The International Women’s Forum (IWF), in partnership with EY, is proud to announce the 2017 class of the EY Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) Mentoring Program, and the elite women athletes selected for a year-long mentoring experience. The EY WABN program provides participants with tailored support as they transition from sport to careers in business or other professional spheres. Now in its third year, 25 mentees are carefully paired with top executives from IWF’s global network of more than 6,500 women business leaders across 35 nations and six continents.
The 2017 mentee class participants hail from 11 countries and have competed in over 20 sports including rowing, weightlifting, soccer, free diving and field hockey. This year’s class also features 12 Olympic athletes and multiple World Championship and World Cup medalists. The full list of 2017 WABN mentees and their mentors can be found here: http://iwforum.org/2017-wabn-mentees-mentors/
Beth Brooke-Marciniak, EY’s Global Vice Chair – Public Policy, says:
“Our research has shown that a background in sport can help accelerate a woman’s professional career. The drive, discipline and dedication of elite female athletes, in particular, make them a unique leadership talent pool. By pairing these 25 inspiring women with top female executives, we want to nurture their leadership skills for extraordinary success not only in sport but also in the business world.”
The 2017 mentors include a diverse group of C-suite executives, entrepreneurs and influential leaders across the membership of IWF – all women who can teach and inspire the athlete mentees just as their coaches have. In addition to the mentoring relationships, the athletes will receive an EY liaison who will help connect them with EY’s internal and external global business networks.
Stephanie Mathews O’Keefe, CEO, International Women’s Forum (IWF), says:
“IWF members are pioneers, trailblazers and innovators, and we’re proud to partner with EY to harness their collective insights and expertise as mentors supporting the professional development of the 2017 WABN class.”