2021 PWN Mentoring Program 

The application period for the first cycle of the 2021 program closed!

Welcome to the Mentees and Mentors, who joined our program! We look forward to working with you and helping you reach your goals!

Didn’t apply, yet? No worries, send an email to and we will let you know when the application period for the second cycle of the 2021 Mentoring Program opens.We believe that in the current fast-changing environment, a condensed mentoring program can be extremely beneficial for all participants. Due to the COVID-19 situation, most of the events will be offered online.


The Mentoring Program offers:

  • A minimum of 4 one-to-one sessions focusing on the individual needs of each mentee.
    These sessions provide a great opportunity to improve self-awareness, to learn how to set and hold boundaries and to deal with new challenges. Mentees will benefit most from these meetings if they come to the program with an open mind and willingness to implement changes through the insights and inspiration offered by the mentor.
  • Exclusive training and leadership workshops led by experts
    A broad range of topics are covered every year including communication, leadership development and wellbeing to name a few.
  • Networking events
    These events give participants exposure to a new community. As part of its commitment to support gender balance, the program is open to both male and female participants.
  • Access to the Mentoring Ambassador Team and resources
  • A welcome gift: Surprise, surprise!


Meet our 2021 Mentoring Ambassadors! 

Flor Turnil

Flor, who is from Guatemala, moved to Barcelona for love. Her husband is Spanish.

She is committed to both helping other professional women and learning from them and the PWN is the perfect network for that. 

Flor works in engineering. She says that she is a very “average” person, but then she adds that before moving to Barcelona she traveled all around Europe twice, once with a friend and once alone by herself. “I love travelling but I also enjoy being alone with myself.”


Marta Odriozola

Marta was born San Sebastian, but she lived in several other cities and countries because of her husband's job. 

She joined PWN because she loves diversity and the mentoring team. She had to reinvent and adjust her career more than once and she needed company to thrive through transitions.

Marta helps people and teams to focus on goals while maintaining their values through innovative methodologies, such as Lego Serious Play, Design Thinking and Creative problem solving.


Ana Vilao

Ana from Portugal moved to Girona last September to pursue an exciting career opportunity. She now works a Spray Drying Expert at a pharmaceutical company Esteve Química. 

She has always been a member of networking groups. Joining PWN Barcelona allows her to be part of a fantastic and empowering group of professional women in Spain. As a Mentoring Ambassador supporting the Events in the Mentoring Program, she hopes that she can deliver exciting and empowering events to PWN Barcelona members.

She loves to travel and discover new cultures. She has been living abroad in three different countries during the past ten years. 


Paola Gómez Corzo

Paola came to Barcelona from Guatemala in 2008 to earn a master’s degree. She fell in love with the city, which became her new home. She works at a global chemical company as customer service representative for the UK market.

Mentoring has been an important part of her growth, she had several mentors during her personal and professional life. She joined PWN to support gender balance, learn from other brilliant women and men and to network. 

“I’d like to motivate everyone to join the PWN mentoring program to take advantage of all the benefits of sharing experiences and knowledge, to take the leap to the next level professionally, perhaps to learn more skills to get a new career, a new position, a new job, a new path.”


Meryam Schneider - Co-Vice President

Meryam is from France and Morocco. After spending almost ten years in the UK and a year in New York, she decided to move to a human size city with her family. She wanted to be close to nature and have an easy access to Paris, where she spends half of her time. 

Her wonderful experiences with mentors and mentees in her corporate life motivated her to join PWN. Being with likeminded volunteers and meeting interesting people is just the icing on the cake. Through the program she hopes to create a solid platform to support women, and men, and help them navigate new paradigms in the workplace. 

Meryam works as a VP for an insight company specialized in consumer research in the luxury and wealth management industries. She is also involved in a Swiss not-for-profit organization dedicated to mental health and the new science of psychedelic-assisted therapies. 


Monica Rodriguez - Co-Vice president

Monica is a citizen of the world!  And a yogi at heart! 

Born in Manila, she grew up in the US, worked in Asia, now live in Barcelona, and Planet Earth is my playground. After 11 years in Asia, she wanted to have a European experience. “The doors opened for me here."

She enjoys collaborating and connecting with those on the mentoring team while giving back to the community. To help empower women and make a difference in their lives is what she wants to achieve with the program.

As a Corporate Facilitator, she enables professional and personal growth through workshops on communications, influencing, and leadership skills.


Gabriella Lovas

Gabriella relocated to Barcelona from her beloved Budapest to live out her dreams and embrace the adventures of living abroad. She is now on a quest to discover her new country. 

She walked away from her career as a financial journalist at an International news agency and became a freelancer. Besides working remotely for a fintech start-up as an investment writer, she joined PWN Barcelona as a mentor last year. Now she is the communications & promotions manager of the mentoring program. Volunteering is another opportunity for her to step out of her comfort zone and to be of service to others. 

Every weekday starts with a trail run up on the Carretera de les Aigües, where she never tires of admiring the gorgeous views of the city. She is the happiest when she is hanging out with friends and family for hours on the terrace of a pintxo bar.


2020 program participants say:

“You are giving your mentees space to figure out their own path but at the same time you’re sharing your path and you’re a bit more directive. I share with them how I screwed up, too.” Tamsen Wassell  (Mentor)


“I get a lot of support from my mentor to create my own rules, my own life. I am very happy with the match made, I trust her completely and I hope to stay in contact with her beyond the program. I hope she feels the same way,” Cathelijne Schuitemaker Wichstrøm  (Mentee)

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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