The future of workplace mentoring, with Heidi Holmes | Episode 012

The future of workplace mentoring, with Heidi Holmes | Episode 012

Heidi’s career began at KPMG, where, over a 7 year period she went from tax accounting to marketing manager and eventually leaving to pursue her new start-up Adage, a mature age job board.

It was during her time at Adage when Heidi identified the benefits that peer-to-peer mentoring can have on both individual and organisational performance.

In 2014 Adage was successfully acquired by OneShift and shortly after, Heidi joined forces with her co-founder and friend, Lucy Lloyd to launch a software platform with a mission to make mentoring mainstream.

Today, Heidi is the co-founder of Mentorloop, a software platform designed to help organisations run more effective mentoring programs for better engagement, retention and productivity.

Episode Highlights:

  • Heidi’s entrepreneurial background and early days at KPMG. [01:32]
  • How Heidi co-founded Mentorloop and the gap in the marketplace. [02:54]
  • The importance of a people-first culture within organisations and some of the challenges with internal cultures. [05:48]
  • The challenges that Human Resources Managers faces within today’s corporate environments and the pressures from the C-Suite. [07:31]
  • The latent knowledge and talent hidden within organisations and how to match people together to get the most out of P2P internal mentoring. [11:31]
  • The organisations that are currently using mentoring to gain a competitive advantage. [14:08]
  • Mentorloop’s funding rounds and growth success. The challenges and lessons learned. [15:45]
  • The risks of not implementing internal mentorships within organisations and how mentorship is one of the most efficient professional development frameworks in use today. [20:42]
  • The success story of how Out for Australia used mentoring to build confidence within specific groups in their organisation. [27:46]
  • The future of work and the importance of mentorship for organisations with remote workforces. [32:00]
  • Mentorship as a way to facilitate human re-connection in a world of technology and separation. [29:30]
  • Heidi’s personal mentors and how mentorship has helped her through her own entrepreneurial journey. The importance of multiple mentors. [36:40]
  • Heidi’s book recommendation [40:57]


Additional Resources:

Mentorloop’s website:

Contact Heidi and the team:

Heidi Holmes: LinkedIn

Lucy Lloyd: LinkedIn

Mentorloop: Schedule a chat

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Daniel Calo

Daniel Calo is the director and Podcast host for Future Nation. Daniel is passionate about disruptive technologies, futurism and assisting organisations with their forecasting and strategic planning. Daniel has a unique 20-year background in leadership, marketing and B2B strategy spanning over two continents and six industries. Telecommunications, manufacturing, technology, retail, consumer products and construction.
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