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Today, the Vital Voices team is thrilled to welcome to Washington the 2013 participants of the Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership – a unique partnership between FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women, the U.S. Department of State, and Vital Voices. The program pairs emerging leaders in business from around the world with top American female executives – FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women – who serve as mentors. This year, 27 businesswomen from 17 different countries are participating, and their businesses are just as diverse, ranging from finance to fashion to technology to law.  

The program kicks off here in D.C. where the group will meet with established women leaders from across sectors – from Senator Barbara Mikulski to Dr. Carol Lancaster to Susan Molinari – as well as begin getting to know each other. Next, they’ll part ways to spend two weeks working closely with their mentors at mentorship sites across the country, immersing themselves in a new business and benefiting from the guidance of a mentor and her network. If last year was any indication of what’s to come, when we reconvene in New York next month for the close of the program, the mentees will have plenty of rich experiences, new ideas and stories to share with one another.

At Vital Voices we know that mentoring is key to leadership. And women who have broken through have a responsibility to ensure others follow in their footsteps. That’s why this year’s mentors truly exemplify the leadership attributes Vital Voices has observed while working with women leaders since 1997. It is an honor to work with the 35 mentors who are so uniquely poised to catalyze the success of their mentees. For example, we’re looking forward to seeing how software company CEO Anne Amuzu builds her business in Ghana after spending her mentorship in Silicon Valley with mentors such as Megan Smith of Google; the collaboration between Indian fashion designer and retail executive Simrita Dhillon and her mentor, Laurie Ann Goldman, CEO of SPANX; and how designer Beatrice Mochere will work with her mentor Martha Stewart to continue using design to promote sustainable development in Kenya. 

What is striking about this program is that the mentees leave the U.S. equipped with new skills and a brimming Rolodex that enables them to not only accelerate the growth of their businesses, but also the social impact that they have in their communities. Take, for example, Manal Kelig, a 2012 participant who partnered with another program alum, Amany Eid, to host Cairo’s first Mentoring Walk in November. Sarika Bhattacharyya just hosted the inaugural I-Inspire conference in Delhi, bringing together women professionals to accelerate the success of women entrepreneurs across India. Now in its eighth year, the Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership now counts nearly 200 businesswomen leaders amongst its ranks, so I know the stories of alumnae paying it forward are countless.

Stay tuned to Vital Voices on Twitter and Facebook for updates throughout the program!


The 2013 Mentees and Mentors:



Marina Ponzi | ARGENTINA
Founder, Ladies Brunch Buenos Aires; Co-founder, Fuudis and Buenos Aires Food Week

Roxanne Taylor
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Accenture

Bunnak Norm | CAMBODIA
General Manager, Villageworks Songkhem Co., Ltd.

Susan Chambers
Executive Vice President, People Division, Walmart

Jiangxue (Shirley) Pan | CHINA
Chairman, Adream Charitable Foundation

Karen Peetz
Chief Executive Officer, Financial Markets and Treasury Services, BNY Mellon

Haijuan Yu | CHINA
Senior Finance and Administration Manager, IFRC East Asia Region 

Kerrie MacPherson
Principal, Advisory Services

Karyn Twaronite
Partner, Americas Inclusiveness Officer, Ernst & Young

Anne Amuzu | GHANA
Chief Executive Officer and Technical Lead, Nandimobile

Katherine Lutton
Principal and Global Head of Litigation, Fish & Richardson

Megan Smith
Vice President, New Business Development, General Manager, Google, Inc.

Sonja Hoel Perkins
Managing Director, Menlo Adventures 

Eunice Ogbugo | GHANA
Chief Executive Officer, Eugo Terrana

Paula Tolliver
Corporate Vice President, Information Systems, Procurement, and Business Services Operations, The Dow Chemical Company

Simrita Dhillon | INDIA
Design Director and Co-Founder, GOLMAAL STORES

Laurie Ann Goldman
Chief Executive Officer, SPANX, Inc.

Fathima Parveen Hafeez | INDIA
Managing Director, Sunrise Hospitals Group, Kochi

Kimberly Kadlec
Worldwide Vice President, Johnson & Johnson

Divya Medar | INDIA
Partner, Chef Exclusive

Shelley Diamond
Worldwide Managing Partner, Young & Rubicam

Irene Britt
President, Pepperidge Farm, Inc.

Dorcas Muthoni Gachari | KENYA
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, OPENWORLD, Ltd.

Susan Whiting
Vice Chair, The Nielsen Company

Beatrice Kemunto Mochere | KENYA
Managing Director, Sanabora Design House, Ltd.

Martha Stewart
Principal, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

Sarah Beydoun | LEBANON
Founder and Creative Director, Sarah’s Bag

Kay Krill
President and Chief Executive Officer, ANN, INC.

Mariana Astrid GonzĢĮlez Pacheco | MEXICO
Co-Founder and Director of Institutional Development, ILUMEXICO Co.  

Diane Gulyas
President, DuPont

Ayodele Lanre-Yusuf | NIGERIA
Head of Customer Service Operations, Helios Towers Nigeria, Ltd.

Barbara Goodstein
Chief Marketing Officer, Vonage

Ayodeji Oluyemisi Megbope | NIGERIA
Chief Executive Officer, No Left Overs Nigeria, Ltd.

Dina Powell
President, Goldman Sachs Foundation; Global Head of Corporate Engagement, Goldman Sachs

Ifedeyi Ola-Shodunke | NIGERIA
Branch Operations Head, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.

Deanna Mulligan
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Maja Goettig | POLAND
Chief Economist and Central Europe Strategist, KBC Securities

Kathleen Murphy
President, Personal Investing, Fidelity Investments

Nadezda Orlova | RUSSIA
Managing Partner, FBK Legal

Stacey Hadash
Managing Director, Global Capital Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Biljana Jovanovic | SERBIA
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fashion House LUNA

Sherrie Westin
Executive Vice President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Sesame Workshop

Molly Ashby
Founding Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Solera Capital

Marina Milovic | SERBIA
Owner and General Manager, Maja Promet doo

Andrea Ayers
President and Chief Executive Officer, Convergys Corporation

Tshepo Shabangu | SOUTH AFRICA
Partner, Spoor & Fisher Attorneys

Linda Addison
Partner-in-Charge, Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP

Hema Vallabh | SOUTH AFRICA
Managing Director, SAWomEng (South African Women in Engineering); Process Engineer, Sasol

Bridget van Kralingen
Senior Vice President, IBM Global Business Services

Paula Gallotti | URUGUAY
Co-Founder and Director, DVelop Software Solutions

Kim Perdikou
Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Infrastructure Products Group, Juniper Networks, Inc.

Lauren Flaherty
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Juniper Networks, Inc.

Gerri Elliott
Executive Vice President, Chief Sales, Services, and Support Officer, Juniper Networks, Inc.

Anna Griffin
Vice President of Global Brand and Campaigns, Juniper Networks, Inc.

Robyn Denholm
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Juniper Networks, Inc.

Agustina Sartori | URUGUAY
Telematic Engineer, Director and Co-Founder, AdviseMeTech

Weili Dai
Co-founder; Vice President and General Manager of Communications and Consumer Business, Marvell Technology Group

Loan Thi Xuan Nguyen | VIETNAM
Chairwoman, Nam A Commercial Join Stock Bank

Deborah McWhinney
President and Chief Operating Officer of Global Enterprise Payments, Citigroup, Inc.

Catherine Fundafunda | ZAMBIA
Managing Director, Coeur de Lion Creative Services Ltd.

Jacki Kelley
North America Chief Executive Officer and President of Global Clients, IPG Mediabrands

Tsitsi Mutendi | ZIMBABWE
Founding Editor & Managing Director, JEWEL magazine; Founding Partner, DanTs Media

Evelyn Webster
Executive Vice President and Group President, Lifestyle Group, Time Inc.