The mission of W.O.M.E.N (Women Optimizing Mentoring, Education and Networking) in America is to position women early in their careers for future success.
W.O.M.E.N. aims to achieve this by:
- Providing an exclusive 18 month experience that builds targeted leadership skills,
- Creating a valuable support network to be leveraged over time,
- Inspire mentees to “Pay It Forward” and help develop the next generation of women professional leaders.
W.O.M.E.N. strongly believes that providing young professional women with confidence, support and encouragement, in addition to skill refinement, will be a powerful catalyst to professional growth and development and will leave these women inspired to pay it forward. Creating, over the long term, an ongoing cycle of women helping women and ultimately result in shattering the glass ceiling, which we believe can be done one pane at a time.
In the short term, mentees, through their access to top women executives, will be able to expand their careers and businesses more quickly than they could on their own.
The long-term strategic objective has two parts:
Part I is to enable women to fulfill their highest potential and move the needle on increasing the proportion of women as CEO’s, in the C-suite, Board roles and other prominent leadership roles in their chosen profession. In addition, this program seeks to give the appropriate business and leadership skills to aspiring women entrepreneurs to enable them to start their own businesses and succeed. We expect business growth and job creation.
Part II is to engender a paradigm shift so that women are expected to – and do – actively help other women through a conscious incorporation of “paying it forward” into their leadership style and daily actions.
W.O.M.E.N. in America targets aspiring, high potential women with:
*Four to seven years of post graduate business work experience
*Demonstrated leadership potential to “breakthrough” to a high influence, executive leadership position
*Diverse personal backgrounds and professional experiences
*Clear career direction and aspirations
*Careers in industries/functions in which significant barriers to success have historically existed
*Desire to learn and “Pay It Forward”