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Regional – Emerging women leaders are joining a mentoring programme which aims to help increase financial acumen and leadership skills.
Under the scheme, they will receive one-on-one mentoring sessions and strategic workshops with a network of support boasting more than 18,000 women from 184 countries and territories around the world to help grow their organization and personal development.
Previous mentors include an established group of women executives consisting of Deputy Prime Ministers, Broadcasters, Authors, and Publishers.
The Global Ambassador Program is a partnership between Vital Voices, a leading NGO in women’s leadership and development and Bank of America, and is based on a shared belief in the need to invest in women who are creating economic and social progress around the world.
Organizers hope it will help accelerate women’s leadership development throughout the world as the call for applications for mentees draws to a close on Sunday 17 July, 2022.
Vital Voices Global Partnership will oversee the programme and help to pair each leader with their mentees.
Vital Voices senior vice president leadership & social impact Zoë Dean-Smith, who is also leading the programme, said: “In 2012, Vital Voices and Bank of America came together to develop a signature partnership to accelerate women’s leadership development throughout the world. The Global Ambassadors Program connects extraordinary women leaders for mentorship opportunities.”
“In each country that hosts a Global Ambassadors Program, we bring together Global Ambassadors (senior women executives who serve as mentors) to participate in a program that includes leadership development trainings, one-on-one and group mentoring sessions with women leaders (mentees) who are at a tipping point in terms of their professional, business and leadership paths.”
“We are delighted to announce that our 21st Global Ambassadors Program will take place in Washington D.C., USA from Monday 17th through Thursday 20th October 2022, and will focus on addressing the ongoing needs and challenges facing women leaders of purpose-driven businesses, social enterprises and non-profit organizations from around the world.”
Previous young women leaders from the Pacific region have been participants in earlier programs and mentored by Samoa’s Women in Business Development Inc co-founder and executive director Adimaimalaga “Adi” Tafuna’i, who is dedicated to economically empowering rural families agriculturally in Samoa, said: “I’m sure there are some amazing young women out there that would benefit from this great programme.”
“A young woman from New Zealand participated in the program and her company Ethique, is now so well known. She travels around the world while others manufacture her shampoos and conditioners that are made like a bar of soap, so no bottles to throw out and cause more damage in our environment.”
“Another interesting fact about the Ethique owner (Brianne West) is that the families producing virgin coconut oil in Samoa were already supplying her small quantities of the oil we shipped. She now orders a lot more!”