Ninth Annual Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women's Mentoring Partnership Kicks Off March 25

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 20, 2014

On Tuesday, March 25, 23 emerging women leaders from around the world will join Fortune’s Most Powerful Women at the U.S. Department of State to kick off the ninth annual Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. This public-private partnership, conducted in coordination with Vital Voices Global Partnership, connects international women leaders with Fortune’s Most Powerful Women to encourage the next generation of women to bring positive change to their companies and communities.

This year’s Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership program builds on eight years of success through women-to-women mentoring. During the program, mentors from Fortune’s Most Powerful Women share their time, talent, and expertise in business and leadership with the international women leaders. Mentees learn organizational and management skills, observe best practices, exercise acquired skills, and cultivate long-lasting relationships.

This year’s emerging leader class of mentees includes women from Bangladesh, Burma, China, Egypt, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Kosovo, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mexico, Nigeria, the Palestinian Territories, Russia, South Africa, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

The 2014 Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership program will be highlighted at a dinner on Tuesday, March 25, hosted by the U.S. Department of State and Fortune in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department. During the dinner, U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Michèle Flournoy, Co-chair of the Board of Directors at the Center for a New American Security, will sit down for separate discussions with Nina Easton, Washington editor of Fortune. The dinner program will also feature remarks by Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan, Senior Editor at Large of Fortune Pattie Sellers, and Dina Habib Powell, Global Head of Corporate Engagement for Goldman Sachs. This event is open to the press. Media who wish to cover this event should RSVP by Friday, March 21 to Vidhya Murugesan at

The 2014 mentors include: Molly Ashby of Solera Capital, Barbara Basney of Xerox Corporation, Katie Bayne of The Coca-Cola Company, Rosalind Brewer of Walmart/Sam's Club, Christa Carone of Fidelity Investments, Wendy Clark of The Coca-Cola Company, Jenny Dearborn of SAP, Laura Desmond of Starcom Mediavest Group, Shelley Diamond of Young & Rubicam, Gerri Elliott of Juniper Networks, Anna Griffin of Juniper Networks, Shelie Gustafson of CH2M Hill, Mary Jones of John Deere & Company, Kimberly Kadlec of Johnson & Johnson, Theresa Loar of CH2M Hill, Katherine Lutton of Fish & Richardson, Kerrie MacPherson of Ernst & Young, Ashley McEvoy of Johnson & Johnson, Deanna Mulligan of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Kathleen Murphy of Fidelity Investments, Karen Peetz of BNY Mellon, Sonja Hoel Perkins of Menlo Ventures, Dina Powell of Goldman Sachs, Tami Reller of Microsoft, Joanna Shapiro of BNY Mellon, Megan Smith of Google, Julie Smolyansky of Lifeway Foods, Roxanne Taylor of Accenture, Paula Tolliver of The Dow Chemical Company, Bridget van Kralingen of IBM, Kathy Waller of The Coca-Cola Company, Connie Weaver of TIAA-CREF, Evelyn Webster of Time, Inc., Sherrie Westin of Sesame Workshop, and KarynTwaronite of Ernst & Young.