In 2012, Vital Voices and Bank of America launched a signature partnership to advance women’s economic empowerment through leadership development and skills-building. The Global Ambassadors Program (GAP) connects extraordinary women leaders to a unique mentorship opportunity, including one-on-one mentoring sessions and strategic workshops focused on building organizational management, financial acumen and leadership skills. The effort builds on Bank of America’s and Vital Voices’ history of investing in women’s leadership development, which is guided by a belief that strong leaders are vital to healthy, vibrant communities and a core to creating economic growth.
Women business owners or leaders of social enterprises from around the world serve as mentees*. For the Charlotte, North Carolina program May 8-12 — our first in the U.S. — we have the unique opportunity to include women business owners from North and South Carolina to serve as mentees alongside our international cohort.
Visit the online application form to learn more about the selection criteria. The application period has now closed.
As part of the program, we bring together between eight to twelve women leaders (mentees) from around the world to work with a cohort of Global Ambassadors, established women executives from a range of sectors and organizations, on the challenges facing mentees and their organizations. By mobilizing the talent, skills and expertise of Global Ambassadors to mentor and train the next generation of global influencers — women who are poised to have a transformational impact in their communities and beyond — the program helps advance women leaders in the global economy. Designed to generate a ripple effect based on findings that show that women leaders share new skills and knowledge with those around them, GAP leverages the experience and expertise of the Global Ambassadors and mentees to develop and elevate a powerful network of women leaders around the world.
*The Global Ambassadors Program in Charlotte, North Carolina, May 8-12 will address the ongoing needs and challenges facing women leaders in the private sector from specific counties in North and South Carolina in the United States, as well from countries around the world, and will underscore the critical function that women can and must play in moving local economies forward and highlight the role of women as drivers of innovation and socio-economic growth. In conjunction with the Global Ambassadors Program in Charlotte, we will convene a thought leadership event to advance dialogue around the challenges and opportunities of women’s leadership, as well as economic and societal change.