We want to support and enable more women to build long and satisfying careers within at UnICredit, and we are especially working to increase the representation of women at the management level.
To bring our efforts to life, we take a multifaceted approach - investing in a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment, designing the Global Job and Skill Framework, and promoting our female talent and leadership within our Group and beyond.
Our diverse offer of development programmes for female colleagues stands as a testimony to this commitment. A strong example of this is the WeFly Programme - an international and cross-company women's mentoring program by Valore D and sponsored by UniCredit.
Beginning today, May 16, the second edition of the initiative is launched, with 162 participants of 19 different nationalities, coming from 47 companies worldwide.
We are thrilled to announce that a total of 60 UniCredit colleagues will be participating in the WeFly programme: 30 women who will join as mentees and 30 men and women who will participate as mentors.
Valore D is the first association of companies in Italy which since 2009 has been committed to building a professional world without discrimination, in which gender equality and the culture of inclusion support the innovation, progress and growth of organizations and of Italy.
The Wefly® programme will engage women who are middle managers to support them in exploring more international careers. Through cross-country mentoring, participants will experience different professional cultures, helping to enrich their management styles.
The match between mentors and mentees is defined through a tailor-made interview process to ensure the best matches in terms of personal attitudes and professional goals.
Over the next 7 months, each mentee will be paired with a mentor, where they will have the opportunity to grow their professional network, become familiarised with various cultures, strengthen their ambition to further achieve professional success, and empower future generations of colleagues.
Commenting on the program, Siobhan Mc Donagh, Head of Group People & Culture said: "UniCredit remains wholly committed to providing the best professional growth opportunities to women at all levels across the Group. As testament to this, we are continuing to make progress in our ambition to increase female representation in management roles. We are proud to work with Valore D, a respected leader in promoting gender balance. Together, we will provide additional career support to all female managers to determine their strengths, increase their know-how and further build on these skills - because when you do what you enjoy, it shows. For many years, our company has invested in internal mentoring and coaching, and we will continue to do so with this ambition in mind."
Paola Mascaro, President at Valore D commented: "Even today, many women do not take on new career challenges, or explore international careers, often because of a lack of confidence in their self. The value of a cross-company experience such as WeFly lies in the opportunity for women to confront with different cultures and learn from different management style, a fundamental step to build a solid career path for tomorrows D&I leadership".
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