In partnership and support of EY, the WABN Mentoring Program is designed to harness the untapped leadership potential of female athletes. Elite women athletes who have transitioned or are in the process of transitioning from a career in sport are matched with prominent women leaders from the membership of the International Women’s Forum.
25 Mentees were competitively selected for the 2016 program year and assigned a mentor who is an accomplished and recognized leader in her field. Mentors and mentees agree to connect at least eight times across the course of the program year. These elite athletes were selected based on a proven track record of athletic and academic achievement and their goals to be impactful leaders.
The International Women’s Forum and its membership of 6,400+ of the world’s most preeminent women leaders in 34 nations on six continents serves as an unmatched resource of mentors. IWF’s mission is to build better global leadership across careers, cultures and continents by uniting women of significant and diverse achievement through training, mentoring, and connectivity. The IWF member leaders who are volunteering as mentors are well positioned to provide valuable insights and lessons to the athletes as they advance in their leadership journeys.
- The first female 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.
- 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.
Anita Maxwell on the WABN Mentoring Experience
More information on WABN may be found at (www.ey.com/womenathletesnetwork).