The Women in National Security Mentoring programme supports one of four priorities identified by the Security and Intelligence Board – Priority One: to attract and retain the right mix of knowledge, skills and capabilities for current and future priorities and demands.
Women currently make up 43% of the national security workforce, and approximately one third of these women are under 34 years of age.
The mentoring programme aims to build a sense of community for women and provide critical development support and encouragement to build a meaningful career.
Since our programme launch earlier this year, 150 mentees from 13 national security organisations, and 160 mentors representing 42 public and private sector organisations, are participating in the Wellington and Auckland programme.
With a stated intent to build a strong foundation of leadership practice, the mentoring component is being complimented by a series of learning conversations for both mentors and mentees.
The topics chosen address many of the challenges that women in the sector face, including courage and confidence, bias, work-life balance and building a valuable peer network.
In addition to the learning conversations, mentees will also participate in a series of table topics covering both subject and contextual areas.
The 2018 programme runs for a 12-month period and is sponsored by Rebecca Kitteridge, Chief Executive, New Zealand Security and Intelligence Service.