women with a mentor deemed appropriate for their needs and aspirations by our professional development consultants. Our candidate mentorees come from all over Greece and the pool of our volunteer mentors also includes mentors from abroad. More than half of these mentoring pairs have found their collaboration valuable for their professional development and have linked it to some very important positive steps they have taken in their careers. We have also organised 4 training seminars for freelancers, small entrepreneurs and working/unemployed mothers (Social Media for Small Enterprises, Time Management, LinkedIn as a Tool of Professional Development, Rights of Working Mothers), as well as 2 mentors' meetings and a half-day conference for women entrepreneurs.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Long term, from a basis of 3.750.000 Greek women we aim to reach and support an audience of 750.000. There are also plans to go international, with the vision to create a worldwide network of women that supports their creativity, professional development, equality, participation, entrepreneurship and mobility.