The Leadership Foundation, IWF’s charitable and educational entity, empowers high-potential women leaders through training, mentoring, and networking opportunities. The Leadership Foundation supports this mission through the Fellows Program and the EY Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) Mentoring Program. Our programs are an important investment in the future of women’s leadership.
The Fellows Program was launched as the flagship initiative of the Leadership Foundation in 1994 with seed funding from the U.S. Department of Labor as a direct result of the Glass Ceiling Commission (1991-1995). The original curriculum was designed to specifically target the challenges outlined by the Glass Ceiling Commission for women aspiring to top levels of leadership.
Each year, we aim to select a geographically, culturally, ethnically, and professionally diverse group of women leaders. Since 1994, we have served more than 450 women leaders from 50 nations.
EY Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) Mentoring Program
Elite athletes possess a critical foundation of leadership that can’t be taught in the classroom. To harness the potential of these aspiring leaders, the Leadership Foundation, in partnership with Ernst & Young (EY), developed the EY Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) Mentoring Program.
Launched in 2015, WABN is a high-touch mentoring and training experience designed to provide the necessary support and guidance elite athletes require as they transition from sport to new career paths or advance further into their post-sport profession. Each class of 25 elite women athletes is paired with IWF leaders and mentors for a year-long mentorship.