Vital Voices Global Partnership and Bank of America are recognizing the fifth year of the Global Ambassadors Program (#GlobalAmbassadors), an initiative that advances women’s economic empowerment through mentoring, by convening the program in the U.S. for the first time. The Global Ambassadors Program kicks off this week in Charlotte, N.C., with additional programs to be held this fall in Chicago, Ill. and Los Angeles, Calif.
The Global Ambassadors Program connects a group of extraordinary women entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders to a unique mentorship and skills-building opportunity – pairing them with accomplished women executives from a range of sectors and organizations, including Bank of America, to enhance their business acumen at a pivotal point in their careers. Since 2012, the Global Ambassadors Program has been held in 13 locations around the world – including Haiti, South Africa, India, and Brazil – reaching more than 100 women leaders from more than 60 countries. Since 2013, more than 67 percent of mentees have reported an increase in sales and revenue growth following the program.
“The Global Ambassadors Program is part of a larger effort at Bank of America to empower women around the world and drive economic mobility,” said Andrea Smith, chief administrative officer, Bank of America. “When we invest in women and women entrepreneurs, it benefits the economy and communities where they live and work, helping everyone thrive.”
The Charlotte program will pair 12 Global Ambassadors (mentors) with mentees – women who are running small businesses and nonprofits in North Carolina, Cambodia, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe – to enhance skills in key areas including leadership, financial management, business strategy and communications.
“We’re proud to partner with Bank of America to convene the Charlotte Global Ambassadors Program, which will bring together truly inspiring women to push through barriers so they can ultimately make their mark as the next generation of leaders poised to drive economic growth and social change,” said Alyse Nelson, president and CEO of Vital Voices.
In conjunction with the Charlotte program, Bank of America and Vital Voices will host a thought leadership event, “Women Driving Economic & Social Progress” (#WomenLead), to underscore how women are driving change. Speakers include Christy Turlington Burns, Every Mother Counts founder and chief executive officer; Andrea Smith, Bank of America chief administrative officer; and Melanne Verveer, Seneca Women co-founder and Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security executive director.
The Global Ambassadors (mentors) for the Charlotte program are:
The mentees for the Charlotte program are:
The Global Ambassadors Program is part of Bank of America and Vital Voices’ ongoing commitment to investing in women’s leadership development, a goal guided by the belief that strong leaders are important for developing healthy, vibrant communities, and advancing economic growth. Bank of America invests in helping women make meaningful contributions within the company and supports the economic empowerment of women in local communities and around the world.
Vital Voices Global Partnership invests in women leaders who improve the world. Founded by then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, and guided by the belief that women are essential to progress in their communities, it has partnered with leaders from more than 144 countries who advance economic opportunity, increase political and public leadership, and end violence against women. Programs in strategic planning, business, advocacy and communications build critical skills needed for creating transformational change at scale. Through its global platform, women leaders expand their connections and visibility, accelerating shared progress for all. Visit www.vitalvoices.org to learn more.
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