about

Lollipop Mentoring

our mission

Maria started her career as a digital delivery consultant working with a vast array of digital agencies and brands spanning the past 20 years. She has spent her career managing, building and nurturing teams and departments, Cultivating teams over the years led Maria to develop a deep passion for mentoring and coaching. She is a member of the BIMA mentoring council and is also Head of Mentorship for Brixton Finishing School.

“I want to ensure that Black women have access to individuals who can help to get them to the next level. I want them to know that they are not alone, there is help.”

Black women face conceived bias’s on their potential, which often leads to a deficiency of talent spotting and therefore lack of career progression. This can result in loss of confidence, increased anxiety, burnout or even leaving their jobs in hopes of success in another company or sector – often with the cycle repeating

our founders

Only 1.4% of managers, directors and senior officials in the UK are black. Even less are Black women. 33% of men said they had a mentor now or in the past, compared with only 28% of women. We know that even less are Black women.

lollipop wants to address the inequity and lack of black female representation in leadership roles and create an equal playing field where Black women can register to gain access to mentors and sponsors from range of different backgrounds.

lollipop seeks to put Black women in touch with experienced mentors who have lived experience or are firm allies who are committed to seeing real actionable change.

 

measurement

lollipop will be surveying mentors and mentees to see how effective our mentoring initiative has been. Our aim is to make measurable and visible change whether it be in satisfaction / well being or career progression.

Maria started her career as a digital delivery consultant working with a vast array of digital agencies and brands spanning the past 20 years. She has spent her career managing, building and nurturing teams and departments, Cultivating teams over the years led Maria to develop a deep passion for mentoring and coaching. She is a member of the BIMA mentoring council and is also Head of Mentorship for Brixton Finishing School.

“I want to ensure that Black women have access to individuals who can help to get them to the next level. I want them to know that they are not alone, there is help.”