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“I’ve seen it in community after community. Women help make peace. Women help resolve conflict. Women are picking up the pieces. And if we simply give more power in places it should have been put long ago, then we are going to make this world reach a place it has dreamed of.”

Those are the impassioned words of U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry who addressed this years participants of the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership at the Fortune Most Powerful Women dinner held at the State Department. He explained that women’s empowerment was both an administration priority, but also a personal commitment for him as the husband to a strong woman and a father to two daughters. 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the partnership that pairs international businesswomen with top American female executives-Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women-and their teams who serve as mentors. The 2015 cohort includes 19 women leaders from 15 countries. The participants hail from diverse industries, including fashion design, technology and investment consulting, and come from countries around the globe.

The month-long program kicked off at our offices in Washington D.C. last week. Mentees participated in a four-day orientation that included various networking events, leadership roundtables and communications trainings. They also had the opportunity to meet Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Women’s Issues. “Countries do better when they empower women and girls,” she explained, “and when countries do better, they are more stable.” Ambassador Russell underscored the importance of creating a comprehensive approach to women’s empowerment that was rooted in addressing women’s devalued status in many societies. She highlighted the need to involve men in these strategies explaining, “boys aren’t born with negative views about women. It’s a learned behavior.”  

At the conclusion of the week, participants celebrated newfound friendships at a closing dinner before departing to cities across the U.S. to spend two weeks with their mentor company.

Keep up with our mentors and mentees by following #FortuneMPW!




Aleks Gren
Country Manager, Fiserv

Kathleen Murphy
President of Personal Investing, Fidelity 

Ana Victoria GarcĢ_a
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Victoria147

Kerrie MacPherson
Principal, Financial Advisory Services, Ernst & Young 

Karyn Twaronite
EY Partner and Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Officer, Ernst & Young 

Apra Kuchal
Chairperson, FICCI Ladies Organization, Jaipur Chapture

Ann Davison
Chair, U.S. Public Affairs and Crisis Practice, Burson-Marsteller 

Clara de Tezanos
Director and Chief Executive Officer, La Fototeca

Ellyn Shook
Chief Human Resources Officer, Accenture 

Dina A. Mabrouk Gamea
Associate Investment Director, Paradise Holding for Financial Investments

Deanna Mulligan
President and CEO, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America 

Harini Sivasankaran
Senior Manager in the Office of the Chairman, Tata Sons

Laura Desmond
President of Personal Investing, Fidelity 

Hye Kyoung Kim
Chief Executive Officer, JMC Corp.
South Korea 

Shelley Brindle
Executive Vice President, Domestic Network Distribution and Marketing, Home Box Office (HBO) 

Jackie Ngwenya
Head Office Finance Manager, RioZim Limited

Paula Tolliver
Corporate Vice President of Business Services and Chief Information Officer, The Dow Chemical Company 

Jacqueline Nyangweso
Founder  Managing Director, Step And Fly Micro-Enterprise Organization

Sarah Kauss
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, S’well 

Jin Kyeung Ha
Human Resources Business Partner, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), Korea Ltd.
South Korea

Kristin Lemkau
Chief Marketing Officer, JP Morgan Chase & Co. 

Laura Akunga
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Benchmark Solutions, Ltd.

Shelley Diamond
Chief Client Officer, Young & Rubicam 

Barbara Basney
Vice President, Global Advertising and Media, Xerox Corporation 

Marjorie Chorro de Trigueros
Senior Analyst, Salvadoran Foundation for Economic & Social Development
El Salvador

Jami Wintz McKeon
Chair and Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP 

Olga Azarova
Co-Founder and President, Mediaholding 100%

Evelyn Webster
Executive Vice President, Time, Inc.

Paula Ledesma
Designer and Owner, Paula Ledesma Knitwear

Gabrielle Toledano
Chief Talent Officer & Executive Vice President, Electronic Arts (EA)

Seyi Akesode
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Alexandraz Global Services Limited

Bridget van Kralingen
Senior Vice President, IBM 

Sheila E. Akyea
Senior Transport Infrastructural Engineer, African Development Bank

Donna Milrod
Managing Director and Head of DTCC Solutions, DTCC 

Sun Bo
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pala Tailor Made Travel and FiveMillion Stars Luxury Glamping Hotel Company

Roxanne Taylor
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Accenture

Vaishali Neotia
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Merxius

Dina Habib Powell
Head of Goldman Sachs’ Impact Investing business and president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation 

Victoria Alonsoperez
Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer, IEETech

Molly Ashby
Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Solera Capital 

Sherrie Westin
Executive Vice President of Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop