Mentoring Walk

To mark International Women's Day on March 8, 2014, we hosted Global Mentoring Walks in Washington, D.C., Seattle, San Francisco, and in more than 40 cities around the world. 

View photos from all of our walks on our beautiful Exposure Photo Gallery

Held on the same day in countries across the world, the Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk unifies our Global Leadership Network. The Global Mentoring Walk convenes established women leaders and emerging women leaders to walk together in their community. As they walk, they discuss their professional challenges and successes to establish a mentoring relationship. The Global Mentoring Walk is an opportunity to highlight the importance of women’s leadership and to accelerate the impact of women leaders through mentoring. 

The concept for the Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk derived from American media icon, founder and former CEO of Oxygen Media, Geraldine Laybourne, who launched mentoring walks to empower young women professionals in New York City and across the United States.

Attributing much of her own success in the American entertainment industry to mentoring, Ms. Laybourne stated: "Why is it that so many of us did well? Because we had a mentoring outlook. We helped each other along."

Since 2008, the Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk has reached thousands of women in over a dozen countries across the globe.

In 2013, the 7th annual Global Mentoring Walk was held on November 16. Organized by members of our Global Leadership Network in 24 countries around the world, this year’s event was the largest to date, taking place in Cairo, Buenos Aires, Mumbai and 25 other cities. Get a glimpse of these events around the world by watching Hema Vallabh, the flag bearer of the walk in Johannesburg, South Africa, describe the mentor and mentee participants of her walk on SABC News; visit the 2013 Mentoring Walks on Storify; and read about our network members paying it forward.

Take a look at our previous Mentoring Walk events: View the 2012 Mentoring Walks and the 2011 Mentoring Walks on Storify or read a firsthand account of 2011's Mentoring Walk in Uganda, in India and in Swaziland. (Read about the inaugural walk in Swaziland here.)

Read how Global Leadership Network members paid it forward at the 2012 Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk and a special Global Mentoring Walk during the Global Ambassadors Program in Mumbai, India.  

Photo gallery below: Photos from the 2013 Global Ambassadors Program Mentoring Walks in Doha and Mumbai, from the 2012 walk in Buenos Aires, and from Kampala in 2011.