Mentee Testimonials – The Athena Mentoring Program

Applications for The Athena Mentoring Program are open again! Are you still considering to send in your application? To make your decision easier, let’s now dive into the perspectives of our 2022 cohort mentees as they share their experiences working with our esteemed mentors.

Olivia Conroy-Smith
Senior Product Strategy Analyst at Liberty Global

“In today’s fast-paced and dynamic professional world, mentorship programs can provide invaluable resources for personal and career development. Recently, I have been lucky enough to be part of the WICT Athena Mentoring Program, which has made a profound impact in the industry with its commitment to empower women in technology and communications.

Approximately six months ago, I, a driven professional at Liberty Global, was paired with the mentor Lewis White, an accomplished Sales VP for Europe from CommScope. Within the past six months, I have had the opportunity to reflect, learn, grow and thrive under Lewis’ invaluable guidance.

Within the supportive parameters of the WICT Athena Mentoring Program, I was able to discuss my goals, challenges, and aspirations with someone outside the Liberty Global organisation. Lewis, with his wealth of experience, shared valuable insights, offered practical advice, and helped me to navigate the complexities of the industry.

I am truly grateful for the knowledge I have gained during this mentorship; From honing in on my leadership capabilities to understanding industry trends, I now feel more confident and well-equipped to excel in my career.

The WICT Athena Mentoring Program continues to empower women in technology and telecommunications by fostering meaningful connections and facilitating the exchange of knowledge. Hopefully my journey with Lewis serves as a testament to the program’s commitment to cultivating future leaders and driving diversity in the industry.

In conclusion, the WICT Athena Mentoring Program has proven to be an exceptional opportunity for professionals like myself to learn, grow, and forge valuable connections. With mentors like Lewis, the program offers an unparalleled experience that equips mentees with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the competitive world of technology and telecommunications. I’d very much recommend the program and wish best wishes to future mentors and mentees!”

Marcella Brambilla
Customer Excellence Manager at CommScope

“I had started mentorship program with one idea (more work related) but my mentor (Dave Loerts, Vodafone Ziggo) suggested a different approach, with a broader view: importance of keeping an open mind on career development. Dave always shared useful tips, experiences and an alternative point of view. What I have liked most: the calm attitude and clear thinking and eventually to be challenged outside my comfort zone!”

Jisha Joy
Product Owner at Liberty Global

As part of the mentorship program, I was paired with a mentor from Liberty Global, an expert in regulatory and public policy. The sessions helped me gain a new perspective on things which was very useful. His guidance and insightful comments have been invaluable, and I am truly grateful for the knowledge that I have gained.

This process has helped me gain a great sounding board that I can rely on when needed as I move forward with my career.

These testimonials illustrate the personal and reciprocal nature of mentoring relationships, where mentors grow alongside their mentees as both parties actively invest in the process. Apply for The Athena Mentoring Program now at

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