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The annual Women’s History Month event is part of a global movement to bring together established and emerging women leaders for mentorship and friendship in a prelude to International Women’s Day.

Contact: Markette Sheppard, 310-853-3408,

NEW YORK (MARCH 4, 2023) — World-renowned women leaders who champion gender equality will convene Saturday, March 4 at High Line Park in New York City as part of the 16th Annual Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk. Luminaries will include Philanthropist, Fashion Designer and Vital Voices Board Member Diane von Furstenberg, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Human Rights Activist Nadia Murad, Vital Voices President & CEO Alyse Nelson, Co-Chair of Diane von Furstenberg Studio Talita von Furstenberg, plus the singer/songwriter renowned for the social justice anthem “We Won’t Go Back” MILCK and a rising talent from the Bronx Megumi Jindo, who will recite her original poem, “The Vision We Reach.”

They will be joined by more than 200 New York City women who plan to join the event as mentors and mentees seeking advice and guidance under the 2023 theme of Time for Audacious Action!

More than 130 walks in 43 countries are planned for the 2023 Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walks in the ramp-up to International Women’s Day.

The New York Mentoring Walk will bring together established and emerging women leaders in the fields of activism, business, policy, and the arts for a one-mile walk to exchange advice on career growth, work-life balance, career pivots and conflict resolution – all in the name of global community and mentorship.

Saturday, March 4 from 8:00 AM – 11:00AM

  • 8:00 AM | Meet at the High Line
  • 8:30 AM | Kickoff speech by Diane von Furstenberg & Alyse Nelson; Mentoring Walks begin
  • 9:00 AM | Panel discussion and post-event reception with a performance by MILCK and poetry reading by Megumi Jindo

High Line Park (enter the park on the southeast corner of 30th St. and 10th Ave.)


  • Diane von Furstenberg—Philanthropist, Fashion Designer and Vital Voices Board Member
  • Nadia Murad—Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Human Rights Activist
  • Alyse Nelson—Vital Voices President & CEO
  • Talita von Furstenberg—Co-Chair of Diane von Furstenberg Studio
  • MILCK—Singer/Songwriter, renowned for the social justice anthem “We Won’t Go Back”
  • Megumi Jindo—Poet from the Bronx who will recite her original work, “The Vision We Reach”

About the Walk

The Vital Voices New York Mentoring Walk celebrates the power of mentorship and women using their power to empower others.

Join us for a spirited walk on the High Line where we will connect mentors and mentees who will discuss our theme “Time for Audacious Action” – sharing triumphs and lessons in leadership to take on our greatest challenges.

Year after year, the Global Mentoring Walks convene thousands of established and emerging women leaders around the world to walk together in their communities. As they walk, each Mentor guides, advises and supports their Mentees to discuss their challenges and triumphs, to create a safe space for change.

About Vital Voices
Now celebrating 25 years, Vital Voices Global Partnership has directly invested in more than 20,000 women leaders across 184 countries and territories since its inception in 1997. Driven by the universal truth that women are the key to progress in their communities and nations cannot move forward without women in leadership positions, Vital Voices has provided early support for leaders who went on to become Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, U.S. Youth Poet Laureates, prime ministers, award-winning innovators, pioneering human rights defenders, and breakthrough social entrepreneurs, including Amanda Gorman and Malala Yousafzai. To advance and expand this work, in 2022 Vital Voices opened the doors to the world’s first global embassy for women, the Vital Voices Global Headquarters for Women’s Leadership. It is a first-of-its-kind space that allows for convening, innovation, planning, and action—all in the pursuit of serving women leaders who are taking on the world’s greatest challenges.

About Diane von Furstenberg Studio
Renowned for its iconic wrap dress and signature prints, DVF has established itself as a leader in feminine silhouettes in the fashion industry–inspiring independence and confidence. Guided by the principle of putting “the woman before fashion,” DVF is a brand that celebrates women and empowers them to be InCharge, to Own It, and to embrace their truest selves.