Cycle 2 Period

December 2020--June 2021

Qualification

European Chamber Members Only

Contact

njiang@europeanchamber.com.cn

About Cross-industry Mentor Initiative

The European Chamber launched the second cycle of its Cross-industry Mentor Initiative (CIMI) in late 2020.

Programme overview

This Cross-industry Mentor Initiative Cycle2 partnered mid- to senior-level managers in China with C-suite leaders of European business in China, who helped to impart the additional skills and knowledge required for them take the next step in their careers, from senior management to board-level positions. This is a part-time course lasting approximately 6 months from December 2020 to June 2021.

Some organisations have similar internal employee development programmes but it is anchored there in an existing employee/employer relationship. The Chamber’s cross-company and industry initiative will remove these barriers and provide an unrestricted, impartial learning environment to facilitate personal growth for mentees while providing a fresh perspective to mentors.

Same as the initial cycle, the second cycle of the CIMI focused on improving female representation at senior management and board level in China. We have chosen this as the focal point for the programme due to the lack of gender diversity among top leadership within the Chamber’s member companies. We believe this initiative can make an instant impact for those future female leaders involved whilst providing a platform for future diversity and inclusion and leadership development programmes.

What will the programme involve?

Following the selection process in late 2020, each mentee will be paired one-on-one with a leading business figure from the European business community in China who will provide guidance and support, with at least five full hours dedicated to mentee development over the course of the six-month programme. This is a minimum requirement agreed by all of the mentors, and we expect more time committed in cases where there is a good mentor-mentee fit.

In addition, a number of external, tailored workshops will be provided which will help mentees develop leadership skills, share the leadership development experience and expand network.

Programme Fees

As a way to build the expertise on female leadership in this programme, the European Chamber has decided to cover the related costs on behalf of those candidates that are successfully chosen (excluding the travel cost).

Mentors

Joerg Wuttke

Vice President and Chief Representative of BASF China, President of European Chamber

Charlotte Roule

CEO of ENGIE China, Vice President of European Chamber                          

Bruno Weill

Chief Group Representative of BNP Paribas China, STATE REP. OF EUROPEAN CHAMBER

Jens Eskelund

President of Maersk China, VICE PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN CHAMBER

Holly Lei

President, Covestro

Michael Chang

EVP, CX Strategy & Technology, Greater China, Nokia Shanghai Bell

Fabrice Megarbane

President of North Asia Zone & Chief Executive Officer, L'Oréal China

Bettina Schoen

Regional Representative Asia, Freudenberg

Denis Depoux

Global Managing Director, Managing Director Greater China, Head of Asia, Roland Berger

Marko Tulus

CFO and Country Holding Officer of Sandvik China, Treasurer of European Chamber

Ouyang Bo

CFO Siemens Greater China; Director of the Board of Directors, Senior Executive VP and CFO Siemens China

Activities / Making A Difference: The European Chamber Mentorship Approach

[Onsite] Female Empowerment Chatroom: Self-Confidence and Managing-Up

The European Chamber is delighted to invite you to attend the Female Empowerment Chatroom and newly launched “Unleash Today” book presentation on Tuesday, 25th May, 2021, 15:30 to 17:00 hosted in the Chamber Beijing Office with the focused topics on Self-Confidence and Managing-Up. It’s our honor to invite two mentors Charlotte Roule and Michael Chang, one mentee Tong Wang from European Chamber Cross-industry Mentor Initiative and one guest speaker Sarah Wagner to share their views in this context.

2021 Exclusive Breakfast Seminars for Mentors and Mentees from the CIMI Cycle 2

The European Chamber hosted exclusive breakfast seminars for mentors and mentees from the CIMI cycle 2 – in Beijing on 31st March and in Shanghai on 16th April. These gatherings were moderated by Charlotte Roule, vice president of the European Chamber and CEO of ENGIE China.

During the breakfast seminars, mentors and mentees discussed the stereotypes surrounding female leadership and the ‘leaky pipeline’ phenomenon affecting the number of females reaching middle and executive level leadership roles. Attendees shared observations on how gender diversity can contribute to improving efficiency and encouraging innovation. They also discussed their perceptions of the advantages provided by the European Chamber CIMI programme – the unique access to the C-suite level leaders for mentees and the channel it provides for mentors to self-reflect and learn how the younger generation thinks.

Kick-off Webinars for the Second Cycle of CIMI

On 17th December 2020, Laurie O’Donnell, Managing Director of Cornerstone International Group conducted the mentoring induction webinars for mentors and mentees separately. In the webinars, Laurie shared her views on the difference between coaching and mentoring, what skills were essential in mentoring and how to manage the mentoring sessions.

Insights from C-suite Mentors: The Road Towards a C-Suite Position

On 25th September 2020, mentors from the initial cycle of the mentoring programme Charlotte Roule, CEO of ENGIE China, Vice President of European Chamber and Denis Depoux, Global Managing Director, Managing Director Greater China, Head of Asia of Roland Berger shared their views on the importance of the women’s representation in leadership teams and how the CIMI can facilitate the female leadership development. 

To review the webinar recording, please click here.

Mentorship Showcase –Increase Local Visibility with Global Perspective

On 18th September 2020, Joerg Wuttke, Vice President and Chief Representative of BASF China, President of European Chamber who is one of the mentors for the Cross-industry Mentor Initiative and his mentee Gloria Zhou, Head of Strategy and Business Portfolio at BP China shared what they have learned and achieved from the mentorship cycle 1 and discuss the difference between CIMI and other in-house mentoring programmes, especially how to integrate the global thinking into the local acts through the mentoring sessions when dealing with the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To review the podcast recording, please click here.

The Impact of Mentoring – How to set yourself up for success and build your confidence and leadership skills

On 31st August 2020, Charlotte Roule (CEO of ENGIE China, Vice President of European Chamber) and Rachel Morarjee (Director of the Economist Corporate Network, former board member of European Chamber) spoke about the values of CIMI and how this programme can facilitate the female leadership development in the European Chamber community. 

To review the webinar recording, please click here.

How to Apply

Applicants must be:

  • female;
  • aged 30–45;
  • an employee of a European Chamber member company; and
  • mid- to senior-level management looking to step up to director, vice president, business unit head or equivalent.

 

To apply, please submit the following information and responses to the below questions via e-mail before 16th October to Nina Jiang njiang@europeanchamber.com.cn:

  • An up-to-date CV
  • A summary of your current job function (200 words or less)
  • What are your medium-term career aspirations and how can mentoring help to get you there? (350 words or less)
  • What do you have to offer a prospective mentor? (350 words or less)
  • Any other information you may wish to share (200 words or less)

Feedback from Mentees

The opportunities to be mentored by the executive of the European company is very rare.  Make sure you take advantage of this great personal development opportunity.  More importantly, please take the time to think, plan and develop yourself, regardless what you would like to pursue in your life.  Look for role models, mentors, and assistance and always remember that asking for help is a sign of strength not a sign of weakness.

It’s my privilege to join the EUCCC mentorship program and have Charlotte as my mentor, and it is truly rewarding though disrupted by COVID-19. Charlotte is a patient listener and good at motivating people with providing constructive recommendation, and I’m so impressed by her commitment to the work and the team, and the way she inspires the innovation and people. The mentorship program helps me to validate my view and behavior and build confidence. The program also provides me the chance to network with the talents from other industries to share ideas, knowledge and challenges. I would recommend the program to future talents, as the program provides great opportunity of practicing communication skills with executives and learn from their experience to accelerate personal development.

I would like to thank for the mentorship program offered by European chamber, it provided me the direct talk opportunity with the executive level leaders. I learned a lot their personal success experience, the tips to improve the efficiency and the suggestions regarding how to deal with the difficult situations. It also created a nice social environment to know more excellent female leaders. Thanks for European chamber, I sincerely hope more and more female leaders can benefit and contribute into this community, Gifts of roses, hand there are lingering fragrance.