Mexico 2014

Empowering Women Business Leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Qatar 2013

Investing in Women’s Leadership and Economic Development in the Middle East

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BRAZIL 2013

Connecting Business Women in Brazil

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SINGAPORE 2013

Women in Southeast Asia: From Poverty to Prosperity to Prominence

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INDIA 2012

Women’s Advancement in India’s Growing Economy

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South Africa 2012

Transforming Presence into Collective Power: A Platform on Women's Agency

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Haiti 2012

Building a National Women's Platform

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ABOUT The Global Ambassadors Program

Women are. a force for driving economic, political and social change. The Global Ambassadors Program, a Vital Voices and Bank of America partnership, is designed to provide mentorship opportunities for emerging women leaders.

This effort builds on Vital Voices' 16 years of global experience in training and mentoring women who practice transformative leadership to advance economic development and entrepreneurship, human rights and political participation in their communities. Women leaders invest in shared progress by taking new skills, access to information and networks and sharing them with others, creating a ripple effect of positive change around the world. Learn more

  • AMBASSADOR

    K. Shelly Porges

    Global Strategy and Marketing Advisor, Entrepreneurship, Partnerships and Business Development Mentoring Yemy Smeke

    K. Shelly Porges is an investor and a global strategy and marketing advisor for entrepreneurship, partnerships Read more

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    Gema Moreno Vega

    Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP (Mexico) Mentoring Grace Foster-Reid

    Gema Morena Vega is a partner at Deloitte Mexico’s Consulting Division, Galaz, Yamazaki, Ruiz, & Urquiza (GYRU). She has provided services on a range Read more

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    Sandra Slavkis

    General Manager Business Development, Danone (Argentina) Mentoring Denise Abulafia

    In 1997, Sandra joined the Nutricia/Danone Group. For the past 16 years she has grown with the organization, moving upward and constantly increasing Read more

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    María Fernanda Villamarin

    Regional Manager of Ancosur Countries & General Manager of Colombia, Galderma (Colombia) Mentoring Yanina Faour

    María Fernanda Villamarín is the regional manager of the Andean Region and the general manager of Colombia at Galderma, a Dermatology Laboratory in Read more

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    Joyce Ventura (Colombia)

    Film Producer and CEO, Kiok Ltda. Mentoring Celia Duron

    Joyce co-founded the film and advertising production company UNO Ltda in 1971 in Bogotá. Since then she has produced 12 feature films and worked on more Read more

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    Julie Harris

    Managing Director, CFO - Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America Mentoring Margarita Robles Martinez

    Julie is the CFO of global commercial banking at Bank of America where she leads the finance teams for middle Read more

  • AMBASSADOR

    Guadalupe Castañeda

    Partner and Mexico and Central America Strategic Growth Markets Leader, EY Mexico Mentoring María Claudia Vargas Solano

    Guadalupe Castañeda is a partner at EY Mexico and serves as the Strategic Growth Markets leader for Mexico and Central Read more

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    Karen Fang

    Managing Director, Head of the Cross Asset Solutions & Strategies Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Mentoring Xiomara Diaz

    Karen Fang and her team work across the firm’s fixed income and equity platforms to develop and distribute investment Read more

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    Rosa María Barreiro

    Senior Management Advisor, Inter-American Development Bank Mentoring Laura Patiño Mejia

    Rosa Maria Barreiro implements new strategies and business solutions to increase efficiency, customer service and team collaboration across nine countries of the CID region. Read more

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    Celia Duron

    CEO, Inversiones Ecologicas Tegucigalpa, Honduras Mentored by Joyce Ventura

    Celia Duron is CEO of Inversiones Ecologicas, a company that creates crafts, corporate gifts and other innovative green products from recycled paper and Read more

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    Denise Abulafia

    Founder and CEO, Educatina Buenos Aires, Argentina Mentored by Sandra Slavkis

    Denise Abulafia is founder and CEO of Educatina, and online educational platform serving Latin America. Her background in biochemistry and neuroscience led Read more

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    Grace Foster-Reid

    Managing Director, ECOFARMS Jamaica Mandeville, Jamaica Mentored by Gema Moreno

    Grace owns and manages a Jamaican honey company, ECOFARMS, which produces Buzz Honey Wine & HoneyStix. With a vision to employ 100 people and a budget for oneRead more

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    Laura Patiño Mejia

    General Manager, Picados San Juan La Unión, Antioquia, Colombia Mentored by Rosa Maria Barreiro

    Laura Patiño Mejía is the manager of Picados San Juan, an agro processing business that produces ready to eat, cut and packaged fruits and vegetables. Read more

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    Margarita Robles-Martinez

    Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Cohesión Comunicación & Marketing Mexico City, Mexico

    Margarita co-founded Cohesión Comunicación & Marketing, a boutique agency that provides strategic counseling, marketing and communication Read more

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    María Claudia Vargas Solano

    Owner and Co-Founder, The Gluten Free Factory Cartago, Costa Rica Mentored by Guadalupe Casteñada

    María Claudia Vargas Solano is the owner and co-founder of The Gluten Free Factory, which specializes in healthy and Read more

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    Xiomara Diaz Hopkins

    Founder and Owner, The Garden Café Granada, Nicaragua Mentored by Karen Fang

    Xiomara Diaz is the founder and owner of The Garden Café, a small café and restaurant in Granada, Nicaragua specializing in healthy Californian and Nicaraguan cuisine. Read more

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    Yanina Faour

    Jewelry Designer and Owner, Oleana Buenos Aires, Argentina Mentored by María F. Villamarín M.

    Yanina Faour is an artistic jewelry designer and fourth generation jeweler; she creates intimate pieces inspired by the fine arts and architecture Read more

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    Yemy Smeke Zonana

    General Manager, Fundacion ProEmpleo Productivo, A.C. Mexico City, Mexico Mentored by K. Shelly Porges

    Yemy S. Zonana became the executive director of Fundacion ProEmpleo in 2000, an affordable choice for Mexican entrepreneurs Read more

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    Fabiola Brumley

    Southeast Region Business Banking Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Mentoring Vera Golik

    Fabiola is responsible for the Business Banking segment in an area ranging from Maryland through the mid-Atlantic and south to Florida. She has served in a variety of roles, including controller, Read more

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    Catherine (Katie) J. Morgan

    Consumer Banking, Wealth & Investment Management, Business Banking, ECC Human Resources Executive, Bank of America to design and deliver the overall human resources strategy for Bank of America. Mentoring Daise Rosas da Natividade

    Katie Morgan leads a team of human resources professionals Read more

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    Lesley Jane Seymour

    Editor-in-Chief, More Mentoring Lina Maria Useche Jaramillo

    Lesley was named editor-in-chief of More magazine in 2008, after building a career in senior positions at Glamour and Vogue, and as editor-in-chief of Redbook and then Marie Claire. Lesley was ranked fourth on Forbes’ Most Powerful Fashion Read more

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    Lorena Diaz Quijano

    Managing Director of the Argentine E-Commerce Chamber (CACE) Mentoring Karla Borges Furlaneto

    Lorena Diaz Quijano is an Internet, e-commerce and social media expert. Prior to joining CACE, she was corporate communications and CSR manager at MercadoLibre, Inc., Latin America’s leading Read more

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    Luz María de la Mora, PhD.

    Founder of LMMConsulting Mentoring Maria Teresa Leal

    Luz María is a recognized leader in foreign trade relations and international public policy, and has held multiple posts within the Mexican government. She has served as Undersecretary for Economic Relations and International Cooperation Read more

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    Rena M. De Sisto

    Global Arts & Culture and International CSR Executive, Bank of America Mentoring Panmela Castro

    Rena oversees support for nonprofit arts institutions worldwide as well as corporate social responsibility (CSR), including philanthropic giving outside of the U.S. for Bank of America. She leads several programs Read more

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    René Jones

    Founding Director of the UTA Foundation at United Talent Agency (UTA) Mentoring Ana Kátia Ferreira

    René provides strategic guidance for UTA’s clients and executives in their pursuit of meaningful philanthropy. In addition to her role at the foundation, Jones is also head Read more

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    Ana Kátia Ferreira

    Founder, Apoena Clothing Mentored by René Jones

    Ana Kátia started Apoena Clothing in 2003, a collective brand representing 168 women artisans in disadvantaged communities around Brasilia. Their clothing products integrate traditional embroidery techniques, Read more

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    Daise Rosas da Natividade

    Director of Institutional Relations, EOSS Consulting Company Mentored by Catherine (Katie) J. Morgan

    Daise is the Coordinator of Labor and Entrepreneurship of Women in Brasilia for the Brazilian Institute of Municipal Administration. Read more

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    Karla Borges Furlaneto

    Founding Partner, KB Associates Mentored by Lorena Diaz Quijano

    Karla is a lawyer with experience in economics and international law and served as a manager of the Department of Trade and Foreign Affairs at the Federation of Industries of State of São Paulo (FIESP). Read more

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    Lina Maria Useche Jaramillo

    President, Associação Aliança Empreendedora Mentored by Lesley Jane Seymour

    Lina is CEO and one of the founders of Aliança Empreendedora, a nonprofit organization that supports NGOs and local governments to design, test and implement inclusive business models and projects that stimulate Read more

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    Maria Teresa Leal

    Co-Founder, Artistic and Executive Coordinator, COOPA-ROCA Rocinha Seamstress and Craftwork Co-operative Ltd. Mentored by Luz María de la Mora, PhD.

    Maria Teresa founded COOPA-ROCA, a craftwork cooperative located in the favela of Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Read more

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    Panmela Castro

    President, Nami Rede Feminista de Arte Urbana; Owner, Panmela Castro Arte e Cultura Mentored by Rena De Sisto

    Panmela is an activist artist whose social policy work, primarily focused on gender equality, provides the core inspiration for the content of her provocative paintings. Using graffiti as a vehicle Read more

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    Vera Golik

    CEO and Partner, Fundo Infinito Comunicação e Responsabilidade Social Mentored by Fabiola Brumley

    Vera is a health, beauty and well-being journalist contributing to leading magazines in Brazil, including Cosmopolitan, Elle, Vogue, and Marie Claire.Read more

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    Nancy Brennan

    Managing Director, Head of Marketing, Global Banking & Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Mentoring Rosaleine S. Ramos

    Nancy is the marketing lead for the Global Banking & Marketing businesses for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, overseeing marketing, advertising, and event strategy.Read more

  • AMBASSADOR

    Michelle Garnaut

    Founder, M. Restaurant Group Mentoring Heena Patel

    Michelle Garnaut is a trained chef and restaurateur with a culinary career that spans three decades, several continents, and the full range of restaurant positions. Over the past 25 years, Michelle has opened a trio of restaurants and a bar in China: M at the Fringe in Hong KongRead more

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    Kate James

    Chief Communications Officer, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Mentoring Vipavee Kunavichayanont

    Kate James leads the Gates Foundation’s global communications efforts to raise awareness and build engagement around global poverty, health, and U.S. education issues. Kate oversees all communicationsRead more

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    Virginia Littlejohn

    President, CEO and Co-Founder, Quantum Leaps Inc. Mentoring Mari Sawai

    Among her numerous roles as an advocate for women’s entrepreneurship, Virginia Littlejohn has held leadership positions at the National Association of Women Business Owners, the World AssociationRead more

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    Susan McPherson

    Senior Vice President/Director of Global Marketing, Fenton Communication New York Mentoring Radziah Radzi

    Susan McPherson is a serial connector, passionate cause marketer, writer and corporate responsibility expert. As Senior Vice President and Director of Global Marketing at FentonRead more

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    Susan Roos

    Employment Attorney; Wife of U.S. Ambassador to Japan Mentoring Tingjun Zhang

    Susan H. Roos is a labor lawyer with substantial experience in defending employers in wrongful termination, sexual harassment, employment discrimination and trade secret litigation before federal and state courts.Read more

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    Burnet Tucker

    Senior Human Resources Executive, Bank of America Mentoring Mo Hom

    Burnet Tucker is the Global Head of Learning, Leadership Development and HR Shared Services for Bank of America. In this role, she is responsible for learning, talent managementRead more

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    Mo Hom

    Owner and Creative Director, Rose Gold Mountain Trading Co., Ltd.; Founder, Lotushom.com Mentored by Burnet Tucker

    After launching a successful clothing line and flagship boutique, Lotus Hom, in New York in 2010, Mo Hom moved back to Myanmar to focus on another dream — creating jobs and running her company in her home country. Read more

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    Vipavee Kunavichayanont

    Founder, Design for Disasters Mentored by Kate James

    In 2010, Vipavee Kunavichayanont co-founded Design for Disasters (D4D), a non-profit research and design initiative network focused on finding creative long-term solutions to prepare for and recover from natural disasters — from life-saving flotation devices to disaster risk reduction toolkits.Read more

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    Heena Patel

    Executive Director, The Island Foundation Mentored by Michelle Garnaut

    Heena Patel currently runs The Island Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of subsistence coastal communities in the Riau Archipelago through education and literacy, village development and marine conservation.Read more

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    Radziah Radzi

    Founder, Social Media Optimization (SOOMO); Managing Director, MRS Shorai Sdn Bhd; Treasurer, Association of Bumiputra Women Entrepreneur Network of Malaysia (WENA) Mentored by Susan McPherson

    Radziah Radzi is a social media entrepreneur but began her career as an engineer turned business owner. Read more

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    Rosaleine S. Ramos

    General Manager, Marka Sasa Enterprises Mentored by Nancy Brennan

    Rosaleine Ramos is the General Manager of Marka Sasa Enterprises, a local manufacturer and distributor of naturally fermented native vinegar and other condiments. A pharmacist by profession, Ms. Ramos has worked to strengthen the qualityRead more

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    Mari Sawai

    Co-Founder, Wedu Mentored by Virginia Littlejohn

    Mari Sawai is a co-founder of Wedu, a social enterprise with the mission to catalyze the development of women leaders in Southeast Asia by providing inspiring mentorship and innovative financing to complete university education. Wedu empowers women to achieve their full leadership potentialRead more

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    Tingjun Zhang

    Co-Founder & Director, The Chain Reaction Project Mentored by Susie Roos

    Ting is a former journalist/producer with regional broadcaster Channel NewsAsia, and an ex-national netball player for Singapore. Now a freelance emcee and motivational speaker, Tingjun devotes her time to developing TCRP’s growth strategy and sharing the team’s vision with the community. Read more

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    Candace Browning

    Head of Global Research Bank of America Merrill Lynch Mentoring Akanksha Hazari

    Candace Browning’s practice provides clients and employees of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management with top-quality investment insights and ideas, industry and company overviews and asset allocation recommendations. Read more

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    M. Susan Chambers

    Executive Vice President, People Division Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Mentoring Smita Mankad

    With over 25 years of experience in the manufacturing and retailing industries, M. Susan Chambers serves as the executive vice president of the Global People Division for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart).Read more

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    Julie Fasone Holder

    Founder and Principle JFH Insights Mentoring Sohini Chakraborty

    Julie Fasone Holder is an innovative and forward-thinking executive strategist. Prior to forming JFH Insights, Julie was senior vice president of Marketing, Sales and Corporate Reputation with the Dow Chemical Company, a Fortune 100 organization.Read more

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    Geraldine B. Laybourne

    Founder and Former Chairman and CEO Oxygen Media Mentoring Archana Surana

    Geraldine B. Laybourne founded Oxygen Media and served as its chairman and chief executive officer until November 2007 when the network was acquired by NBC Universal. Read more

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    Donna Orender

    CEO Orender Unlimited Mentoring Sarika Gupta Bhattacharyya

    Donna Orender is the CEO of Orender Unlimited, a sales, marketing, media and diversity strategies consulting firm. Orender Unlimited is also involved in the launch of a new brand, Generation W, focused on educating, inspiring and connecting women. Read more

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    Sarika Gupta Bhattacharyya

    Founder and Director Altavis Consulting Services Pvt. Ltd. Mentored by Donna Orender

    Sarika Gupta Bhattacharyya started her own venture after more than 11 years in investment banking, wealth management and financial services at institutions such as Merrill Lynch and ICICI Bank. Read more

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    Sohini Chakraborty

    Founder Kolkata Sanved Mentored by Julie Fasone Holder

    Sohini Chakraborty is an Ashoka Fellow, sociologist and dance activist. As founder and director of Kolkata Sanved, a center for dance movement as an alternative tool for therapy, recovery, communication and self-expression, she works to rehabilitate and mainstream victims of violence and trafficking. Read more

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    Akanksha Hazari

    Founder and CEO m.Paani Mentored by Candace Browning

    Akanksha Hazari is a social entrepreneur and businesswoman determined to empower the underserved and to help build a better India.Read more

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    Smita Mankad

    Managing Director Artisans Micro Finance Pvt. Ltd. (AMFPL) Mentored by Susan Chambers

    Smita Mankad is managing director of AMFPL, a subsidiary of Fabindia, a retail chain in the handcraft sector. Read more

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    Archana Surana

    Founder and Director Arch Academy of Design Mentored by Gerry Laybourne

    Archana Surana is an expert in design education, and through the Academy has trained more than 3,000 professionals and entrepreneurs in specialties ranging from fashion and textiles, to jewelry and crafts, to accessory and interior design.Read more

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    Dr. Rashmi Tiwari

    Chief Operating Officer, CEO Clubs of India Mentored by Janie Wanless

    Dr. Rashmi Tiwari leads a global business network and leadership development organization after serving as the associate director of the American Chamber of Commerce in India.Read more

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    Ann M. Veneman

    Former Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USA) Mentoring Maria Gabriela Hoch

    Ann Veneman has a distinguished career in public service, serving as the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from 2005 to 2010. Read more

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    Wendy Luhabe

    Champion of Economic Empowerment for Women Co-Founder, Women Investment Portfolio Holdings (South Africa) Mentoring Brigitte Dzogbenuku

    Wendy Luhabe co-founded Women Investment Portfolio Holdings in 1994, the first female-owned company to be listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.Read more

  • AMBASSADOR

    Inez McCormack

    Founder & Advisor, Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) Mentoring Noha Khatieb and Liron Peleg-Hadomi

    Inez McCormack is a longtime member of Vital Voices’ Global Leadership Network.Read more

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    Jennifer Taylor

    Chief Operating Officer, Asia Pacific Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Hong Kong) Mentoring Andeisha Farid

    Jennifer Taylor joined the Asia Pacific Executive Committee leadership team in November 2004.Read more

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    Denise Menelly

    Operations Executive Global Commercial and Corporate Banking Bank of America Merrill Lynch (USA) Mentoring Yin Myo “Misuu” Su

    Denise Menelly is the Global Head of Operations for Commercial and Corporate Banking at Bank of America.Read more

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    Andeisha Farid

    Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (Afghanistan) Mentored by Jennifer Taylor

    Andeisha Farid is the founder and executive director of a children’s NGO that runs 11 orphanages in Afghanistan, and refugee camps in Pakistan, for 600 ethnically diverse kids.Read more

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    Brigitte Dzogbenuku

    Executive Director Women Mentoring Women Organization (Ghana) Mentored by Wendy Luhabe

    Brigitte Dzogbenuku is the founder and executive director of Mentoring Women Ghana (MWG), a non-profit organization she launched in 2009 one year after participating in Vital Voices’ Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. Read more

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    Yin Myo “Misuu” Su

    Managing Director of Inle Princess Resort and Founder of Inthar Heritage House (Burma) Mentored by Denise Menelly

    Misuu was born and raised in Nyaungshwe, Shan State, Burma.Read more

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    Liron Peleg-Hadomi

    Community Organizer Coordinator, Vital Voices Peace and Prosperity (Israel) Mentored by Inez McCormack

    Liron Peleg-Hadomi is a community organizer in Israel focused on strengthening relations between Jews and Arabs.Read more

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    Maria Gabriela Hoch

    Founder and CEO, International Doorway Women’s Empowerment Mentored by Ann Veneman

    María Gabriela Hoch is co-founder and CEO of International Doorway Women’s Empowerment, founder and managing director of MGH Communication Management, and president and co-founder of Vital Voices Argentina. Read more

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    Noha Khatieb

    Director of Civic and Multicultural Education Ministry of Education Coordinator Mentored by Inez McCormack

    Noha Khatieb is an Arab educator from Israel and director of civic and multicultural education for the Ministry of Education.Read more

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    Maria Bello

    Actor, co-founder of WE ADVANCE Mentoring Marie Annaise Fertil Jean

    Maria Bello is an internationally renowned actor and women’s rights activist, and co-founder of WE ADVANCE, a movement to promote the health, safety and well-being of women in Haiti. Read more

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    Mu Sochua

    Member, Cambodian Parliament Mentoring Marie Giselhaine Mompremier

    Mu Sochua, has been at the forefront of Cambodia’s efforts for democratic reform, free elections and human rights for over 20 years. In 2006, Sochua became the first female Secretary General of Read more

  • AMBASSADOR

    Justine Metz

    Marketing Executive, Bank of America Mentoring Danielle Saint-Lôt

    Justine Metz joined Bank of America in 2009; she is responsible for developing and executing marketing strategy for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and US Read more

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    Connie Morella

    Former Member of Congress and Ambassador to the OECD Mentoring Rachel Coupaud

    Amb. Constance “Connie” Morella served as Ambassador to the OECD from 2003 to 2007 after representing Maryland’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for 16 years. Read more

  • AMBASSADOR

    Dr. Florence Chenoweth

    Minister of Agriculture, Republic of Liberia Mentoring Mimose Felix

    In 1977, Minister Chenoweth became Liberia’s – and Africa’s – first female minister of agriculture. The coup d’état in 1980 forced her to flee Liberia for the United States, and she went on to serve Read more

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    Marie Annaise Fertil Jean

    Lawyer, Nurse, Poet, Singer Mentored by Maria Bello

    Marie Annaise Fertil, a lawyer at the firm of Jean Volney Bellamin & Associés in Port-de-Paix, spent most of her career working as a nursing assistant. Her experiences as a health care worker led to the Northwest Active Women’s Network (REFANO), Read more

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    Marie Giselhaine Mompremier

    Women’s Rights Activist, Nurse, Law Clerk Mentored by Mu Sochua

    Marie is the director of the Association Femmes Soleil d’Haïti (Sun Association of Women in Haiti, or AFASDA), an organization that promotes women’s rights and civic and political participation. Read more

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    Danielle Saint-Lôt

    Women’s Rights Leader Mentored by Justine Metz

    Danielle Saint-Lôt is one of Haiti’s strongest advocates for women’s advancement. She’s the former executive director of Haiti’s Chamber of Commerce and industry and its former Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism. Read more

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    Rachel Coupaud

    Bridge Between Women, Business and Reconstruction Mentored by Connie Morella

    With a background in law and sustainable development, Rachel joined the Haiti Recovery Initiative (HRI) after the 2010 earthquake, charged with the creation and promotion of partnerships and alliances across public and private sectors. Read more

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    Mimose Felix

    Agronomy Engineer Mentored by Florence Chenoweth

    Mimose Felix is an agronomy engineer specializing in rural development and agro-forestry in Haiti. She’s been a longtime champion for integrating women into the country’s development sector. Read more

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    Paula Dominick .

    Global Compliance Executive, Bank of America Mentoring: Rana Kotaiche

    Paula Dominick is responsible for leading and overseeing global compliance activities for Bank of America.Read more

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    Denise Menelly

    Head of Operations, Global Wholesale Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Mentoring: Abeer D. Abu Ghaith

    Denise Menelly is responsible for delivering end-to-end solutions to Bank of America Corporation’s wholesale clients.Read more

  • AMBASSADOR

    Laura Whitley

    Head of Consumer Banking Services, Bank of America Mentoring: Ayat Ata-Allah

    Laura Whitley leads a team that delivers integrated banking and investment banking solutions to commercial clients both nationally and internationally.Read more

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    Manal Yaish Zraiq

    General director, Massar International Mentoring: Eman El Garhi

    Manal Zraiq is responsible for the management of the day-to-day business of Massar International and oversees the financial operations and project implementation.Read more

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    Donna Langley

    Chairman, Universal Pictures Mentoring: Fatima J. Al-Mohannadi

    Donna Langley works alongside Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson on all aspects of Universal’s business and production strategy. Read more

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    Ana Birchall

    Member of Parliament, Romania Mentoring: Sahar Dwaikat

    As a Member of Parliament, Ana Birchall has promoted policies for youth and women, and recently initiated ambitious legislation for equal opportunities in Romania.Read more

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    Lauren C. Anderson

    International Consultant Mentoring: Dalia Saafan

    Lauren is an international consultant, national security and crisis management expert, and a retired FBI Executive with a distinguished career at the agency. Read more

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    Arije Al-Amad

    Consultant for microfinance, women’s empowerment, coaching and mentoring Mentoring: Suaad Allami

    Arije is currently a freelance consultant specializing in microfinance and training/mentoring small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) Read more

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    Suaad Allami

    Founder and chair, Women for Progress Center, Iraq Mentored by: Arije Al-Amad

    Suaad Allami opened and operates the first all female legal clinic in Iraq, supervised five comprehensive women’s centers throughout Baghdad, Read more

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    Sahar Dwaikat

    Founder and chief executive officer of Flyer Ad for Graphic Design, Palestine Mentored by: Ana Birchall

    In 2011, Sahar founded Flyer Ad for Graphic Design, a Nablus-based company that designs, manufactures and distributes promotional materials tailored to the needs of individual clients. Read more

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    Ayat Ata-Allah

    Founder, Takween, Palestine Mentored by: Laura Whitley

    Ayat envisioned creating an environmentally friendly product to reduce the carbon footprint in Palestine. Read more

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    Alia Gharaibeh

    Founder and general manager, SHAPEshifters M.E., Jordan Mentored by: Donna Langley

    Alia is a leading management professional in Jordan. She runs a supply chain management consulting, training and business process outsourcing company that implements USAID Read more

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    Abeer D. Abu Ghaith

    Managing director, StayLinked, Palestine Mentored by: Denise Menelly

    Abeer has worked extensively in the private, public, global non-profit and educational sectors. She runs StayLinked, a start-up company that aims to increase human development and employment by providing job opportunities for professionals.Read more

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    Dalia Saafan

    Partner and head of coaching, Edge Consultants, Egypt Mentored by: Lauren Anderson

    Dalia Saafan has over seven years of experience as a life coach. As partner and head of coaching at Edge Consultants, Dalia has worked with over 3,500 individuals throughout her career.Read more

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    Eman El Garhi

    Finance and marketing director, Unitak for Investment in Real Estate and Tourism, Egypt Mentored by: Manal Yaish Zraiq

    Eman co-founded Unitak For Touristic Investment and Real Estate with her family in 1997, a company which built and manages the Logaina Sharm Resort in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.Read more

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    Rana Kotaiche

    CEO and co-owner, Blessing, Lebanon Mentored by: Paula Dominick

    Rana co-founded Blessing, an upscale full-service chocolate and souvenir catering business with clients throughout the Middle East.Read more

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    Fatima J. Al-Mohannadi

    Corporate planning analyst, Qatargas Mentored by: Donna Langley

    Fatima is an analyst at Qatargas, the largest producer of liquified natural gas in the world.Read more

ABOUT Mentoring

Mentoring is a critical path to leadership. We believe that it accelerates that path and is essential to the success of women leaders everywhere. Women in the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network lead in ways that bring new voices to the table. They understand the needs of their communities and create platforms to find solutions. Women leaders invest in shared progress by taking new skills, access to information and networks and sharing them with others, creating a ripple effect of positive change around the world. Learn more

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