2008: The Concept
In 2008, a group of Senior Executive female leaders from various organizations met at the 2008 FORTUNE Most Powerful Women’s Summit. These women discovered that they shared a passion for helping professional business women in our country, who are early in their career lifecycle, develop and advance their careers.
2009: The Momentum
In 2009, the group founded W.O.M.E.N. in America (Women Optimizing Mentoring, Education and Networking). The vision is simple: To create a paradigm shift that will enable women to penetrate the C-suite in increasing numbers. In November 2009, the W.O.M.E.N. in America program launched as a pilot with the inaugural Class of 2010 mentees.
Today: The Journey
In just four years, the group has expanded to over 150 members with a new class of mentees being accepted every 2 years. The mentees represent the best and brightest future leaders of business and industry in America.
Through year-round mentorship, education, and networking opportunities, the vision of the founders of the W.O.M.E.N. in America program continues to flourish and make tangible impacts on the lives of women in business. For the program founders, what started as an idea among a group of like-minded women at a conference has become a rewarding and inspiring reality for a close knit group of friends.