Results & Impact

Mentoring relationships have the power and capacity to transform society. Relationships that extend over time and across geographies and industries — along with the profoundly transformative exchange of knowledge, ideas, data and perspectives — create a systemic and deep talent pool of women leaders that drives economic growth and social progress. 

HOW WE LEARN

Our monitoring and evaluation methodology tracks progress through quarterly surveys that gauge:

  • Organizational growth — sales, workforce and indirect beneficiaries
  • Progress on SMART goals set during the program
  • Organizational leadership progress
  • Ongoing mentoring relationships and new contacts made

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Our qualitative M&E tracks strong relationships and networks that expand long after a program concludes in a particular country. Ongoing communication and collaboration between mentor-mentee pairs and across cohorts has resulted in successful enterprises, transformed business models, and partnerships and connections that have opened new doors to funding.

During the Global Ambassadors Program week, mentees build new and solid or enhance existing business plans, gain technical knowledge and develop leadership skills and connections that are needed to strengthen their businesses or social enterprises. They return home with a strong desire to pay forward the investment made in them to the next generation. They do this by leading initiatives such as the creation of local mentoring programs, and the mobilization of networks of entrepreneurs to call for better business climates for women. In some cases, mentees have gone on to participate in or serve as trainers for other Vital Voices programs.

Global Ambassadors are enriched and inspired through the sharing of experience and expertise with women leaders from around the world. 

They learn about international business practices and develop new friendships and alliances with one another. Each Global Ambassador says that she learns more from her mentee than she was able to teach. They appreciate the tailor-made and structured opportunity to give back in a safe environment where their mentees literally blossom before their eyes within the week that they spend together.

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