The SILKMentoring Empowerment Cycle


SILKMentoring has developed a unique women-centered empowerment cycle that can help you grow as an individual and professional.

We recommend going through at least one entire empowerment cycle, which consists of 10 sessions. To delve deeper, you can follow as many empowerment cycles as you wish since our mentoring content is not repetitive. Alternatively, we can also design a more personalized empowerment cycle focused on your most desired improvement areas.

Our empowerment cycle pivots around a positive understanding of human nature (noble and self-aware) and is grounded in a series of key feminine skills and attributes, namely wisdom, intuition, empathy and creativity.

Our learning sequence pairs two skills or attributes that necessitate, reinforce or complement each other. To be able to exhibit the Power of Presence for example, you need to have a degree of Confidence. Likewise, in order to have good Listening skills, you need have Authentic intentions. Foundational qualities in achieving Presence and demonstrating Confidence are Wisdom and Intuition.

While some skills and attitudes are other-facing, implying an interaction with and direct impact on others (external), some skills and attitudes are internal, meaning they mostly require working and focusing on yourself.

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I was reflecting on the notion of human nobility, trying to think of individuals who I consider “noble” – women in particular. The first person that came to mind was Mother Teresa, but then I got stuck and had to think! This made me wonder why it doesn’t come easy to...

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“This program encourages you to see things differently. It stimulates you to get out of your shell and to open yourself to possibilities. It shows you that you can make mistakes and you can use your learning from those lapses, to change. Each session opened my mind and motivated me to grow.”

Karin Schuring-van Norden

Business Owner, Drive Vintage, The Netherlands

“Russell is a great coach and mentor. She has an extensive understanding of the content and is very core focused. Besides being a great public speaker, she’s also a wonderful marketer.”

Nehad Sharaf

Vice President, International Newcomers Club, Spain

“I can honestly say that I’ve not experienced group mentoring like this before. Beforehand I really wasn’t sure what outcomes to expect but the learning, content and connections were very impactful. Although some of the discussions were at quite a deep level, they were very powerful in the way they were facilitated and will have a lasting, positive effect with regards my Self-awareness and Nobility towards myself and others. I’d highly recommend this programme, and Russell truly is an inspirational mentor and facilitator with an amazing way of delivering the content!”

Suzanne Murdock

Co-Founder, The Hub Newry, Northern Ireland

“I completed for the 2nd time, the 10-week SILKMentoring Program for Asia Pacific. Russell Zehtab did an amazing job in gathering at least 20 passionate women into a wonderful Sunday afternoon/evening for 10 weeks until June 20, 2021. Though it was my second time in the program, each session felt like it was my first time because of the different perspectives and insights shared by all the participants. Those 10 weeks passed by so swiftly because we had fun even though the topics sounded serious. The grounding brought me into the moment where I could be myself. I also enjoyed all the breakout sessions and activities as they pushed me, in a positive way, to be self-aware, creative… and confident. The program has culminated but SILKMentoring’s Conceptual Framework still lingers. Russell articulated the Framework that is focused on Nobility and Self-Awareness excellently!!! I am claiming NOBILITY to be part of my spiritual lifestyle already. I could never get tired of joining the program as the experience would never be the same. Each day our Nobility is being tested. Each day we negotiate and make decisions. Each day is a new experience. Each day there is a new story to tell. And for every story that we tell, we empower and become empowered. Thank you, Russell for making me a part of this program once again. Count me in if there is another one coming!!!”

Catherine Panilla

Director, Global IT Business Solutions, International Container Terminal Services, Inc., Philippines

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