WXN and American Express Canada join forces to launch Mentorship Guide to showcase the power of workplace mentorship

New "Mentorship Fundamentals" guide features insights and tips from female executives about fostering lasting mentorship relationships

TORONTO, May 25, 2017 /CNW/ - As part of their ongoing efforts to promote professional mentorship with female executives, the Women's Executive Network (WXN) and American Express Canada have partnered to release "Mentorship Fundamentals," a practical new guide designed to help women start, structure and get the most from their mentorship relationships.

Both organizations believe that mentorship opens up opportunities for professionals at any career stage, from high-powered executives to junior employees. The right mentorship strategy can help an aspiring executive plan a career move, get feedback on a project or expand their professional network.

"Mentorship can be your window to the professional potential you have but just can't see yet. It's one of the best ways for leaders, women in particular, to get the support they need to take their careers to the next level," says Sherri Stevens, Owner and CEO of WXN. "Plus, mentorship is beneficial to both parties involved. The mentee gets advice and the mentor gets a fresh perspective, a personal connection to the next generation."

American Express Canada has made mentorship and sponsorship core components of the organization's work environment, helping to play an important role in its commitment to creating an inclusive culture dedicated to gender diversity and the development and advancement of women.

Thanks in part to the Women at Amex initiative, which involves all levels of the organization, women now represent 60 per cent of all Amex Canada's employees, and 43 per cent of the leadership team, while the board of directors is comprised of 50 per cent women.

"Building and fostering a culture where executives can play a role in nurturing the next generation of promising female talent through mentorship is key, but it isn't always easy to know where to start," says Catherine Finley, Vice President of Human Resources, American Express Canada. "Through our partnership with the Women's Executive Network, we want to continue to spread awareness about the power and impact of mentorship, while encouraging all levels of executives to participate in it either as a mentor or mentee."

"Mentorship Fundamentals" is available as a free download, along with videos of advice from participants in the WXNWisdom Top 100 Mentoring Program.

About the Women's Executive Network (WXN)
At WXN, we inspire smart women to lead. WXN delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our global community of more than 22,000 women, men and their organizations. WXN enables our partners and corporate members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women.

Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada's leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is led by CEO Sherri Stevens, owner of the award-winning, multi-million-dollar Workforce Management Company Stevens Resource Group Inc., which she established in 1990. In 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, followed by London, UK in 2015, creating an international community of female leaders.

About American Express Canada
American Express is a global services company that provides customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. The company provides innovative payment, travel and expense management solutions for individuals and businesses of all sizes. In Canada, American Express proudly employs over 1,600 Canadians, and is the recipient of the 2017 Canada's Best Diversity Employers award for its exceptional workplace diversity, inclusion programs and initiatives to support the career advancement for women.

SOURCE Women's Executive Network

For further information: To schedule interviews with representatives from WXN, American Express Canada or a Top 100 Mentor, please contact: Leah DiRenzo, @Work Program Director, WXN, 416-361-1475 x 224, ldirenzo@wxnetwork.com

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