In 2006, Fortune and the U.S. State Department launched the Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. The program brings rising-star women from developing countries to the U.S. each May to shadow participants of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit. We then follow them as they “pay it forward” back in their home countries.
The program begins with an orientation in Washington, D.C., where mentees interface with women leaders in government, business, academic, civil society and the media. Participants then relocate to the offices of a top American female executive for an onsite mentorship assignment, in which each woman shadows their mentor and learns from the best practices of their host company. At the end of the mentorship, mentees reconvene in New York City to collectively reflect on their experience and discuss the future trajectory of their leadership path.
MPW mentors have included CEOs Ursula Burns of Xerox, Tory Burch, Marissa Mayer of Yahoo, Pat Woertz of ADM, as well as top women executives at companies including Wal-Mart, Google, General Electric, Exxon Mobil, JPMorgan Chase, Juniper Networks, American Express and Goldman Sachs. This program has proved to be a rich, personal experience for both the mentors and the mentees—with lasting friendships formed and exponential results. Over the last ten years, more than 270 women from 58 developing countries have participated in the program.
The annual Goldman Sachs-Fortune Global Women Leaders Award honors star alumni of the program who have returned home and paid it forward in extraordinary ways.