Mentoring Masterclass

19 July 2016

Mentoring Masterclass with Marie and Ginette

Marie and Ginette brought us a Masterclass on Mentoring: what mentoring is (and isn’t!), and how being a mentor or a mentee can help you in your career.

In this event we also talked more about being involved with the core Aspire Foundation mentoring programme, and helped everyone understand how mentoring can bring an added dimension to their personal development.

We also heard from others in the room who had experience of being a Mentor or Mentee – really interesting stuff!

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Marie Smith

My whole career has been focused on supporting people to be the best they can be benefiting not only themselves, but also the organisations they work for, or with, and their families and friends

During my thirty years in learning and development, leadership and coaching I have worked in and with private, public, higher education and not-for-profit sectors.  I feel very grateful and lucky to work with some amazing and inspirational people and organisations. I established my own leadership development and executive coaching business, SUCCESSMITH, in 2012. I continue to enjoy working with a variety of organisations and individuals to support and co-create transformational change.

My passion is supporting people to understand what success means to them and go for what they really want out of life. I specialise in coaching and facilitating the development of leaders in organisations, departments, and teams. I also work on a one-to-one basis with private individuals.

I particularly enjoy supporting all genders, and particularly women, to define and achieve their ‘life purpose’ by overcoming tangible or imagined obstacles.

I feel very privileged that through SUCCESSMITH and through my work with the Aspiring Women Groups, I am able to support others by ‘being the spark that lights the flame for transformational change’, and this is what makes me smile and gives me a reason to get out of bed in the mornings!

Ginette Tessier

After more than twenty-two years of corporate life, working in marketing and then insight for a variety of organisations, I took the plunge into self-employment in 2014 and set up Acuitas.Limited.

A key part of my decision to start my own business was learning how to increase choice in my life through studying NLP (neuro-linguistic programming: snappy, huh?!). I became qualified as an NLP trainer in 2014 and have since used my learning and experience to help other people turn their challenges into choices.

I run face-to-face training in Business and Management core skills for organisations in and around Dorset, career coaching and mentoring on a one-to-one basis and I also have a passion for online learning, which I explore through providing a professional quality review service for independent online course creators.

When Marie approached me to co-host Aspire Circles Dorset and now Aspiring Women Dorset, I jumped at the chance! Not only was it a great opportunity to work with Marie again (she was one of my interviewers when I joined the RNLI back in 1999!), but having been a volunteer mentor with the Aspire Foundation, I immediately understood the ethos and values of the group.

Apart from co-hosting the Dorset events, I also dabble in website design and build – so if you have any complaints about this website, it’s almost certainly entirely my fault! Feel free to let me know of any issues via

When I’m not running my business, I am usually found walking my rescued five-ish year old Jack Russell/Fox Terrier cross Scamp – who certainly lives up to his name! (That’s most definitely HIS stick, not mine!)

He runs the day-to-day time-keeping of the office when I’m not out delivering training and we’re found most days in Queen’s Park dodging the bad golfers 🙂 Come and say hello if you see us!

Date:                           Tuesday 19 July, 6.30-8.30pm

Venue:                         Studland House, Bournemouth University

Event Cost:                  £16 (includes drinks and light refreshments)