WiLAT SL organized the Mentor Mentee evening for mentees who enrolled for WiLAT’s mentoring program Ignite in November 2018. The program was held on Aug 31, 2019 at the National Chambers of Commerce under the discussion topic “Finding your mentor and nurturing the relationship for long haul”.
Gayathri Karunanayaka, Chairperson WiLAT SL briefed the mentees on the Ignite program and the importance of making the best use of this program which gives the mentees direct exposure to the eminent mentors from the industry with sound professional background, experience and qualifications.
Amra Zareer, Secretary of WiLAT shared her experience and educated the audience on nurturing the mentor-mentee relationship to help mentees enhance their professional and personal lives and also to help them fast-track their career with proper coaching and mentoring from one’s Mentors. She further stated that mentoring is a two way street and both the Mentor and Mentee should work towards supporting each other professionally and should assist in reverse mentoring where possible.
Gayani De Alwis, Co Funder and Advisor of WiLAT also shared her knowledge and encouraged the mentees to engage with their mentors and obtain maximum benefit from Ignite program which is also been followed in other countries under the WiLAT banner. Gayani further stated it is evident that the mentees under the Ignite program once enter the corporate world are performing exceptionally well and have a head start to their career.
The session was concluded by a Q&A forum where mentors namely Niroza Gazzali, Priyangani Jayasundara and Dr. Renuka Herath also exchanged ideas on how this program could be further enhanced to add value to the logistics, transport and supply chain industry and encouraged the university undergraduates to actively involve in programs of this nature.