Camilla Correa, Human Resources manager, has already gone through mentoring programs and is now a mentor at FCA.
Camilla Correa, Human Resources professional, has been working in the automotive sector for 14 years. At FCA, she started as an HR Analyst in the Industrial area and today is a Human Resources manager. “The challenges, complexity and scope of action have been increasing over time and I have always tried to observe and approach professionals who were a positive reference for the organization”, she says.
As a Mentor of the Program, she says she has already undergone formal and informal mentoring in her professional career. "The opportunity to have a professional to exchange and share experiences with is a catalyst for the career of anyone who wants to develop and grow in a company", she says. "Dedicating myself to this role today is an opportunity to contribute to the career of other professionals."
Elaina believes that, in a mentoring program, not only the mentee benefits, but also the mentor. "It reflects on your own trajectory, you feel valued as a leader and you become a partner in building someone else's success," she says. It’s a vision also shared by Camilla. For her, the role of mentor is associated with learning and self-knowledge.
“The mentor is also an eternal apprentice and the relationship is always one of win-win. By sharing your professional experiences, you access them at a time of greater seniority and professional maturity, generating new insights, boosting mentors and mentees to a greater level of preparedness for new challenges”, reflects Camilla.
The Program’s Paths
The FCA Leadership Development team in Latin America, which manages the Women's Mentoring Program, selected the 30 participants to be mentored taking into account their professional aspirations and career moments. Mentors are directors and senior leaders of the organization, men and women recognized for their ability to help develop people’s potential and their alignment with FCA's leadership principles. The two groups of mentors and mentees- were then paired, according to their profiles, motivations and challenges.
Lau Verissimo, Senior Quality Manager at FCA, is one of the selected mentors. For him, the initiative promotes the sharing of important experiences to consolidate learning. “The pairs can be more direct in identifying gaps and working on them, and exchange specific experiences. In this process, I intend to share ideas, experiences and information on better behavioral and executive management approaches with my mentor”, he says.
The first month of the Program included preparation and engagement actions by the participants, including a chat between mentees and the Human Resources Director of FCA for Latin America, Erica Baldini. In August, participants started an online training path, with mentoring sessions, development workshops and Check-in Laboratories, which is when mentors and mentees give feedback on the Program.
The activities are scheduled to take place all the way till December, and in January the first mentoring cycle ends. “My expectation is that we will actually be able to contribute to the acceleration and construction of these women's careers. May they become references for other women in the organization and that, in the future, the mentors can become mentors”, reflects Marcela.
Words: Luiza Lages
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