Call for Mentees & Mentors Now Open!

14th Edition of the Equilibrium Mentoring Programme for Women Starts in September 2024.

Join Equilibrium and take control of your career path!

Equilibrium, a mentoring programme for women in business, non-profit and other strands of their working lives, is at the forefront of empowering and supporting women in their personal and professional endeavors. Our goal is to foster an inclusive and nurturing environment where women can thrive, break barriers, and achieve their full potential.

Since the programme’s inception in 2011 our community has expanded to over 1200 Mentors & Mentees creating a vast alumni base of experts and business leaders. Start your mentoring journey with a Mentor that will be matched according to preferences and take control of your career path!

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Meet our Mentors

Petr Šmíd

Country Marketing Manager

Magdaléna Wavle

Director People & Property

Robert Campbell

Managing Director, Head of Prague Technology Centre
Barclays Investment Bank

Alžběta Králová

Founder & Managing Partner
IPM Consulting, s.r.o.

Katarína Navrátilová

Chief Executive Officer
Tesco Stores ČR

Lenka Žlebková

Prague Congress Centre

Zuzana Dvořáková – Čechová

Senior Business Development Manager
White & Case LLP

Lucie Edwards

Group Chief People Officer
Home Credit International

Ivana Makalová Dlouhá

Market director KFC Czech & Austria
AmRest s.r.o.

Anita Valíková

Brand Business Director

Kateřina Bursíková Jacques

Executive Director
Sněmovní 7

Danuše Nerudová

Economist and former rector 
Mendel University in Brno

Karolína Schreiberová

Operations Executive
Park Lane International School

Ivan Sagál

Managing Partner CZ&SK
Bird & Bird LLP

Lydia Warren

Senior Director EMEA Pack
LEGO Group

Jitka Němečková

Corporate Affairs Director

Dita Stejskalová

Business Director & Partner
Ogilvy Czech

Darina Vaněčková

Chief Risk Officer
REICO investiční společnost České spořitelny, a.s.

Adam Wojtovič

Managing Partner & Coach
Eschola, v.o.s.

Lola Onipko

Head of Marketing

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Our Journey

  • 2011

    Launch of Equilibrium with 12 mentoring couples.

  • 2014

    Equilibrium started to offer Educational workshops for both Mentors and Mentees focusing on personal development.

  • 2015

    Launch of Happy Hours networking event with inspirational stories shared by leaders in the international and Czech community.

  • 2016

    Milestone reached of 100 mentoring couples taking part in the Equilibrium programme. Happy Hours networking event rebranded to a more regular ‘My Story’ event. First Alumni conference organised with the inspiring Manal Al Sharif (Saudi women’s rights activist) as keynote speaker.

  • 2017

    Launch of the Equilibrium Steering Committee in Prague. Dream –  Dare – Share became the motto for the Equilibrium Mentoring Programme.

  • 2018

    Equilibrium branches out to other regions in the Czech Republic with Ostrava and Brno regional coordinators joining the Steering Committee. The 1st Dream – Dare – Share event takes place with Zimbabwean activist Nyaradzo Mashayamombe.

  • 2019

    Equilibrium hosted its’ second Alumni Conference.

  • 2020

    Equilibrium goes ‘hybrid’. Due to COVID quick pivot to online which helped the expansion of the programme internationally.

  • 2021

    Equilibrium celebrated its’ 10-year anniversary at the British Embassy in Prague.

  • 2022

    Equilibrium starts offering scholarships to Ukrainian women and young professionals.

  • 2023

    Launch of ‘Thursday Taboo Talk’s an online event tackling sensitive topics as part of the BCC DEI initiatives.

Under the Auspices

Our Patron

General Partner

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Testimonials of Equilibrium

I worked on transitioning from the CEO role to the role of medical guarantee and visionary leader & ambassador of Loono. Thanks to my Mentor, this was a smooth process that taught me a lot about myself too. We became not only a Mentor and a Mentee but also close friends.

Kateřina Šédová

Founder & CEO at Loono, Project Manager at Fakultní nemocnice Bulovka

Great outcome of the programme was the perfect match in both years – two amazing Mentors showed me (by example) that it is feasible to have both children & a career in top management. Today I have two kids and am happy as a mother as well as a leader. I learned to trust that dreaming & daring is the right way to be happy and balanced. Additionally, I got permanently inspired, expanded my network, and won friends.

Barbara Straková

Head of Business Excellence at Siemens

A surprising outcome of the programme was that I found an inspiring community of caring and supportive people who are always available to give advice or listen. Some of the people have become my friends since then. I am very grateful for the Equilibrium programme and the impact it has on the cultivation of the business environment.

Yvona Tošnerová

Member of the Board of Directors & Chief Risk Officer at Raiffeisen stavební spořitelna

The most surprising outcome was the impact of my Mentee not only on my professional path, which has been boosted almost immediately but also on my private life and overall life satisfaction, which increased enormously.

Zuzana Dvořáková

Business Development Manager South Eastern Europe at White & Case LLP

The positive outcome of the programme was a new international position in the field I have been working in, spreading my life across 2 cities, opening my eyes to new opportunities in front of me, and having a great partner to discuss work and my role as a woman in a leadership position.

Edita Kudlacova

Head of Radio at European Broadcasting Union

The surprising outcome of the programme was finding out that I can stand on my own feet, plan everything, promote it, and start doing what I enjoy. It was necessary to overcome the great fear, which I was helped by my great Mentor and all workshops that I was able to complete thanks to this programme.

Libuše Langova

Swimming Coach

My Mentor and all the great ladies from the Equilibrium programme supported me and cheered me to find courage and confidence again. Helped me to face and solve problems. Step by step we re-formulated and reconstructed my business activities so I could start again from a better new beginning.

Erika Lori

CEO at Diamond Club

My Mentor enabled me to see the whole picture of myself, my impact, and my potential. It allowed me to rise, shine and enjoy being more visible and authentic. Play BIG. I found my career path and started to define my success.

Simona Šašková

Leadership Coach & Mentor

The surprising outcome of the programme for me was the fact that this whole experience was a total confidence boost. I’ve learned a lot about myself, and my Mentor guided me to realize my full potential. But what was more important – not to be scared to say what I need, what I want, and what I deserve. I’ve always thought that networking is not a thing for me, but this program showed me that networking is one of my natural skills. Lesson learned, even with amazing overlap to my personal life.

Veronika Šimánková

Head of Marketing Region East at ECCO Europe

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Personal benefits

  • Focus on personal growth
  • Higher education platform recognition
  • Career and business opportunities
  • Expansion of professional network
  • External Mentors from various companies
  • Best practice and knowledge sharing
  • Being part of a lovely, caring and supportive community

Benefits for companies

  • Increase in employee motivation and engagement
  • External mentoring programme – very open and safe environment
  • Company sharing of best practice
  • Supportive learning culture
  • Growth and leadership development
  • Range of workshops focusing on soft and hard skills
  • Burn out prevention
  • Value for money with great return on investment

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