Vacheron Constantin has launched the “One of Not Many” Mentorship Programme in the UAE aimed at empowering young Emirati women.
Organised in collaboration with Zayed University the program invited six inspiring Emirati women to guide six senior undergraduates through a six-month journey of observation, exploration and experimentation.
The programme mirrors the spirit of the Maison and its proud heritage of know-how, passion, creativity and craftsmanship. Choose six successful women as inspiring mentors, the programme will allow young women to be inspired and empowered.
The chosen six mentors to take part in this one-of-a-kind educational program are: Rafia Helal Bin Drai, Founder and Fashion Designer of Mauzan, Hala Al Gergawi, Founder and CEO of Tea Before Noon, Latifa Al Gurg, Fashion designer and Founder of Twisted Roots, Alia Al Shamsi, Author and Artist, Salama Al Shamsi, Founder of Salama’s restaurant and Noora Shawqi, Jewelry Designer and Founder of Noora Shawqi.
These women will guide six young students through a course designed to empower the role of youth in the community and encourage women to continue pursuing their dreams to attain their ultimate goals.
The Maison has always devoted great importance to meeting and exceeding women’s expectations as reflected through its rich heritage of feminine timepieces, as well as its most recent launch the Égerie watch that reflects today’s inspiring, independent and charismatic woman.
The Égerie Moonphase jewellery watch, its latest addition entirely bedecked in diamonds, take place at the highest level of craftsmanship and femininity, with a 37mm white gold case, a dial and a bracelet studded with 1,344 brilliant-cut diamonds.
Bringing together the worlds of Haute Couture and Haute Horlogerie with its feminine collection Égérie, Vacheron Constantin has collaborated with the Emirati couture designer and founder of Mauzan, Rafia Helal Bin Drai. Alongside being one of the mentors of the programme, Rafia has designed a capsule collection of 7 unique abayas inspired by the recently Égérie collection timepieces.
Her designs reflect high craftsmanship, passion, creativity and attention to detail. Known to be a true local couturier and empowering women through beautiful designs, Rafia’s passion and creativity resonated with the Maison.
The mentorship journey will begin in November 2020 with a 3-week recruitment period. Based on their career aspirations, students will have the chance to apply through the Zayed University website to be guided by the mentor of their choice in the hope of being selected amongst the six final students.
The six students will embark have regular one-to-one sessions with their mentor, allowing them to observe, explore and experiment in a professional environment. Together, the mentors and the students will set the goal for this Mentorship Program to offer a tailored plan for each student in accordance with their objectives and helping them achieve their own professional destiny.
Throughout the six months, the mentors will share their own experiences, career advice, and guide the mentee to discover the reality of their own field. The end of this unique program will also lead to a potential opportunity whereby any of the six selected students would take part in another enriching learning experience during an internship with Vacheron Constantin.