Webinar : Kick Start Your Mentoring for Growth

What to Expect

This webinar is for anyone wanting to kick start their mentoring skills.  Furthermore, as s part of the WiRE program we are looking to recruit women, who whilst they are going on their self and business development in the program, also are keen to develop their mentoring skills.  Suitable mentors will have the opportunity to take on the role of Hub Mentor for the WiRE hub program and support up to 6 women in a virtual hub on a weekly basis for 12 weeks. Viewing this webinar is a prerequisite to becoming a Hub Mentor.  Some WiRE Mentors may also be available to attend face to face boot camps across the region to support women during the boot camp sessions. Others attending this webinar may just be keen to get into the mentoring game in their own context, community and environment.  

This initial one hour webinar on mentorship is an introductory session that will outline what is involved in mentoring generally but more specifically on the WiRE program plus some introductory content to help you decide if you are interested in participating in the WiRE program as a Hub leader and mentor.

What will be covered? 

  • Explain the Wire program and how mentoring and hub leaders support the process

  • Benefits of Mentoring and Coaching

  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of a mentor

  • Keys to successful mentoring

  • Challenges and Benefits of the mentoring relationship

  • Mentoring Guidelines

  • The support you can expect.



Prof Retha Wiesner, WiRE Program Director, Professor in Management and Entrepreneurial Behaviour, USQ



Tara Jacobsen-Neven

Tara Jacobsen-Neven of The WiRE Program

Tara Jacobsen-Neven is an experienced entrepreneur, business strategist, facilitator, and collective leadership specialist. Tara has over 20 years experience in applying strategy to corporate learning and development, education, business growth and organisational development.  

An expert in human and social capital development, Tara uses new insights into providing a strategic approach to building and executing social capital solutions to build more productive, resilient and change agile teams, organisations and communities. Tara’s key fundamental philosophy is that we build human capital value in organisations by enhancing the way we structure our organisations and how we develop our people in order to best operate in the ‘wisdom age’.

She has been successful in connecting people and organisations to collaborate to build sustainable and embedded learning which supports organisation and people skill development.  She has a number of years experience as keynote speaker and master of ceremonies at a number of Australian industry conferences on subjects such as leadership, culture development, social and human capital value. She also sits on a number of boards and committees in various roles, and volunteers for a number of community groups.

Tara contributes frequently to a range of local and state publications and is a regular writer for the international My Entrepreneur
e-magazine. She is currently writing a book on the invisible threads that connect people, and how to use this for personal and professional development to enhance social capital value. Tara holds a number of postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in business including a Master of Business Administration, and she will soon be commencing her PhD through USQ.


This Webinar is financially supported by the Queensland Government through its Advancing Women in Business (AWB) initiative.   
This initiative encourages and supports more women to start and grow their own businesses by: facilitating and strengthening connectivity between Queensland Government and women’s groups across the state and amongst women’s networking groups; effectively engaging women in Office of Small Business activities such as grants, events and mentoring; boosting women as mentors on the Mentoring for Growth program; and ensuring the tools, skills and opportunities needed by women are available as part of Office of Small Business activities.

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