SKEMA Alumni, the Women and Business Chair of SKEMA Business School, SKEMA Ventures, and the Force Femmes association organized a reverse mentoring workshop for four women entrepreneurs and members of the Force Femmes association at SKEMA Lille’s KCenter.
Reverse mentoring is a practice which involves utilizing the fresh insights and knowledge of younger members of the team to train the senior members. On February 5, the event began with a pitching session, followed by brainstorming and sharing of essential advice. Five alumni and three students also participated in the event. The objective was simple: supporting four women entrepreneurs in the development of their company.
During the workshop, three mentoring sessions were held where the participants were divided into different teams which included a woman entrepreneur, alumni and a student. The discussions were respectful and the participants benefitted from each other’s feedback. The entrepreneurs were able to gain a third-person perspective through the insights and suggestions provided by the alumni and student experts. This enabled them to draw up a short-term action plan and complete the workshop on a high note. They got back to the development of their project with enthusiasm; some even considered repositioning their activity.
Many thanks to our alumni Alex Sauvage (1988 alumni), founder of Croissance Directe and partner at Interface Entreprises, Laurent Varjacques (2008 alumni), accountant at Sogedex Accessories, Eric Delobel (2011 alumni), co-founder of Take a Chance, Justine Thiriez-Rebold (2011 alumni), associate director at Lemon Interactive, and Tanguy Dubly (2010 alumni), lawyer at Bignon Lebray.
We would also like to thank our students Julie Briaux (M2, Project and Program Management and Business Development), Maxime Rosec (M2, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing), and Franck Héry (L3, Président of Enactus, SKEMA Lille).
SKEMA Ventures is at the disposal of alumni and students who are working on entrepreneurial projects or wondering how they can launch their business idea.