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Now in its third year, the Global Ambassadors Program heads to Mexico City on March 4 for a five-day mentoring forum focused on furthering the economic empowerment of women business leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean.

ZoĢĒ Dean-Smith

Select Global Ambassadors and mentees from Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Jamaica, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and the U.S. will pair up for intensive one-on-one mentoring sessions and strategic planning workshops focused on building business and organizational acumen. This trip will feature a Global Mentoring Walk sponsored by our partner Bank of America to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 with hundreds of local businesswomen and younger professionals.

Women’s increased labor force participation in Latin America and the Caribbean region has contributed to a decline in poverty in the last decade, according to a recent World Bank study. To advance women’s roles in the region’s continued economic development, our Global Ambassadors Program mentees will work with mentors (Global Ambassadors) during the week to improve leadership skills, overcome obstacles and map out achievable strategic goals.

The mentees participating in this program represent a diverse cross-section of both for-profit and social enterprise initiatives which include recycled paper and agricultural products, jewelry, business training for micro-entrepreneurs, food processing, and a free online educational platform. In each case, these extraordinary women leaders are committed to financial sustainability, business/organizational growth, leadership development and succession planning while focused on the positive outcomes for their broader communities.

What I look forward to most is the lively and energetic discussion among these social and business leaders throughout the week as they strategize on how to take their enterprises to the next level while paying it forward to the next generation. 

Check this blog for updates throughout next week. Day 1, Day 2Day 3 and Days 4-5.

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Watch the program’s YouTube playlist.

Read the Global Ambassadors page at Bank of America.

Global Ambassadors







Gema Moreno
Partner, Enterprise Risk Services Deloitte Mexico






Grace Foster-Reid | Jamaica
Managing Director, ECOFARMS






Guadalupe Castaneda
Partner and Mexico and Central America Strategic Growth Markets Leader, EY Mexico






Maria Claudia Vargas Solano | Costa Rica  
Owner and Co-Founder The Gluten Free Factory






Joyce Ventura
Film Producer and CEO Kiok, Ltda. 






Celia Duron | Honduras
CEO, Inversiones Ecologicas






Julie Harris
Managing Director, CFO-Global Commercial Banking Bank of America 






Margarita Robles Martinez | Mexico
Director, Cohesion Communicating & Marketing 






K. Shelly Porges
Global Entrepreneurship Advocate and Co-Chair, National Finance Council Ready for Hillary 






Yemy Zonana | Mexico
General Manager, Fundacion ProEmpleo






Karen Fang
Managing Director, Head of the Cross Asset Solutions & Strategies Group Bank of America Merrill Lynch 






Xiomara Diaz | Nicaragua
General Manager, The Garden Cafe 






Maria F. Villamarin
Regional Manager of Ancosur Countries & General Manager of Colombia






Yanina Faour | Argentina
Designer & Owner, Oleana






Rosa Maria Barreiro
Senior Management Advisor, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)






Laura PatiĢ±o Mejia | Colombia
General Manager, Picados San Juan 






Sandra Slavkis
General Manager Business Development, Danone-Nutricia 






Denise Abulafia | Argentina
Founder & CEO, Educatina