FORTUNE/U.S. State Department Global Women's Mentoring Partnership

Program Overview

The Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women's Mentoring Partnership draws on the knowledge and expertise of America’s most accomplished leaders to empower women professionals from countries around the world. The program pairs international businesswomen at the crossroads of their leadership paths with top American female executives—Fortune's Most Powerful Women– and their teams who serve as mentors.  Mentors include CEOs and senior executives from some of America’s most prestigious companies, such as Goldman Sachs, IBM, The Dow Chemical Company and Time Inc.  Since the inaugural program in 2006, The U.S. Department of State, Fortune Most Powerful Women and Vital Voices Global Partnership have worked with over 265 international businesswomen leaders from 54 countries and territories.  These alumnae continue to work toward positive outcomes for women within their sectors and to use their networks and influence to generate lasting change in their communities. 

 Program Goals


  •   Equip international women leaders with critical business and leadership skills
  •   Provide the mentees with networking opportunities and access to American and international women business leaders
  •   Inspire the mentees to use their newly acquired skills and knowledge to “pay it forward” in their own communities
  •   Enable the sharing of best practices 



Program Description

Over the course of the month-long program, the mentees engage in an on-site learning with a community of mentors, trainings and networking events designed to equip them with critical business and leadership skills and the inspiration to pay it forward, accelerating positive change in their home communities. 

The program begins with a four-day Ori