Celebrating New Mentor Relationships

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On the 13th of March 2012, the Akilah Leadership & Mentoring Program (ALMP) Phase II was initiated with 18 new Mentors & Mentees.

Students line up before being introduced to their mentors

The event was well attended, and involved both the old and new Mentors. We have an amazing group of Mentors this year, including Deputy National Coordinator of the FAWE Rwanda Chapter Donatha Gihana, CEO of Serenity Spa Chantal Gatali, Director of Development and Communications at ROC Partners Jamie Boiles,  and CEO of Inzuki Designs Teta Isibo. The ceremony kicked off with an introduction to ALMP and how it functions, led by Program Manager Irene Kagoya.

A networking session was then conducted in which old Mentors shared their experiences and advice with new Mentors on lessons learned and how to best mentor the Akilah students.

We were also honored with the presence of Anne Mortensen, the Global Process Leader of IBM, a key program funder and supporter from the UK.  She made a brilliant presentation on the intricacies of mentoring and shared her personal experiences of mentoring as well.

Newly paired Mentors and Mentees chat in groups

After the presentation, the powerful tradition of pairing up the Mentors and Mentees commenced.  Each new Mentee walked into the room with a lot of anxiety and eagerness to meet their Mentor. It was great to witness the moment of the first connection in which new Mentors warmly welcomed the Mentees with hugs, smiles and laughter.

Unfortunately a few Mentors could not make it to the event but they will soon be connected with the Mentees in the coming weeks.

We are proud of our new and distinguished team of Mentors and trust that our students will learn a lot from their expertise and professionalism as they strive to build their careers in the hospitality industry.

A touching moment between Mentor and Mentee; the final slide of the PowerPoint brings the ceremony to a close

Thank you all for supporting the ALMP and making this second Phase of the Program a reality. Special thanks go to Peace Through Business® Rwanda that supported us in the identification of Mentors; individuals from the Norway, Sweden, and IBM UK who have supported ALMP; the Serena Hotel for hosting us; and the Akilah Team for a great event.

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