The Katuka Mentorship Programme recently inducted 53 new mentors and mentees into the Bank Windhoek-sponsored programme at an event that also saw the certification of those who completed the 2022 programme.
The programme was launched in 2001 to create a platform for personal growth and advancement of leadership skills for participants to enhance their individual and institutional success.
According to Bank Windhoek’s executive officer of marketing and corporate communication services Jacquiline Pack, supporting individuals by helping them approach their businesses confidently and navigating challenging settings to realise their goals, allows them to reach their fullest potential.
“As we celebrate 40 years of business at Bank Windhoek this year, we also celebrate the many women in business initiatives that we have sponsored over the years,” Packsaid.
The programme’s organiser Desèré Lundon-Muller said expanding leadership skills is done through a tailor-made mentoring programme designed to bring out the best for both mentors and mentees.
“It is about matching a mentee and mentor with similar professional and personal interests in a supportive, sharing and learning environment. This helps young and ambitious women, entrepreneurs and businesswomen to reach their ultimate potential and live purpose-driven lives,” Lundon-Muller explained.
Since its inception, the Katuka Mentorship Programme has produced significant results in the careers of the participating mentees. To date, 459 entrepreneurs and businesswomen have completed the programme.
Twenty-six mentors and mentees participated in the programme in 2022.For next year 53 mentors and mentees have enrolled for the programme.
“On behalf of Namibian women, I want to express my sincere appreciation towards our main sponsor, Bank Windhoek, for their profound commitment towards the development of women in Namibia,” Lundon-Mullersaid.
The Katuka Mentorship Programme’s orientation training is scheduled for the first week of February 2023, with a second and third sessions in April and August 2023.