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MeNTOR. MeNTee .
Each month we talk to a pair who have
participated in the AHRI mentoring program.
mentor: MARYANNE DUGGAN
CURReNT JOB TITLe: ORGANISATIONAL
DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT, NSW OFFICE OF
FINANCE AND SERVICES (OFS)
mentee: ROCHELLE RUTMAN MAHRI
Current JOB TITLE: NATIONAL
DIVERSITY SENIOR CONSULTING, DELOITTE
Q teLL us aBout your Current
roLe, eduCatIon and Career
I work in equity and diversity where
I develop programs and policy
for diversity groups. key current
projects include the development
of a gender equity strategy and a
women’s mentoring program for
regional women. I have a masters in industrial relations and
human resources f rom the University of Sydney. Apar t from my
role with OFS, for the past four years I have also worked as a
casual tutor for the work and Organisational Studies discipline at
the University of Sydney ’s School of Business.
Q why dId you deCIde to BeCome a mentor?
I have a lot of experience across management, HR and academia,
and an interesting career trajectory, so I thought this might offer
useful insights. I’ve worked part-time for the past 10 years, so
it’s also an opportunity to show that a flexible career can be
interesting, challenging and successful.
Q what haVe you Learnt From roCheLLe?
A lot. She’s energetic, passionate about her career, interesting
and, best of all, very funny.
Q what do you hoPe roCheLLe has taKen away From the
I hope she realises she has ever ything she needs to have an
amazing career. She just needs to continue setting career and
personal goals, net working, developing her skills, building
relationships and, most importantly, believing that she can do it.
Q what are your reCommendatIons For mentees to Get
the most out oF the eXPerIenCe?
This program is a great opportunity to expand your net work.
But don’t stop at this mentor experience. Be prepared to look for
informal and formal mentors and role models elsewhere in your
career and personal life.
Q what dId you Get out oF the
when I signed up for the program,
I was at a crossroads in my career
and conflicted about the direction I
wanted to go in. Maryanne is easy
to talk to and helped me build my
confidence, realise my potential
and work through my goals.
Q what has Been the most ImPortant Lesson From thIs
One is having a mantra. It’s something I learnt about through
yoga, but Mar yanne brought it into a work context and taught
me the power of personalising a career mantra. The second
is that I’ve learnt it is possible to combine a successful career
and an academic role – and have a fulfilling family life at the
Q teLL us aBout your FIrst sessIon wIth maryanne.
we arranged to meet at her office and I was a bit nervous at
first, but we hit it off right away and couldn’t stop talking. we
set expectations and shared a bit about ourselves, and she
presented me with a mentoring toolkit.
Q how oFten dId you meet?
Every month to six weeks, either my end of town or hers.
Q what wouLd your dream hr JoB Be?
I recently landed it. In October I star ted a new role with Deloitte,
specialising in diversity and inclusion, which has always been
a passion. It has been a challenge moving from a generalist
advisor y role, and there’s so much to learn, but I’m excited about
this new direction my career is taking.
Q what adVICe wouLd you GIVe a mentee BeGInnInG the
Prepare. Think about what you want to get out of it and reflect
on your objectives before your first meeting. Also, take the
initiative. A s mentee, it is your responsibility to drive the
relationship. You will get out of it what you put in.
“IT WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW A
FLEXIBLE CAREER CAN BE
MARYANNe DUGGAN, orGanIsatIonaL deVeLoPment
ConsuLtant, nsw oFFICe oF FInanCe and serVICes
“MARYANNE TAUGHT ME THE POWER
OF PERSONALISING A CAREER
natIonaL dIVersIty senIor ConsuLtInG, deLoItte
whether you are a mentee
wanting to excel in your
current position or a
looking to develop your
coaching and mentoring
skills, AHRI’s members-
only mentoring program
will give you valuable
insights f rom the sharing
of advice, knowledge and
For more information on
the program, visit
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