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MENTORS - Jean-Jacques Bérard

“As a company manager, I know how important it is to have someone with whom you can speak freely, without constraints, on a range of subjects and sometimes to receive advice.”

Eve Magnant, Mentor

“Mentoring is not for beginners. You have to find the right method for each person and each company. The mentor sees what he can bring to the relationship depending on his own experience. Mentoring is really a customized activity.”

Jean-Jacques Bérard

 

Jean-Jacques Bérard, Co-Founder Executive Interim Management and serial entrepreneur

Why I became a WBMI mentor

“I’ve always done mentoring because at EIM, I supported a number of CEOs as they took over their posts. When Martine had the idea of setting up WBMI, I agreed to be one of the mentors as I really want to help young people! I’ve always been an entrepreneur. Of course I made mistakes but you learn by talking with others.”

How WBMI mentor/mentee relationships are structured

“Each mentee is chosen by a panel on the strength of her application, and the mentor/meetee pairs are created by affinity. You have to find the right method for each person and each company. The mentor sees what s/he can bring to the relationship depending on their own experience. Mentoring is really a customized activity.”

Highlights of my WBMI mentoring experience

“I have mentored three entrepreneurs and have had strong professional relationships with them. The first mentee had a business that was working reasonably well, so my mentoring was directed more to her personal life than to her company. I helped the second mentor develop a vision and strategy for her company and to imagine her organization above the operational level. I guided my third mentee in strategy and gave her theoretical grounding in management and how to run a company.”

See also:
Eve Magnant, Vice President and Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Publicis Groupe