Global Sports Mentoring Program


Empowering women and girls through sports.

The U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program, the flagship component of the Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, pairs emerging women leaders from around the world with top American female executives in the sports industry. This program develops new lasting relationships and a global network of women and girls who strive to create positive change in their home communities through sports. The U.S. Department of State’s Global Sports Mentoring Program builds on America’s global commitment to advance the rights and participation of women and girls around the world.

In 2013, emerging leaders from Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Poland, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkmenistan, and Uganda will work side-by-side with top female executives in the American sports industry during their month in the United States. Not only will these female emerging leaders gain valuable business and management skills through the program, but they also will construct strategic plans with their mentors. While their action plans will specifically address different needs, they share the goal of creating sports opportunities for underserved women and girls back in their home communities.

The result of the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program is a new global network of strong women leaders in sports devoted to spreading the messages of equality and opportunity to other women and girls around the globe.