Diversity and inclusion have always been at the core of L’Oréal’s values and this is why we have been collaborating with Capital Filles, a French association committed to young girls’ empowerment, as early as 2011.
The initiative is simple: a professional woman (in this case, the L’Oréal mentor) offers professional advice and guidance to a young woman enrolled in high school (the mentoree) over the course of one academic year. The agenda? Real, concrete, and honest professional guidance, discussions, and explorations of future career possibilities, interactions with professional networks, and more! One of the goals is to break gender and socio-cultural stereotypes and encourage girls to pursue fields such as the sciences, technology and engineering #WomenInSTEM.
Last year, over a hundred L’Oréal professionals participated in the adventure and formed meaningful bonds with the young women they mentored. One of our mentors, Ivana, expressed: “I am delighted to have been able to offer guidance to these young women as a big sister”. Sandrine also shared that “It was a great opportunity to accompany an exceptional young woman as she steps into adulthood”.
At the end of the academic year, both Ivana and Sandrine participated in a photo shoot with their mentorees, which was then turned into a photo exhibit in line with the diversity and inclusion commitments of the Group. Looking at the photos (and witnessing the laughs during the photoshoot) one can only smile at their complicity.
Some of the biggest reported victories have been to see these young girls gain more self-confidence and independence, get their high school diplomas and apprenticeships, and gain clarity about their career paths. Funnily enough, some mentors even came out of this experience with newly acquired skills: the mastery of WhatsApp slangs as well as the art of emojis!