Szilvia Simon is community manager of the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, shaping the network of mentoring practitioners and researchers in Europe. In collaboration with experts, she organises events of knowledge exchange, promotes the uptake of research results and develops a quality system of mentoring. Through bringing powerful stories, she wishes to improve our understanding of when, why, and for whom mentoring works.
Her mentoring expertise is rooted in MentorProgramma Friesland: a programme in the North of the Netherlands for VET and HEI students since 1997. She has been part of the operational team since the start, matching people and learning goals, bridging cultures, generations and organisations. Her personal motto in work and life: “Thank you for believing in me before I believed in myself.” (Yamada)