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Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership
November 20, 2023

The Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of State, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, and Vital Voices Global Partnership that equips international emerging women leaders with business and leadership skills while expanding their networks and inspiring them to pay it forward in their own communities.

The program connects talented, emerging women leaders from all over the world with members of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Leaders for a three-week-long program. It begins with an orientation in Washington, D.C., where mentees meet with senior women leaders in government, business, academia, civil society and the media. Participants are then paired with one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Leaders from companies like Goldman Sachs, Aetna, and Johnson & Johnson in cities across the United States. At the end of the mentorship, emerging leaders reconvene in New York City to collectively reflect on their experience and discuss future leadership opportunities.

Over the past 17 years, the program has connected more than 380 women from over 58 countries and territories with CEOs and other executive women mentors from the Fortune Most Powerful Women community, resulting in the expansion of professional networks and skill development opportunities for international emerging leaders.

For the 2024 program, scheduled for April 28 to May 18, we are pleased to open to applicants from Bosnia and Herzegovina!

The qualifications for the ideal candidate include:

  • A previously established commitment to paying it forward and helping others, especially women and girls in their home communities, succeed.
  • An excellent command of the English language, including business-related terms.
  • A potential for professional growth. Participants may be entrepreneurs, those who work in middle/upper management for non-U.S.-based corporations, or women who run business associations, foundations, or NGOs.
  • A demonstrated willingness to participate in exchange programs. Participants should welcome opportunities for mentoring and new partnership development, and exhibit confidence and maturity. Participants will also need to attend to any commitments they have to their home business outside of program hours.
  • A self-motivated work ethic. Participants should be destined for success in their professions and sectors and exhibit a willingness to work on their business and leadership skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to be dependable, prepared, and on-time. Participants must also exhibit flexibility and be open to treating the mentoring experience as a learning opportunity.
  • Little or no experience living, working, or studying in the United States. This program should be a unique and special opportunity for the ideal candidate.

Please note:

  • Many past participants have had higher education degrees in business and management, but there is no mandatory education-level qualification.
  • Individuals who currently work for Fortune 500 companies abroad are not eligible.

Applicants must complete an application form and email it as an attachment to BHEXC@state.gov with “2024 Fortune – Your Name” in the subject line by 11:59 pm (BiH time), Sunday, December 10, 2023.

The U.S. Embassy Public Diplomacy Section will conduct interviews with select candidates and nominate up to four candidates for the 2024 program; final selection of participants in the 2024 program will be pending approval from the U.S. Department of State Educational and Cultural Exchange (ECA) Bureau in February 2024. The program covers airfare, lodging, and per diem for selected participants.

More information on the worldwide program as well as alumnae success stories can be found here and here.