Our Mentoring Programme


LGBT Great has connected 300 + people, across 40+ firms, spanning 12 countries.

LGBT Great’s mission is to create the largest community of accessible mentees and mentors within financial services and business. The programme works by connecting talent across different organisations and regions worldwide. 

Our mentoring programme is a tried and tested outreach tool created by LGBT Great to inspire LGBT+ talent and allies. Bringing together the current and next generation of LGBT+ folks and allies to learn from each other, empowering both mentors and mentees to thrive.  

Empowering LGBT+ Talent to Thrive


Develop and expand your career skills and thinking.


Learn strategies for overcoming your challenges and barriers.


Increase your access to leadership and help them understand LGBT+ identities.


Gain a structured approach to your personal development.


Grow your visibility as a Project 1000 Role Model within our industry.

What do our participants have to say?





My mentor is such a brilliant mentor. He has immediately helped me to set up a path towards achieving what I want to achieve and he is personable, experienced and emotionally intelligent. Thank you for setting up this for me - it will help me take my career to a new level.” LGBT Great Mentee

“My mentor is absolutely fantastic. I thoroughly enjoy discussing with him on a monthly basis & receive amazing advice and guidance. One of the best mentors I have had in terms of my career.” LGBT Great Mentee

"Mentoring provides a valuable opportunity for learning for both mentees and the mentors. The LGBT Great mentoring programme successfully connected me a mentee from another organisation and the experience has been highly rewarding. We had a very constructive relationship and I was able to act as a sounding board for some career decisions they were considering and help them think through their next steps. At the same time, my mentee was very open to sharing their experience of identifying as non-binary in the workplace – and always encouraged me to ask them questions, which really helped further my understanding of that community.” LGBT Great Mentor, Karin Cook, Chief Operating Officer, Quilter



How long does a mentoring cycle last?

Whilst mentoring can bridge relationships which can last forever, LGBT Great recommends that each mentoring cycle runs for 12 months. This is not binary and can be determined by either party involved.  

How is the effectiveness of the programme assessed?

Post an individual cycle, mentoring pairings are role modelled through our regular ‘Member Spotlight’ across our social media channels, with agreement from both parties. Both parties will also complete a short evaluation survey and the data insights are then provided to members. 

What is expected from a mentee?

Being a member mentee is a hugely rewarding process. The role of the mentee is to connect and develop a mentoring relationship with the mentor; develop a clear understanding about what they seek from the programme; and to be open and honest about their challenges and opportunities at work.