Inspire the next generation

Please note applications to be a mentor have now closed! We look forward to welcoming a range of mentors and mentees to Aviva Studios in March.

We are looking for women and non-binary mentors with all sorts of different expertise – from science to media, tech to sport, politics to art. Whether you’re a freelancer, CEO or you’ve had a complete career change, we want to hear from you.

This unique one-to-one experience is an amazing chance to meet young people of all different backgrounds and ages, who are looking to you to be inspired, uplifted and supported.

You are invited as a mentor to talk about your experiences, choices and how you got to where you are today. No previous experience is required.

Mentors will get the chance to meet several young people across two 45-minute sessions. Your insight, advice, guidance and inspiration will leave mentees feeling empowered to pursue their goals.

This event is part of the WOW Girls Festival, which is touring the UK on a custom-designed WOW Bus, reaching young people in the heart of their communities.

WOW Speed Mentoring takes place on Friday 1 March 2024.


If you would like to join as a mentor, please complete our simple online registration form.

Form opens – Wednesday 30 January

Form closes – Thursday 15 February, 12pm

How does the event work?

Mentors are invited to take part in the morning and/or afternoon session.

Within each session, there will be a briefing, followed by two 45-minute speed-mentoring sessions. You will be partnered with a mentee for a 15-minute seated conversation. After 15 minutes, you’ll swap to a new mentee, having a total of three conversations during the session.

9–9.15am: Mentor welcoming and briefing 09.15

9.30–10.15am: Speed mentoring mentee group 1

10.15–10.20am: Break

10.20–11.05am: Speed mentoring mentee group 2

12–12.15pm: Mentor welcome and briefing

12.30–1.15pm: Speed mentoring mentee group 1

1.15–1.20pm: Break

1.20–2.05pm: Speed mentoring mentee group 2


  • A briefing pack and on-the-day briefing to make sure all mentors feel confident and supported
  • A facilitated experience for mentors to meet and support young people from a range of backgrounds from across Greater Manchester
  • Support with BSL interpretation for anyone who might require this – please email if you have any access requirements

● Complete the online registration form by 15 February 2024

● Commit to taking part at Aviva Studios in either the morning and/or afternoon session

● Read the briefing notes in advance and take part in the on-the-day briefing

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