The EY Women Athletes Business Network Mentoring Program to Begin Accepting Applications for 4th Cohort of Elite Female Athletes
WASHINGTON, D.C. – [September 14, 2017] – Today, the IWF Leadership Foundation, in partnership with EY, opened the application process for the fourth annual Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) Mentoring Program.
Launched in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2013, EY’s Women Athletes Business Network has been building a bridge between women in the business world and female athletes from across the globe, guiding them through their transition and creating new opportunities for highly successful and ambitious women athletes. Participants in the WABN Mentoring Program to date represent 34 sports and 22 countries.
“Elite women athletes bring a critical foundation of leadership to any endeavor,” said Françoise Lyon, Board President of the IWF Leadership Foundation. “To harness the potential of these aspiring leaders, the IWF Leadership Foundation and EY developed the WABN Mentoring Program.”
“The Leadership Foundation is proud to deliver a critical component of WABN-mentorship. The IWF members who mentor these athletes provide wise counsel and common sense advice. This support can often make the difference in the athlete’s understanding the importance of skills learned in sport to success in another area.”
Each year, 25 elite women athletes are selected for the program by an international panel of EY and IWF advisors. Click here to meet the 2017 WABN mentees and their IWF mentors.
Ana Jelusic Black, 2017 WABN mentee and three-time Olympian in alpine skiing, says of the WABN Mentoring Program experience, “I can’t praise it enough. Having someone who has “been there” and is willing to share their wisdom with me has been an amazing opportunity.”
All elite female athletes looking to make an impact in their post-sport career should apply no later than Friday, November 3, 2017 on the IWF website.