Last week 10Eighty held their External Mentoring event.

It is perhaps an understatement to say there has been an exponential growth of mentoring in the workplace. We believe having an external mentor adds material value. Although many organisations have internal mentors, we passionately believe that access to an external mentor can generate many additional benefits to accelerate career development and develop the next generation of leaders.

Liz Sebag-Montefiore, Director 10Eighty, led the session, herself a qualified coach and mentor. We had three mentors on the panel:

  1. Richard Class– a mentor who has built a successful career in financial markets over thirty years and has been a fixed income trader, a portfolio manager, a business and relationship developer, and a director of a financial services training company.
  2. Bharatti Crack, a Human Resources professional and Advisor to the LACA Board.
  3. Rick Denton– a leader and board director of specialist international financial businesses and family offices, with experience of fiduciary, private banking, investment, insurance, private equity and property business sectors.

The Q&A session addressed issues such as how have you benefited from being mentored over your career? What skills does a mentor need to possess in order to be effective? How should a mentee approach being mentored to maximise the benefits? and What are the additional merits of engaging with an external mentor?

The panel also touched upon whether mentoring is just for your remedial performers, if external mentoring is only for C suite or senior executives and assuming it’s confidential, what feedback the sponsoring organisation should expect.

Click the links below to get a taster of some of the topics discussed from the evening:

The event was an audience participation event, and it was great that attendees came armed with questions!

We were surrounded by our Mentors and corporate clients and enjoyed excellent wine, beer, canapés and bowl food. Guests enjoyed a selection including:

  • Chicken Saltimbocca, Sage and Onion pesto
  • Cheesy Polenta Fritters with a chilli-ketchup dip
  • Pea and Mint Aranchini
  • Watermelon, Parma Ham, Feta and Mint
  • Smoked Salmon Pate Crostata and cress
  • Zucchini Involtini, Edamame and mint
  • Smoked Aubergine on Tostado

Our venue was Wallacespace Spitalfields, a modern venue in the City of London. Just a 2 minute walk from Liverpool Street station and the bustling street markets of East London, Wallacespace provides a creative, dynamic environment and has a retro, space-race theme running through the building.

As a team, we are hugely proud of a number of things, including

  • Recruiting a diverse pool of external mentors across different industries
  • The application of technology and launching our mentoring app for a mentee to select a mentor based on style and topic

It was an evening of robust but illuminating and entertaining conversation.

To register for our mentoring app, please click here


Liz Sebag-Montefiore

Liz Sebag-Montefiore is a Co-Founder and Director of 10Eighty. With over 15 years of business experience, I have an extensive and impressive blue chip client base. I have worked with numerous firms working in partnership with the client to understand their needs. My current role involves managing relationships with clients, developing new business, and coaching individuals in their career. I really enjoy meeting new people and have strong client relationship and networking skills. I am passionate about coaching as a means to motivate individual performance and believe that proactive career coaching will set direction, bolster employee engagement and self-confidence.

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