Peter Mac Chief Executive Dale Fisher stepped out on Friday morning in support of the next generation of Australian women in senior and leadership positions as an official mentor at the Mentor Walks Australia event in Melbourne.

Modelled on the successful Mentor Walk Asia, the initiative brings together prominent women from business and the public sector along with mentees who are developing their careers.

Once a month, a small group takes a stroll through Melbourne's Botanical Gardens for some professional development on the move -  an hour of support, knowledge exchange and problem-solving with some of the best female leaders in the city. 

The walks are designed for women of all ages “on the cusp of making a difference”, having already launched their professional careers.

Dale, who was appointed Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre’s Chief Executive in 2013 and previously Chief Executive at the Royal Women’s Hospital, took part in the initiative on Friday morning with a walk around the Tan in Melbourne. 

“The Mentor Walk is about fostering the next generation of women into leadership positions, recognising we need to improve the gender balance at senior levels of Australian business and public institutions,” Dale said.

There are Mentor Walks Australia events occurring in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane with monthly walks with inspiring female leaders taking place throughout the year. 

Bobbi Mahlab, from Mentor Walks Australia, says the initiative “gives emerging female leaders access to senior women who can help them with their career questions and issues”.

“It is not easy to find mentors and Mentor Walks gives women a taste of what good mentoring can be like," Bobbi says.

Mentees are young professionals or executives hitting their stride, middle managers experiencing career transitions and entrepreneurs looking for guidance as they launch new ventures.

While Mentees must have already launched their professional careers in order to take part, there is no age limit on who can participate.

For more information and to apply to become a Mentee, go to: http://mentorwalks.com.au/