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Fortune State Department’s Global Women’s Mentorship Partnership Goes Virtual

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Hello, Broadsheet readers! E-commerce CEO steps down to prioritize his wife’s career, 40% of unemployed women now out of work for six months or more, and women entrepreneurs are connecting across borders and time zones. Have a meaningful Monday.

– Mentoring, style 2020. Early March, before, well, everything Fortune was preparing with the State Department and the nonprofit Vital Voices to bring our annual group of women business leaders from around the world to the United States for three weeks Coaching program.

These women – entrepreneurs and mid-career professionals – typically come to the United States to observe Fortune 500 leaders and first-hand experience of corporate America, applying these lessons to their own businesses upon their return home. Of course, the group didn’t end up traveling to the United States this year. But thanks to the creativity of our partners at Vital Voices and the State Department, these women have been participating in our first virtual mentoring program over the past few weeks.

This year’s mentees – the 15th cohort to participate – have taken meetings and developed relationships across time zones and without disrupting all of their usual responsibilities at work and home, with creative results. Enas Abdelaziz, a nonprofit leader based in Egypt, told her mentors at Accenture that she was struggling to manage her Generation Z employees; In response, the consulting and tech company set up a panel of six Gen Z Accenture staff to answer all of its questions. Abdelaziz’s mentors, Marketing Director and Communications Director Amy Fuller and Accounts Receivable Manager for North America Cathinka Wahlstrom, also assisted her in video chat advice when a valued employee leaves. .

Inas Hafez, an Egyptian digital marketing entrepreneur behind GetSircles agency, was mentored by Julia Paige, Uber’s director of social impact. One of the benefits of working alongside a global company? Uber introduced Hafez to their staff in Cairo so their relationship with the company could extend locally beyond the mentorship period.

Evelyn Namara, founder of Ugandan fintech startup Vouch Digital, left her mentorship with Match group Strategy Director Faye Iosotaluno with advice on everything from how to choose between two payment solutions integrators to how to price her company’s new subscription system – and self-care tips .

Simran Sahni, co-founder of Keeros Supersnacks in Lucknow, India, considers his time with Johnson & johnson Global Vice President for Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability Paulette Frank will be a “mini-MBA”.

Of course, Zoom can only approximate the experience of in-person mentoring. But we were so happy to be able to facilitate this kind of cross-border relationship when so many other forms of connection remain out of reach.

Learn more about the program here. And if you are interested in learning more or mentoring in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Emma Hinchliffe
emma.hinchliffe@fortune.com
@_emmahinchliffe



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