Take part in transformative mentoring for women in operations. Learn invaluable skills and knowledge or enjoy the experience of making an impact on someone’s life and career with NAWO’s Australia-wide virtual mentoring program.


Registrations for the 2023 program cohort are now closed. We will begin accepting applications for our 2024 cohort in October, 2023.

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Program Overview


Registrations for our 2023 cohort are now closed. Registrations for our 2024 program commence October, 2023.

As a member, you can take part in the NAWO Mentoring Program as a mentee or mentor. Mentees can access experienced leaders across multiple industries and member companies. Volunteer mentors commit to supporting mentees to achieve their goals, overcome challenges and maximise their future career opportunities.

  • For individuals, NAWO’s mentoring programs are an investment in your future. They provide a forum for you to learn from inspiring leaders, grow your knowledge and build your network.
  • For organisations, NAWO’s flagship mentoring program gives you access to external mentoring for your valuable talent – either 1:1 or as part of a Mentoring Circle – working through a series of structured sessions that have the potential to profoundly impact their future careers.


We facilitate both group and 1:1 mentoring. Our bespoke matching process has been designed to meet the objectives of each mentee and the skills and experience of our volunteer mentors.

Mentoring Options

1:1 Mentoring (Virtual)

  • $660 +GST for NAWO Members

Take part in a series of four individual mentoring sessions with a suitably matched mentor to support your desired personal and professional growth. 1:1 Mentoring is available to all NAWO members, regardless of experience or seniority. No matter what level or function within an operational business, you are welcome to register for 1:1 Mentoring. We look forward to supporting you with your career goals.

Mentoring Circles (Virtual)

  • $660 +GST for NAWO Members

Take part in a series of seven group sessions with a peer network of 4-6 women from different operational businesses. Mentoring Circles are operationally focused and each session is facilitated by senior operational leaders with considerable operations experience. If you aspire to an executive position in operations within the next 2-5 years, this program is designed to help you get there.

NAWO's Mentoring Alumni Network

After 12 years and over 1000 people participating, our outstanding Mentoring Program is expanding to offer an exclusive alumni network. It’s something we’ve been keen to establish for a while, and thanks to the support of Premium Member Amazon Australia we’re excited to invite you to join.


The initiative aims to foster Alumni participation in NAWO more broadly, nurture members via exclusive Alumni only opportunities, and measure the impact of the NAWO Mentoring Program on participants via the Alumni Network. 

Want to get involved with the Mentoring Alumni Network?

Read more about it here and, if you’re a NAWO mentoring alumni member, join us in the lounge on LinkedIn.


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Q: What type of industry should I work in?

A: You will be working in any field of operations, including manufacturing, retail supply chain, agriculture, transport and logistics, warehousing, wholesale trade, science and technology, and utilities in any role (engineering, logistics, procurement, sales, customer service, finance, HR, general management, technical).

Q: How will this improve my career?

A: Mentoring Circles support emerging or mid-career NAWO members who aspire to senior leadership roles and active career progression. 1:1 Mentoring can support you no matter your career level, with accountability to achieve an identified professional goal.

Q: I live rurally. Can I still take part?

A: Yes, as this is a virtually delivered program.

Q: Can I choose my mentor?

A: No. This is because NAWO invests considerable time and capability in the matching process to best meet the objectives of mentees with the strengths of each volunteer mentor. We are confident that this process will ensure the best outcome for both parties.

Q: What does it cost to participate?

A: As a NAWO member the program fee is $660 (plus GST) – for either 1:1 or group participation.

Download our mentee factsheet


Q: Do I need to be a NAWO member to take part?

A: You need to be a NAWO member or affiliate to take part in the mentoring program.

Q: Can I choose my mentees?

A: No. This is because NAWO invests considerable time and capability in the matching process to best meet the objectives of mentees with the strengths of each volunteer mentor. We are confident that this process will ensure the best outcome for both parties.

Q: What is the time commitment required?

A: Mentoring Circles include 7 x 90 minute virtual facilitation sessions. 1:1 Mentoring includes 4 x 60 minute virtual individual sessions. In both programs, mentors are also expected to attend a launch event and offer a high level of accountability to mentees.

Q: What does it cost to get involved?

A: There is no additional cost to mentors on top of the membership fee.

Q: What sort of experience do I need?

A: You will be a consistent role model of inclusive leadership and have benefited from mentoring during your own career. You need to be a NAWO member or affiliate, an active advocate for gender balance in operations, and have the capacity and commitment to support mentees for the full program. You will have a natural ability to build rapport online, to listen and respond with empathy and the willingness to share from your own experience where relevant.

Q: Will I be provided with resources and guidance?

A: Yes, NAWO will support you with resources and guidance to deliver Mentoring Circles or 1:1 Mentoring.

Download our mentor factsheet