In 2012, Vital Voices and Bank of America developed a signature partnership to accelerate women’s leadership and economic empowerment throughout the world.

Our work is rooted in a shared history of investing in leadership development, guided by a belief that strong women leaders are vital to healthy, vibrant communities and core to creating economic growth.


The Global Ambassadors Program connects women leaders (mentees) — at a tipping point in their professional, business and leadership paths — with established women executives (Global Ambassadors or mentors) for mentorship.

We take an innovative, immersive approach to mentoring in regions around the world; offering in-person exchanges, business acumen and skills training, networking and personal development workshops.

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Where We Work

We have implemented programs on six continents across the globe, expanding our network and deepening our impact as we go. Click on a city on the map to learn more.

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“Mentoring costs nothing, apart from time. It is one of the most powerful gifts that one person can give to another and there is a place for mentorship in every society, at every level.”
-Read Zoë Dean-Smith’s blog Perspectives on Mentoring

Did you know?

  • Women entrepreneurs benefit from strategic assistance, coaching and networks during the start-up phases of their businesses. Read the 2011 Inter-American Development Bank report.
  • Read the 2010 World Bank study citing networks and mentors as critical to successful enterprise growth among entrepreneurs.
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“This program has revolutionized my life and business. Armed with one-on-one mentoring and advanced training, I went from overworked chief beekeeper to successful CEO and have seen significant improvement in every aspect of my triple bottom line (people, planet and profit).”
Grace Foster-Reid, CEO, EcoFarms, Jamaica

  • Studies by the World Economic Forum confirm a strong correlation between gender equality and the level of a country’s GDP per capita.
  • Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) make a significant contribution to job creation and to increasing a country’s competitiveness. SMEs account for 90% of all businesses in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies. Read the study.
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