Fortune - U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership

The Fortune – U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership is a public-private partnership between Fortune Most Powerful Women, the U.S. Department of State, and Vital Voices Global Partnership. The program draws on the expertise of America’s most accomplished leaders to enhance the business and leadership skills of international women professionals.  Over the course of the month-long program, mentees engage in skills trainings, panel discussions, networking events, and a two-week mentorship with top female executives – Fortune’s Most Powerful Women – and their teams. Past mentors come from America’s most prestigious companies, such as Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, and Accenture.  Mentees return home with critical business and leadership skills and the inspiration to pay it forward, accelerating positive change in their home communities.  Now in its 13th year, the program includes over 300 alumnae from 56 countries and territories.

Alumnae are supported post-program through various forms of engagement.  Each year, alumnae from a select region are invited to attend the International Alumnae Component featuring a successful American woman leader as a mentor and sessions to share best practices, discuss challenges, and form a regional network of women leaders.  Additionally, alumnae become members of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network of over 15,000 women leaders worldwide as well as the U.S. Department of State International Exchange Alumni online community, offering them access to more than one million U.S. Government exchange program  alumni across the globe, free professional publications and research resources, and millions of dollars in grant opportunities.

Meet the 2019 Mentees

Saadatu Abdullahi

Chief Executive Officer, Open Arms Institute


Manohari Abeyesekera

Head of Strategic Business Development, Hayleys PLC, Sri Lanka / Director, Hayleys Group Services (Pvt.) Ltd.

Sri Lanka

Catalina María Álvarez

Founding Partner, Selva Nevada SAS, Bogota- Colombia


Dorcas Amakobe

Executive Director, Moving The Goalposts


Anna Aulchenko

Head of Development Department, Center of Financial Technologies


Innocentia Dogbe

Head of Credit Cards, Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Group


Silvana Gonzalez

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, LA DIVISA Specialty Coffee


Hanna Hieronimczuk

General Manager of Operations, Ltd


Val Jusufi

Managing Director, LEORON Professional Development Institute


Sarbinda KC

Deputy Programme Manager, Purnima: UK Support to Post Earthquake Recovery in Nepal


Akshi Khandelwal Bhutani

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Butterfly Ayurveda Pvt. Ltd.


Sarah Lawal

Chief Executive Officer, Ascend International Studios Services Limited and Ascend Talent Management


Karthini Mahendranathan

Senior Associate, Skrine


Dr. Lwazi Manzi

Director, Spier Films South Africa

South Africa

Ranjana Naik

Founder Director, Swan Suites


Hend Osama

Operations Manager, Man Ahyaha


Lerato Thekiso

Founding Director, Thekvest Legal Advisory Services

South Africa

Ljiljana Vukelić

Executive Manager, Prijedorcanka a.d. Prijedor

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Glenis Yee

Partner, Munro Leys