Sixteen international participants have completed the U.S. Department of State’s espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP) and now join the ranks of 50 other GSMP alumnae. The participants spent a month working side-by-side with American female executive mentors, who shared valuable business and leadership skills with the participants. As the cornerstone of the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, the GSMP supports the U.S. government’s goal of improving the status, liberty, and well-being of women, girls, and marginalized people around the world.
This year, mentors represented the following companies and organizations: the Big East Conference, Burton Snowboards, ESPN, Google, Ketchum Sports & Entertainment, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the PGA of America, Saatchi & Saatchi, Spurs Sports & Entertainment, the University of Central Florida, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Women’s Sports Foundation, and the Women’s Tennis Association. This year’s participants hailed from Egypt, France, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, New Zealand, Mexico, Qatar, and Vietnam. The women and their mentors are all featured on the Global Sports Women website.
Whether helping communities that have faced natural disasters recover through sports initiatives or encouraging families to support girls soccer teams, GSMP alumnae completed their month-long mentorships with action plans that engage, inspire, and empower. These women create a lasting legacy of empowering women in every corner of the world.