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.
Upon returning to their home countries, Vital Voices continues to engage alumnae in its events, programs and local networks. The international participants are encouraged to join local Businesswomen’s Networks, organize Mentoring Walks, and keep in touch through the Global Leadership Network.
Mentees also gain access to the U.S. Department of State International Exchange Alumni online community, which offers them access to a global network of more than 1 million alumni and nearly 400 alumni associations as well as grants, job and fellowship resources, 20,000 free online magazines and newspapers and a global calendar of professional and alumni events.