The U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program is the central program in the U.S. Department of State’s initiative to engage, inspire, and empower women and girls worldwide through sports. Now in its second year, this program supports the United States global commitment toward advancing the rights of women and girls around the world, using sports as a vehicle towards greater opportunity and inclusion.
From September 8-October 9, 2013, top American women executives in the sports industry will work side by side with 17 emerging female leaders in sports to share valuable business and leadership skills. The mentors will also help construct strategic action plans with the emerging leader, in an effort to create additional sports opportunities for underserved women and girls when they return home to their communities. This year’s mentors represent the following companies and organizations: The Coca-Cola Company; ESPN; Equinox; Ladies Professional Golf Association of America; the National Hockey League; NCAA; New Balance; New York Road Runners; Procter & Gamble; The PGA of America; Saatchi & Saatchi; U.S. Olympic Committee; United States Golf Association; Women’s National Basketball Association; and Women’s Tennis Association.
This year, the emerging leaders hail from Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkmenistan, and Uganda.
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