I have yet to meet a successful woman who hasn’t had a mentor at some time in her career. Canadian Women in Technology (CATAWIT) have identified this as a key requirement in attracting more women into IT jobs. Joanne Stanley, executive director of CATAWIT, said: “Role models are critical to demonstrate to girls and young women the value and attractiveness of a career in technology. Mentors can prevent the feeling of isolation for young women in IT and also help them navigate the path to promotion.” Indeed with the number of female computer science students falling it is now more important than ever that women have successful female role models in this field. When coaching professional women I not only encourage them to find their own mentor – or better still multiple mentors in different areas – but suggest that they also challenge themselves by becoming a mentor to someone else.