Media Note
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 27, 2009


The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has joined Fortune's Most Powerful Women and Vital Voices Global Partnership to launch the fourth Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership, April 27-May 22. Thirty-two emerging women leaders from Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Macedonia, Namibia, Nigeria, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam will be mentored by participants of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. These women join a program that now includes 116 remarkable achievers from around the world.
This year’s mentors include Ann S. Moore, Chairman and CEO, Time Inc.; Andrea Jung, Chairman and CEO of Avon Products; Molly Ashby, CEO of Solera Capital; Kathleen Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Wholesale Lending at Wells Fargo; Linda L. Addison, Partner-in-Charge, New York at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP; Kathleen Murphy, President, Personal Investing, at Fidelity; Meredith Whitney of Meredith Whitney Advisory Group; Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation; Mary Wittenberg, President and CEO of New York Roadrunners; and Barbara Goodstein, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer & Chief Innovation Officer, AXA Equitable. Women in senior leadership positions at Exxon Mobil, Wal-Mart, KPMG, Accenture, Ernst & Young, DuPont, Goldman Sachs, and Skadden Arps are mentoring as well.

The program, which began in 2006, will open with a four-day orientation session in Washington, DC, where the participants will meet with senior women in government, academia, and business. The second phase of the program will pair each of the 32 participants with one or two of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Leaders. For two weeks, American and international participants will share their skills and experiences, exploring ways to strengthen women's leadership. The program will conclude with a two-day debriefing in New York City, where participants will meet executives of Goldman Sachs and Solera Capitol.

The Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership is an innovative program that connects America's top women executives with emerging women leaders from around the world. Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Leaders share their time, talent and expertise in business with the next generation of international women leaders. Visit exchanges.state.gov/citizens/professionals/fortunepartnership.html and www.fortunempws.com for more information.

Press contact: Darlene Kirk, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 202-203-7616 or KirkDX@state.gov.



PRN: 2009/383