It all started when Belinda met with high school student Nana in 2016 to discuss life, universities and beyond. Belinda found that there was no network in Hong Kong that connects high school girls from all schools (local and international) with women from all paths in life who the girls can consider as a “big sister” and so NextGen Women Network was born. NWN is more than just a mentoring network for high school girls – it’s a community of women helping and learning from each other.
From there NextGen Women Network has evolved to become NextGen Network – a network and community for all high school and university students in Hong Kong. We are very passionate about empowering (young) women and NextGen Women Network will still remain under the NextGen umbrella. In addition, we created
Our mission is to pair high school and university students with their desired mentors and to raise awareness of the impact that mentorship can have in accelerating the early-stage careers of young women and men. NWN offers a platform to engage, learn, connect and share experiences. We encourage students to dream big and be bold.
Young and successful leaders are not raised up in crowds, but through life-on-life mentoring relationships within an empowering community.
We believe that education is the pathway to success. We commit to continuous learning and aspire to model this as champions of our mission.
We foster relationships between our mentors and mentees, our partners, and our members. We seek to build a culture of transparency, empowerment and trust.
We operate from a growth mindset, believing that with hard work, dedication, and the right support, we can develop in ways that bring us closer to achieving our goals.
As a community, we are better and stronger together. We recognize that we are at our best when we leverage diverse backgrounds, unique contributions, and many perspectives.
Almost one-half the world’s population is 25 years old or younger. Ready or not, they will lead our world into the future. Members of Generation Y (Millennials born between 1984-2000) and Generation Z (Centennials born between 2001-2018) are hungry to change the world. NextGen aims to empower them to go out and do so by creating and building a community around these young people where they can learn from each other, become friends and also go out and change the world.
why mentorship matters
We believe that by investing in the next generation of women and men we are helping to shape the architects of a better tomorrow. Mentoring can open doors, inspire, support and encourage people to realise their potential and to achieve their dreams. Mentors can make a profound difference in the lives of their mentee – and in turn, strengthen our communities, economy, and drive social change.
Develop your knowledge and skills
Mentors can help you identify the skills and expertise you need to succeed at school, university, in your career and also in life.
Gain valuable advice
Mentors can offer valuable insights into what it takes to get ahead. They can be your guide and “sounding board” for ideas.
Build your network
Your mentor can offer an opportunity to expand your existing network of personal and professional contacts.
Learn new perspectives
Learn new ways of thinking from your mentor, just as your mentor can learn from you.
The “Glass Ceiling” Is Still an Invisible Barrier Preventing Women from Reaching the Top 6
The Percentage of Women in Senior Roles Is Declining Globally
In 2016–2017, women represented just over a third (38.4%) of all managers in Australia.
Nearly Half of Indian Women Leave the Workforce Between Junior and Middle Management Levels
In Japan, in 2018, just 5% of senior roles were held by women.
In the US, there are fewer women in leadership positions than there are men named John
It’s no secret that women have still not broken the glass ceiling, in some countries, they are still far away from even reaching it. With these shocking statistics and first-hand experience of the corporate world, our founder set the goal to change the status quo. Many women are still not empowered and need help. Help from other women, peers and corporate partners.
We offer a women-only community within NextGen Network to help female students find their voice with the hopes that one day when they’re on top of the career ladder they will remember to send the lift down.
Education opens up a world of possibilities
At the heart of NextGen Network is the belief that education is the pathway to success.
Many students in Hong Kong lack basic soft-skills and basic career education such as “How to write a CV” or “How to shake a hand”. We are passionate about changing the status quo and helping schools and educators to reach the students by understanding their needs and also speaking their language.
We want to show students in Hong Kong and beyond that, there’s more to learn in life beyond your standard school and university hours.
We strongly believe that (basic) education should be free and accessible to everyone and with every fifth person in Hong Kong close to or below the poverty line all of our services including workshops will always be free for students.