International women leaders of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network will coordinate the second annual Global Women’s Mentoring Walk on November 21, 2009. The 2009 Global Women’s Mentoring Walk will take place inåŹcommunities throughout 6 different countries including:åŹåŹArgentina, Egypt,åŹ Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia.
Organized as a series of localized community events, the walks will convene established women leaders and rising women professionals to walk together in their communities and engage in discussions regarding their professional challenges and successes. Each walk event will seek to foster the leadership potential of aspiring women professionals for the benefit of local communities. Together, the coordinated walks in 2009 will reach several hundred women leaders and demonstrate the tremendous power of women’s leadership to promote positive change.
The idea for “mentoring walks” originated with Founder and Former CEO of Oxygen Media, Geraldine Laybourne, who developed these events across the United States and inspired alumnae of the FORTUNE/US State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership to do the same in their home communities.
The first mentoring walks were held in November 2008 and coordinated with support from Vital Voices. These walks were met with tremendous success and reached hundreds of women across Africa, Eurasia, the Middle East and Latin America. The 2009 mentoring walks promise to do the same, on an even larger scale.