From Imposter to Empowerer: How a Network Ignited Women’s Potential

Kirti Shah

Head of Economics, UCS Hampstead & Lead, The Mentoring Network

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For many years, I grappled with imposter syndrome. Growing up in a single-parent household and navigating my ethnicity and gender made me feel like I didn’t belong. Despite achieving academic success and a fulfilling career both in and outside of Education, the feeling of being an outsider persisted.


The Power of the Network and Shared Experiences

The mentoring network has become a game-changer, not just for me, but for countless others.

This network has provided us with:

The true power of the network is in fostering courage and propelling women to reach their full potential. It’s about dismantling the barriers that hold us back and unleashing a wealth of talent.

This quote captures why so many women give up their time to be mentors:

Growth and Impact of the Network

The network, which began with just a handful of colleagues three years ago, has grown organically, reaching over 200 members. Our annual conference is not to be missed – the energy and collegiality in the room is unique.

But the following messages say it better than I:

I just wanted to thank you for the event. Excellent speakers, stunning venue and wonderful sparkling company! So much energy and expertise in one room. Thank you wholeheartedly.
What an incredible event! It was an absolute privilege to be part of it and to experience the sheer energy and passion of the attendees and also of the inspirational speakers. It was an energising and reflective way to start the academic year.
I enjoyed the meeting so much! It was a huge achievement to pull off and the atmosphere was so welcoming, supportive and helpful. You have created something really special. I feel very grateful to be part of this scheme and I look forward to what happens next.
I wanted to say thank you for this most wonderful event. I was inspired by the speakers but also by the tenacious women in the room: incredible stories, determination and drive. Thank you.

If you’re interested in joining the Mentoring Network, then please email [email protected] with your name and contact information.


12 March 2024