Elite women athletes bring a critical foundation of leadership to any endeavor that can’t be taught in the classroom. To harness this potential, the Leadership Foundation, in partnership with Ernst & Young (EY), developed the EY Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) Mentoring Program.
The WABN Mentoring Program is 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 year, we pair up to 25 elite women athletes with IWF leaders and mentors for a high-touch mentoring and training experience.
Now in its fourth year, 96 percent of WABN mentees report their relationship with an IWF mentor and access to EY WABN resources has benefited them.
The 2018 Mentee Class includes 24 participants, representing 16 sports and 8 nations. These young women are exemplary–they are world record holders, Olympians, medal winners, doctors, business women, and so much more. Each of them have ambition and passion and are looking for guidance in becoming stronger leaders.
- The first woman to head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, was a member of the French national synchronized swimming team.
- Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played several sports, including basketball, soccer and softball.
- Former US National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was a competitive figure skater and tennis player.
- Former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi played cricket in India and later baseball in the US.
- Mondolēz International CEO Irene Rosenfeld was a four-sport athlete in high school and played basketball at Cornell University.
- Former DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman played college basketball at Tufts University.
- The Co-Founder of Marvell Technology Group, Weili Dai, played semi-professional basketball in China.
More information on WABN may be found at (www.ey.com/womenathletesnetwork).