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Cross Organisational Mentoring Circles: 8th Cohort Launch

Jan 27
Date and time
Wed, 27 January  @  09:30  -  12:00
Seminar, Webinar United Kingdom
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Invitation only

Wed, 27 January 2021  @  09:30  –  12:00

This event will welcome a new cohort into Business in the Community’s (BITC) Cross Organisational Mentoring Circles programme.

Research conducted by BITC, shows that people from black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds in the workplace are ambitious but feel there is a lack of opportunity. 43% of black, Asian, and ethnic minority employees say they would like a fast track opportunity, but only 10% have this. This represents a waste of talent, energy, enthusiasm, and expertise.

In response, in 2014 BITC launched the Cross Organisational Mentoring Circles programme which provides mentoring to black, Asian, and ethnic minority employees from partner organisations. This is to support progression, unlock talent and address black, Asian, and ethnic minority under-representation at senior levels.

Now in its 8th year, with over 30 companies involved, a new cohort will be welcomed into the programme in January 2021. The session will be chaired by Sandra Kerr CBE, Race Equality Director at BITC and delegates will get an opportunity to hear from previous mentors and mentees about their experiences. Attendees will also get an opportunity to meet their mentoring circles for the first time.


This event is open only to the mentors and mentees who will be participating in the 8th cohort of the Cross Organisational Mentoring Circles programme.

About BITC’s Mentoring Circles

BITC research reveals that black, Asian and minority people value mentors more than other ethnic groups. They are more likely to want a mentor and more likely to value the impact of having one. BITC’s mentoring circles helps address this need. Mentees bring issues or challenges to the group, work and learn together and act and reflect on outcomes with a focus on personal development. The mentors and mentees will meet six times over the course of 12 months.

Taking action that supports ethnic minority career progression is the fifth call to action of BITC’s Race at Work Charter. Actions can include embedding mentoring, reverse mentoring and sponsorship in their organisations.

Business in the Community established the Race at Work Charter using evidence from the Race at Work 2018 Scorecard Report, one year on from the 2017 McGregor-Smith Review: Race in the workplace. The Charter contains five calls to action designed to improve ethnic minority representation at all levels.

Express your interest in signing the Race at Work Charter.

Further information and contact details

If you require further information about this Mentoring Circles Launch, or are interested in getting involved with the next cohort of Mentoring Circles, contact Florence Hughes, Events Manager at BITC.

Full joining instructions will be sent before the event.

Following government advice on social distancing, all BITC events over the coming months will be delivered remotely via digital technology. Details on how to join will be sent prior to the event.

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