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Department of State and Fortune Most Powerful Women Host Sixth International Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership Program

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 29, 2011


The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit and Vital Voices Global Partnership, have joined together for the sixth Fortune/State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership, taking place May 2 – May 22, 2011. This innovative public-private partnership connects more than 30 of America’s senior women executives from more than 25 companies with emerging women leaders from around the world. The program has more than doubled in size since its inception in 2006. This year, 26 women from Brazil, China, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, will be mentored by participants of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit.

Among this year’s mentors are: Stephanie George, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Time Inc.; Susan Chambers, Executive Vice President in the Global People Division at Wal-Mart Stores; Molly Ashby, Chairman and CEO of Solera Capital; and Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Products and User Experience at Google Inc.

The program will open with a three-day orientation session in Washington, D.C., where participants will meet with senior women in government, academia, and business, including Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs María Otero, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock, and Coordinator for International Information Programs Dawn McCall.

The second phase of the program pairs each of the international participants with one or more of Fortune's Most Powerful Women leaders. For three weeks, American and international participants work together in mentoring relationships to share the skills and experiences necessary for strengthening women’s leadership. The program will conclude with a two-day debriefing in New York City where participants will attend workshops on media and communications strategies and meet with senior executives from New York-based companies.

Fortune's Most Powerful Women Leaders share their time, talent and expertise in business and leadership with the next generation of international women leaders. The professional and personal ties that grow out of the mentoring relationships last well beyond the program and enable the international participants to bring positive change to their companies and communities. For more information, please see the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ web page on the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women's Mentoring Partnership.

Press Contact: Talley Sergent,, (202) 632-6043

PRN: 2011/662

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