Fortune: U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership

Fortune U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership


Announcement: Applications are closed for the current program cycle

The  Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership application season for 2017 is now closed and the interview process has been completed.  We received an unprecedented number of applications which underscored the fact that South African women are doing outstanding work in the business sector.  For those who applied, thank you for your interest in the program.  Please note that if you haven’t heard from us by January 18, 2017, your application was unsuccessful.  Do browse the U.S. Mission website for other exchange opportunities. 

Program Summary:  This professional exchange brings emerging women leaders from around the world to the U.S. for a four-week mentoring program.  Over the past eleven years, the program has connected more than 280 women from more than 50 countries and territories with executive women mentors from the Fortune Most Powerful Women community, resulting in the expansion of professional networks and skill development opportunities for the emerging leaders. Women in the business and NGO sectors between the ages of 25-40 are eligible for the Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership.

Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women mentors include CEOs and senior executives from some of America’s most internationally recognized companies such as IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Airbnb, and other well-known, U.S.-based companies.  The program provides participants with unique opportunities to develop their management and business skills while gaining experience in the U.S. business and non-profit environment.  Past participants have expanded their businesses, become involved in political campaigns in their home countries, won the Goldman Sachs and Fortune Global Women Leaders Award, and been nominated for the CNN Heroes awards.

FUNDING AND PARTNERSHIP – This project is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of State and Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit.  The U.S. State Department will cover international flights, per diem for the Washington, D.C. and New York program and domestic airfare to and from the mentoring sites.  The mentoring companies contribute international airfare, lodging, and per diem for their mentees during the mentoring portion of the program.  Fortune Most Powerful Women will make matches between volunteer mentors and nominees based on compatibility of skills, background, and experience.

The qualifications for the ideal candidate include:


  • Women who run their own businesses, work in middle/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.
  • A compatibility of skills, background, and experience between selected participants and their potential mentors will be a part of the selection criteria.
  • 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.
  • Individuals who work for Fortune 500 companies abroad are not eligible.