Mentoring Program

Each year of Turn the Tide, a free facilitated Mentor Program will help women progress in their careers in the seafood industry.

The program matches women at all career stages with mentors experienced in business and the sector. The Affectus team will work alongside you to support along the way.

Meet the Mentor Program Cohort

Why is mentoring important?

Mentoring is a planned pairing of a more experienced person with a lesser skilled individual for the purpose of achieving mutually agreed outcomes. It is a partnership in which both individuals share in a growth process and the personal development of one another.

What is Turn the Tide mentoring?

The Turn the Tide mentoring program places two people together to learn from each other. A mentor and mentee will be skilled, profiled and paired together for a 12-month program.
The mentoring pairs will be provided with skills sessions and materials to ensure that the mentoring relationship is productive and supportive.


2024 Turn the Tide Mentoring Program applications have now closed. The program will run again in 2025, sign up to the newsletter to stay informed. 

We are looking for mentors and mentees to participate. 

The program will match women at all stages of their careers with mentors, and we will be with you to support you both along the way. 

The mentoring program is online and free for WISA members. 

Time commitment to the program:

  • There are two 4hr formal workshops. One at the start of the program on the 5th March 2024 and the second one at the end of the program on the 5th November 2024.
  • Every 2 months there will be drop in sessions online for participants to ask questions or brainstorm with the Affectus team.
  • Every alternate month interesting and relevant material will be provided to participants to help enhance their mentoring partnership.
  • Mentors and mentees have access to a program portal with resources
  • We recommend that mentoring meetings take place at a minimum of once a month and each meeting is no longer than 1 hour. This, however, is ultimately for the pair to decide and commit to at the commencement of the mentor partnership.


Key dates :

Mentor and Mentee Meeting (Mandatory) 5 March 2024 10:00am – 2:00pm AEDT
Mentor Drop In Session 1 26 March 2024 12:00pm – 1:30pm AEDT
Mentor Drop In Session 2 21 May 2024 12:00pm – 1:30pm AEST
Mentor Drop In Session 3 16 July 2024 12:00pm – 1:30pm AEST
Mentor Drop In Session 4 17 Sept 2024 12:00pm – 1:30pm AEST
Mentor Drop In Session 5 5 Nov 2024 12:00pm – 1:30pm AEDT
Mentor and Mentee Meeting (Mandatory) 10 Dec 2024 10:00am – 2:00pm AEDT

What is mentoring? 

If you want to find out more about the program, watch the recording of the information session here!

What you will learn in the ‘What is mentoring’ session:

  • What is mentoring? 
  • What is a mentor?
  • What is a mentee?
  • Knowns and unknowns
  • Options – Your roles and clarification
  • Ideas – Success factors
  • Strategies – Managing the people


If you have any questions or would like to know more, please read the Program Overview and FAQs brochure or contact the team:

Jill Briggs, Affectus

Heidi Mumme, Affectus

Malinda Moreton, WISA

Kirsten Abernethy, WISA

2023 / 2024 PARTICIPANTS

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