Reach Mentoring Launches Second Cohort in Support of Women’s Professional Development in Bahrain


Diverse group of cross sector mentors and mentees join programme following successful first year

Reach Mentoring, the first non-profit organisation dedicated to mentoring and leadership of women professionals in the Middle East, will establish its second cohort in Bahrain at the Mentorship Forum Middle East taking place on 25 November 2019.

In collaboration with Bahrain-based consultancy FinMark Communications, the programme will provide mentorship to a new cohort of professional women, equipping them with the skills needed to succeed in the Middle East workplace. The first cohort established in Bahrain in 2018 saw 14 women professionals across a number of sectors successfully complete the programme. The second cohort welcomes a further 20 women into the Reach programme, with a seasoned group of mentors committed to guiding their career progression. The launch of the second cohort has been strategically timed to take place at the Mentorship Forum Middle East, a first of its kind regional event, in order to showcase the important role that mentorship can play in driving talent development, and the contribution that Reach is making in Bahrain and across the region.

Established in the Dubai International Financial Centre in 2013, today Reach provides programmes in the UAE, Bahrain, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. More than 300 professional women have been matched with male and female mentors from all industry sectors and completed the year-long programme. Within the Reach programme, mentors and mentees are paired through a specialised online platform that enables algorithm matching by aligning their interests, goals, objectives, communication styles, development objectives and personality traits.

Founding Board Member of Reach Mentoring Racha Alkhawaja, commented, “We are delighted to establish the second cohort of the Reach Mentoring programme in Bahrain, following a successful launch last year. While the region is making huge steps towards empowering women in the workplace, mentorship still plays a key role in the corporate world, helping to bridge the gender divide. Gender disparity in the workplace is a reality across the world, and means that it can be a lonely place for women, whether at the start of their careers or at the pinnacle of their success – our aim is to empower women with the guidance and support of a trusted mentor.”