Reading Girl Geek Dinners – Mentoring Event

Reading Girl Geek Dinners will be holding our next event on 18th July, 2012 on Copa Bar, Reading. The event will commence at 7:00pm and and our guest speaker will be discussing Jacqui Hogan of MentorSET who will be discussing Mentoring.

Our Sponsors

Reading Girl Geek Dinners welcomes Apple Print Limited as our sponsor for this event.

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Thanks to Apple Print Limited, our event will be free.


MentorSET is a successful mentoring scheme to help women working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). We provide independent mentors who understand the challenges faced and who can provide support and advice.

MentorSET aims to increase the number of women who can maintain their STEM careers, and realise their full potential.

Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool. It is an effective way of helping people to progress in their careers and is becoming increasing popular as its potential is realised. It is a partnership between two people (mentor and mentee) normally working in a similar field or sharing similar experiences. It is a helpful relationship based upon mutual trust and respect.

A mentor is a guide who can help the mentee to find the right direction and who can help them to develop solutions to career issues. Mentors rely upon having had similar experiences to gain an empathy with the mentee and an understanding of their issues. Mentoring provides the mentee with an opportunity to think about career options and progress.

A mentor should help the mentee to believe in herself and boost her confidence. A mentor should ask questions and challenge, while providing guidance and encouragement. Mentoring allows the mentee to explore new ideas in confidence. It is a chance to look more closely at yourself, your issues, opportunities and what you want in life. Mentoring is about becoming more self aware, taking responsibility for your life and directing your life in the direction you decide, rather than leaving it to chance.

About our guest speaker: 

The speaker is Jacqui Hogan, who has managed the MentorSET scheme since March last year. Originally studying Architecture and working as a building surveyor she has, for the last 30 or so years, worked in a variety of technical and managerial roles in the IT industry. Jacqui has experience with a wide variety of sectors including local government, oil rig design, electronics, civil engineering, pharmaceuticals, utilities, telecoms and entrepreneurs. She is an experienced mentor and speaker, and has worked as an independent consultant for the past 9 years.

She is qualified in both IT (MBCS, CITP) and Business Management (MBA, FCMI), and is a self-confessed Girl Geek.

Within the Girl Geek movement, we are also working to promote mentoring and are now undertaking the steps to offer mentoring to our community. Please visit us at to find out more.

Full Event Details:

  • Date & Time: Wednesday,18th July 2012, 6:30pm arrive for a 7pm start
  • End Time: Late
  • Venue: Copa, Reading
  • Hosted by: Reading Girl Geek Dinners
  • Food & Drink: Buffet (vegetarians catered for); buy your own drinks
  • Subject for the evening: Mentoring with our special guest speaker Jacqui Hogan of MentorSET.
  • Format: Reception, Mentoring Discussion, Buffet.
  • Capacity: 50 people
  • Attendees: As ever, Boy Geeks are welcome to attend if invited by a Girl Geek.
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration for this event will close on11th July.

If you’d like to attend on 18th July, please sign up via the Register button, and we’ll see you at the event!


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