In the world of professional development, sometimes unexpected moments make us rethink our decisions. Recently, as we wrapped up the final session of the 2023 Collaborative Learning Circle, something remarkable happened that made us reconsider our plans for the future. Amid budget constraints in the industry and across the APS (Australian Public Service), we initially thought 2023 would mark the end of our open program offerings. However, the impact of this circle on its participants reminded us of the profound importance of what we do.

After two decades of running these programs, the realisation hit me hard: our Collaborative Mentoring Circles not only change individual lives but also have a ripple effect, influencing the wellbeing of their teams, staff, and families. It’s almost impossible to walk away from something so powerful.

The Transformative Power of Collaborative Mentoring Circles

Over the years, we’ve witnessed countless individuals, especially women, embark on a journey of personal growth and professional progress through these circles. The testimonies and experiences shared by the participants during our final session last month were truly inspiring. They revealed just how much these circles have meant to them and the significant strides they’ve taken in their career journeys.

Collaborative Mentoring Circles are more than just a professional development program; they’re a catalyst for transformation. Participants find support, guidance, and a sense of belonging in these circles, empowering them to overcome challenges, push their limits, and grow as leaders in their respective fields.

A Reminder of Our Mission

In times of financial constraint and uncertainty, losing sight of our mission is easy. However, the testimonies of the women in our 2023 Collaborative Learning Circle served as a powerful reminder of why we do what we do. It’s not just about offering a program; it’s about making a difference in the lives of individuals and the organisations they serve.

The Ripple Effect

The impact of these circles extends far beyond the individual participants. As women grow and flourish within their professional roles, they inspire and uplift their teams, fostering a culture of collaboration and growth. This, in turn, enhances the productivity and wellbeing of staff members and positively influences their families. It’s a ripple effect that starts with a single circle but extends its reach to touch numerous lives.

Stay Tuned for the 2024 Collaborative Mentoring Circles

With renewed conviction in the importance of our mission, we are thrilled to announce that the Collaborative Mentoring Circles will continue in 2024. We are committed to nurturing talent, fostering collaboration, and empowering individuals to excel in their careers and personal lives.

In a world where the professional landscape constantly evolves, mentorship and collaboration are more critical than ever. The 2024 Collaborative Mentoring Circles will provide a platform for individuals to connect, learn, and grow together.

Stay tuned for more details and announcements regarding the 2024 Collaborative Mentoring Circles. We invite you to join us on this transformation, empowerment, and collaboration journey. We can create a brighter future for individuals, teams, and organisations.