Created in 2017, Women@Dior is a unique international mentoring program that has coached over 500 young women. The participants are selected from the best business, engineering, art and fashion schools spanning across 13 different countries such as France, the UK, China and Australia just to name a few. They are guided by their Dior Men- tors as they take their first steps in their careers and whilst they build their professional experience both in France and abroad.
As a Dior Partner University, you play a crucial role in the success of the initiative by spotting the best Talents able to join the program. As you know, Women@Dior is an invaluable opportunity for the students you have selected to unlock their potential by developing their self-awareness, being encouraged to dare for the career of their dreams, and to join a unique network based on sorority.
Today, Women@Dior is made up of a community of 500 promising talents & this number will increase up to 1000 this year. It is both an exclusive and inclusive community, with its doors open to men who wish to mentor as well. Students are paired with their mentor, who can be either a woman or a man from the Maison, based on their mutual compatibility.
A major step in 2020 is the exciting partnership between Dior and UNESCO, established to nurture a common ambition for an “Inclusive Leadership for a Sustainable Future”. This partnership will pave the way for leading-edge online courses on a wide range of topics such as self-awareness, women’s empowerment, creativity, entrepreneurship, sustainability, as well as diversity and inclusion. The closing of this program will be marked by a global conference taking place in Paris in December 2020. The best projects developed by the participants may also be eligible to be incubated by different LVMH programs.
“This program has really inspired the young women. For us real life involves competing, dreaming and loving. I’m so happy to have met so many talented women from around the world and to have learnt something from them. I hope there will be more contact in the future and that we can build a bridge between women from different countries.”
Thank you for giving us such a marvellous experience at the launch. It was a real pleasure to learn a bit of Maison Dior’s history. I would like to thank all the people I met during the program for their reception and their exceptional care which was far beyond what I was expecting.”
“I was very impressed with how us students were treated by both Maison Dior and their mentors. It was formal and polite. More importantly everyone had a respectful attitude towards each other. Even though I’m only a young student and participating as a mentee, each supervisor and mentor had a positive attitude and was open to what I said and asked. The atmosphere was both formal and luxurious and I really felt Dior’s trademark image. It was a precious experience.”
“The Women@Dior event was such an amazing and formative experience. The workshops and speakers at the event really put into perspective the unique challenges and triumphs that we face as women in the workforce and how we can overcome societal barriers to make our mark on the world. These lessons, as well as the strong connections I was able to make with fellow mentees and mentors, made for a truly unforgettable experience.”
Women@Dior is an invitation-only program. All participants are selected based on three criteria: talent, ambition and generosity. They are all young women full of promise and potential who study at one of Dior’s partner universities and are available to attend the global conference in Paris on December 2020. Above all, they are all united in the notion that their professional success is related to the sorority. This year, Dior is also proud to announce that there will be a special focus on granting scholarships in order to allow everyone the chance to participate.
The recruitment campaign is now over. Applications for 2021 will open in the beginning of next year.
“Women, who have such strong natural instinct, must have understood that I not only dreamed of making them more beautiful, but also happier.”Monsieur Christian Dior, « Christian Dior and I »