European pilot project for developing

     an International Mentor Programme


Leonardo da Vinci


North, East and South will meet

Values and experiences from different parts of

Europe will meet and create a powerful mixture,

as The Mentor-Athena Project is introducing a

co-operation between organisations in:

–   Estonia

–   Latvia

–   Lithuania

–   Belgium

–   Poland

–   The Czech Republic

–   Spain

–   Sweden


Target group

The target group of The Mentor-Athena Project

is business women and women managers in

organisations in Estonia, Latvia, Lituania, Poland

and The Czech Republic.



– to create and develop new opportunities and

contacts in workinglife

– to build networks between Eastern and

Western Europe



– Equal opportunities in an international field

– Female and male management

– Possibilities and obstacles in professional workinglife

– Culture in business in different countries

– East and West Europe co-operation



– A new process of international mentoring

with experiences’ from the Minerva

Foundation Regional Mentorprogramme.


National and regional partnership

support and co-operation

– Women organisations

– County Council

– County Administration

– Other non-governmental organisations

– Private enterprises


The overall aim for the project

– to increase a united attitude to equal opportunities

– to develop womens’ leadership

– European co-operation



– in co-operation with a Swedish University

– the evaluation starts from the beginning-

a process evaluation


The Mentor-Athena Project is a Pilot Project

within the Leonardo da Vinci Programme of the

European union.


The Mentor-Athena Project is initiated by

Stiftelsen Minerva – Minerva Foundation; promoting

and developing women’s knowledge and competence

in Dalarna, Sweden.


The organisations co-operating in The Mentor-Athena

Project are all – in different aspects – engaged in women’s      development and European networking. Organisations      participating in The Mentor-Athena Project:

– Minerva Foundation, Sweden

– Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic

– Consultores Expertos en Sistemas Avavzados, Spain

– Association Praga Economical Corporation, Poland

– Women’s Training Centre, Estonia

– EWMD International, Belgium

– Latvian National Women’s League, Latvia

– Lithuanian Woman in Business and Management Society


Project Management

Mrs Marianne Wallfelt, Co-ordinator

Mrs Margareta Eklund, Project Manager

Minerva Foundation

Kyrkbacksvägen 8, 791 33 Falun, Sweden

Tel. +46 23 15911, Mobil: +46 708 40 32 80 (M.Wallfelt),

+46 70 55 77 378 (M.Eklund) , fax +46 23 69780


Website: http:\\

Address in Brussels: Amazone, rue du Meridien 10

Tel. +32 2 229 38 00     fax + 32 2 229 38 01






Title: Pilot project to develop the carrier for women in Eastern and Western Europe by mentoring (Mentor – Athena).


The target group for this project is women who are in the position to develop a carrier and need the support to increase  the knowledge about equal opportunities and culture in Europe. The intention is to create new tools for women leadership in Europe on base of experiences from east and west. The aim is to increase the competence level and to make it possible for the participants to create their own possibilities from an equal opportunity perspective. The participants will get a network on the European level useful for business and personal experience.

The focus of the project is to use the competence from the mentors to develop the possibilities for the women in the target group.


The overall aim for the project is to support  co-operation between nationalities and learn from the experience from the eight countries about male and female leadership.

The method will be a programme in three steps:

  1. Five women (mentees) are selected from each country. They will have a diagnose for how to develop their carrier. They analyse their situation and possibilities in working life and make a plan and profile of the mentor. (The mentor, man or woman, is a person who is helping and guiding the mentee).
  2. Mentors from different countries are selected to suite the profiles.
  3. A programme with seminars, individual trainee-programme and a personal plan for the target group during one and a half year. A useful network to develop the carrier will also be established.

The results will be business and personal networks all over Europe. The women in the target group will find new ways of how to develop the conditions in working life to find a carrier and get knowledge about how to understand equal opportunities in practice.