The U.S. Department of State and espnW have again joined forces for the second year of their Global Sports Mentoring Program. The program was created in 2012 to support the United States’ global commitment to advance the rights and participation of women and girls around the world, with sports as the vehicle creating greater opportunity.
For four weeks beginning September 8, top American female executives will work side-by-side with emerging female leaders (age 25-40) from around the world, sharing valuable business and leadership skills. During their time together, the mentors will assist the emerging leaders in the creation of strategic action plans that will be used to create specific sports opportunities for underserved women and girls when they return home.
“espnW is proud to continue our collaboration with the U.S. Department of State as we advance the Global Sports Mentoring Program,” said Laura Gentile, vice president, espnW. “The program truly empowers women and girls through sports, an objective of utmost importance to espnW.”
This year’s mentors consist of executives from the following companies and organizations: The Coca-Cola Company; ESPN (2); Equinox; Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA); the National Hockey League (NHL); NCAA; New Balance; New York Road Runners; Procter & Gamble; The PGA of America; Saatchi and Saatchi (2); U.S. Olympic Committee; United States Golf Association (USGA); Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA); and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).
“We know when women and girls participate in sports they are more likely to gain the skills they need to succeed in life, but they also create stronger, more stable communities,” said Lee Satterfield, the Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of State about the 2013 Global Sports Mentoring Program. “In partnership with espnW, this women-to-women mentoring initiative aims to increase the number of women and girls who participate in sports worldwide.”
The 2013 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.
This collaboration between the U.S. Department of State and espnW, conducted in coordination with the University of Tennessee’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society, aims to engage, inspire, and empower a new generation of women and girls through sports.
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espnW’s mission is to serve women as fans and athletes. espnW.com provides an engaging environment that offers total access to female athletes and the sports they play, takes fans inside the biggest events, and shares a unique point of view on the sports stories that matter most to women. Founded in July, 2010, espnW lives across television, events, digital and social platforms. The annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit is the leading event of its kind in the sports industry.
About U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs promotes mutual understanding between Americans and people from around the world through a wide range of academic, cultural, private sector, professional and sports exchange programs. These international exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes and emerging leaders from the United States and nearly 170 countries. Alumni of these exchanges comprise over one million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 350 current or former heads of state and government.