Women Leadership & Sustainability Education Program

WOMEN@DIOR,
A UNIQUE PROGRAM

Created in 2017, Women@Dior is a unique international mentoring & educational program that has coached and helped blossom thousands of young women all over the world. The program is a unique occasion to learn what is not taught: self-confidence and to dare for your career destiny. The participants are selected from the best business, engineering, art and fashion schools spanning across almost 25 different countries such as France, China, Nigeria, Kenya, Costa Rica, Brazil, Iran and Bangladesh just to name a few. Through the educational program, they are trained by inspiring leaders and stakeholders on several themes such as gender equality and women’s leadership for a sustainable future. The Mentees will be guided by their Dior Mentors as they take their first steps in their careers and whilst they build their professional experience.

Each Mentee/Mentor duo shares an exclusive relationship and are matched through an innovative approach based on their compatibility.

The program is built on 4 core values :

  • Autonomy is necessary to reach one’s full potential, essential in thinking, creating and self-affirmation. Know yourself to be empowered, trust yourself to thrive, affirm yourself to succeed and become the owner of your career destiny.
  • Inclusion has been a fundamental value of Christian Dior Couture from the very beginning. The most inclusive companies are the ones that last, thriving on the diversity of this world and its Talents, both humanly and culturally, by making sure everyone feel safe and empowered to be able to perform at their best.
  • Creativity is at the heart of Christian Dior Couture. Creativity is essential when it comes to envisaging solutions that are different, innovative and stimulating.
  • Sustainability includes preserving the diversity and beauty of our planet and the people that inhabit it, regardless of one’s origins or social background. It’s time to create value and transform sustainability, reimagine existing business models and redefine the status quo on sustainability issues.

WOMEN@DIOR: WOMEN LEADERSHIP & SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION PROGRAM

This initiative highlights the crucial importance of education in imagining a more sustainable and united world. Through the exchange of knowledge, this program will enable young women to build a better future by developing their autonomy.

Combining high standards and excellence, this multilayered and ethically conscious year-long program is open to +500 international students and is based on the four core values of Women@Dior – Autonomy, Inclusion, Creativity and Sustainability, which are taught through exclusive courses led by professors chosen from some of the world’s most prestigious institutions, including Central Saint Martins in London, Bocconi University in Milan, and HEC and Centrale Supélec in Paris.

Following the coursework, participants are invited to put what they have learnt into practice by creating a project that supports the empowerment of young girls - the “Dream for Change” project. The most impactful projects will be eligible to receive support from the House of Dior and the LVMH group.


THE 4 FOUNDATIONS OF THE PROGRAM

  • A unique mentoring program to accompany young women to become tomorrow’s leaders under the guidance of a promising Dior Talent (either a woman or a man).
  • A state-of-the-art online education program empowering young women to imagine and build a more sustainable and responsible future through exclusive courses led by professors chosen from some of the world’s most prestigious institutions.
  • A local and concrete project to put learnings into practice by creating an initiative that supports the empowerment of young girls: the Dream for Change project.
  • A community based on sorority connected by locally-activated events and supported by an online group

WOMEN@DIOR AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF UNESCO’S GLOBAL EDUCATION COALITION

Dior joined UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition in 2020 on World Youth Skills Day, becoming the first couture house to do so, by opening its Women@Dior program to over 200 talented young female students from Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Jamaica, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. It is a concrete commitment to give disadvantaged young women around the world the opportunity to receive an education, which is of utmost importance when taking into account society’s stakes and the global health crisis.

“Talent is universal, but opportunity is not, especially for a generation of young women whose education has been severely affected by the pandemic. By joining the Global Coalition with an initiative that empowers and carries promise for the future, the Dior couture house is sending a strong message of commitment and confidence, giving young women from disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to fulfill their dreams”

Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education

TESTIMONIES MENTEES

“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.”

TIMELINE 2021

Global E-Conference
March 2021
The mentoring
Mentorship of all Mentees thanks to the coaching and support of promising Dior talents.
All Year
The women Leadership & Sustainability Education Platform
A dedicated platform featuring +15 courses designed exclusively for Mentees by a panel of renowned professors and personalities around the four core values of autonomy, inclusion, creativity and sustainable development.
May – September 2021
The Dream for Change Project
Following theoretical coursework, launch of a practical case study so that Mentees put what they learned into practice by creating a local and concrete project that supports the empowerment of young girls.
October -February 2022
The inspiring Meet-Up
Mentees are able to meet with outstanding public figures to discuss women’s empowerment and gender equality.
All year
Women @ Dior Paris

RECRUITMENT PROCESS

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 are united in the notion that their professional success is related to the sorority.

  • The easiest way to apply and be selected for the program is through Dior Partner Universities. The preliminary selection is carried out by the university which is then reviewed and approved by the Dior HR team and Mentors.
  • Students who are not from one of the Partner Universities can also apply to take part in the initiative online by outlining their motivation and demonstrating their uniqueness on womenatdior.com

Applications for 2021 Women@Dior have now closed. Please visit our website again at the end of the year for more information regarding the 2022 intake.

“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 »