Saturday, March 8, marks International Women’s Day, a day that recognizes not only how far women have come, but also how much more opportunity there is to advance women’s leadership and development.
According to the World Economic Forum, the most important factor of a country’s competitiveness is its human capital – the skills, talent, and productivity of its workforce – and women account for half of the potential talent base in the world. Yet much of this potential remains untapped, as women lack the resources and networks necessary to help them achieve success.
In response to this need, we’re working every day to help connect women to the human, financial and social capital needed to maximize their economic potential, enrich their lives and those of their families and communities, ultimately creating stronger economies around the world. From partnering with the Tory Burch Foundation on Elizabeth Street Capital in order to provide women entrepreneurs with access to low-cost capital and mentoring to teaming up with the Cherie Blair Foundation to connect women small business owners to online mentoring, we’re bringing expertise and assets to the table to help women advance.
This year, in recognition of International Women’s Day, we’re partnering with Vital Voices as the global sponsor of the Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk, a one-day movement to inspire a rising generation of female leaders through mentorship. Women in over 40 markets, including three major U.S. cities (San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC) and a multitude of international locations, will walk and discuss their professional challenges and successes as part of an informal mentoring opportunity.
In addition, the Global Ambassadors Program will take place in Mexico City from March 4-March 8, and women mentors and mentees will participate in the Mexico City Global Mentoring Walk as a culmination to the weeklong mentoring program.
Approximately one billion women have the potential to enter the global workforce in the next decade, but only if given the opportunity to do so. We’re committed to helping women around the world to gain access to resources that will help them to advance economic growth within their communities and in the global economy. This International Women’s Day, we honor those who are working to develop in their careers and to advance their communities, and we look forward to continuing to help rising female entrepreneurs around the world.