India 2012: Encouraging Women's Entrepreneurship

Dec 06, 2012

The Global Ambassadors program, in partnership with Vital Voices, believes that strong women leaders are at the forefront of a better economic future. Leveraging the power of mentorship, the program aims to empower women and energize them to take action in their own communities.

In October 2012, The Global Ambassadors Program traveled to India and held two conferences, one in Delhi and one in Mumbai. This was an intensive and innovative mentorship initiative for our 6 Global Ambassadors and mentee pairs. The conferences held a series of sessions throughout the private and public sectors in India. During these sessions, our Ambassadors shared insights about their own path to leadership and the value of mentoring.

Our Ambassadors and mentees were able to visit a number of businesses and organizations dedicated to economically empowering women through trade, skills and networking opportunities. During one on one mentoring sessions, our Ambassadors and mentees created the foundation for long lasting relationships, helping our mentees better understand how to take concrete steps to grow their businesses and organizations and enhance their leadership, business and networking skills.   

The week wrapped up with a Mentoring Walk with over 100 women participating. Our Mentoring Walk convened established women leaders and emerging women leaders from Mumbai to walk together in their community. As they walked, they discussed their professional challenges and successes to establish a mentoring relationship. The walk was an opportunity to highlight the importance of women’s leadership, and to accelerate the impact of women leaders through mentoring.

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