Started by Fortune and the U.S. State Department, the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership fosters relationships between women business leaders from around the world and top female executives in the U.S. Now in its 12th year, the mentoring program offers mentees a chance to see inside some of America's biggest companies and learn directly from U.S. business women at the tops of their fields. Mentees are matched with their mentors based on interest and industry with the goal of forming an insightful and successful career growing experience. Over the course of a month, mentees are engaged in training and networking events designed to equip them with the skills to build better businesses, and the aspiration to promote positive change in their home countries.
Y&R’s Global Chief Client Officer, Shelley Diamond, has participated in the program for the past 10 years. This year, Shelley was a mentor for Rocio Gonzalez, Founder and Director of Daravi & PAPA in Argentina. Rocio's company is one of Argentina’s first B-corps, which upcycles un-recycles products while employing women in their community and giving them jobs that they can be proud of. Like Rocio, Shelley is also involved in social purpose initiatives. As the head of Y&R Inspire Change, a new division within Y&R, she focuses on clients and causes that have the potential of making the world a better place.
Rocio recently spent two weeks at our New York HQ, shadowing Shelley in her role and developing her career through cross-learning collaborations, networking, and first-hand experiences. “The time spent at Y&R, SJR and GHG has made me think how to tell my story to reach more people and reach that impact I'm aiming for. Spending time with these amazing women and their teams made me not only learn about how they work but implement specific actions in my project,” says Rocio. As the program ends, all of the mentees reconvene in New York City for a debriefing and share what they've learned.
We're proud to be a part of an incredible program that raises women leaders up to next level and in return changes lives and communities. We can’t wait to see what Rocio accomplishes next!
To learn more or get involved, visit: The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs.