The Goldman Sachs Fortune Global Women Leaders Award
From Pattie Sellers, Editor-at-Large, Fortune
Congratulations! The award judges have met, and you are one of the two recipients of the Goldman Sachs & Fortune Global Women Leaders Award. There were so many tremendous candidates - it was very difficult to choose. You will share the $50,000 award with Penelope Machipi of Zambia, one of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women candidates. The two of you will travel to the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in San Diego to receive the award – to be presented on September 14 at the gala dinner at the opening night of the Summit. The Summit ends on Wednesday, September 16.
Hoop Sistas Basketball Club, was born out of the experience of the Founder who participated in the Fortune/State Department Global Mentoring Partnership program in May 2008. Under the mentorship of the President of the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association), Donna Orender,2006-2011, it was recognized that girls and young women could be empowered physically, socially politically and even career wise by playing basketball through sports and fitness in general. Sports and fitness empowers young women particularly by contributing to their strength, self-esteem and self-confidence.
Hoop Sistas Basketball Club, is a mentoring programme, which seeks to build these character attributes in young Ghanaian women through sports.
Salamatu Alhassan A physical education instructor and coach at Reverend John Tei Memorial School
Zenabu S. Akoto A physical education teacher and coach at Ghana International School
Sports – a tool for women’s empowerment
Playing sports empowers the young Ghanaian woman by contributing to their strength, self-esteem and self-confidence. Various statistics prove that women’s lives could be positively impacted through their active involvement in playing some sport.
In general, it has been found that:
Of 401 successful women in business surveyed over 80% agreed that sports helped them to succeed, made them more disciplined, made them more focused as a ‘team player’ and 70% said it helped them develop their leadership skills and contributed to their professional development. (Oppenheimer Funds Study) and as quoted in an edition of Prevention magazine, 80% of female leaders in Fortune 500 companies participated in high school athletics. Also, “more than 4 out of 5 executive businesswomen played sports growing up. The vast majority say lessons learned on the playing field have contributed to their success in business.”
Enhancing athletic opportunity for young women and girls is therefore of vital importance because of the significant physical, psychological, and sociological benefits those opportunities provide. A number of studies have recognized the role that athletic opportunities for women provide in promoting greater academic success, responsible social behaviours, and increased personal skills (Title IX: Gender Equity in College Sports: An AAUP Position Paper, June 2003).
Background Of Mentoring Walk
The Founder of Mentoring Women, Brigitte Dzogbenuku, an alumnus of Fortune State Department Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership, along with mentees from other countries, was inspired on the Fortune programme by one speaker, Geraldine Laybourne. Her style of mentoring, where she would have younger women walk through Central Park of New York with more accomplished women while picking up lessons in professional, emotional and social life in order to give them a more rounded outlook on life inspired the alumni to replicate this in their various countries.
Mentoring walk is a program that is designed to create, establish and nurture a connection between accomplished women of substance and young/aspiring women leaders in the community. This approach mentorship is three-pronged: professional, social and emotional. Through these processes participants will be building trust in one another through conferencing/meeting, observation, coaching and the development of life plans and actions. It will inspire and challenge mentees to change their thinking to positively seeing themselves succeed, lead and inspire others.
The mentoring program focuses on establishing a connection between accomplished women of substance and young/aspiring women leaders in the community. The approach to this mentorship is three-pronged: professional, social and emotional. Through these processes participants will be building trust in one another through conferencing/meeting, observation, coaching and the development of growth plans and actions. It will inspire and challenge mentees to change their thinking to positively seeing themselves succeed, lead and inspire others. Ultimately it will nurture a community of dedicated women leaders who will in turn impact younger women’s lives.
Vision, Mission, Objectives
Vision: A community of empowered women living lives worthy of emulation who have long term positive impacts on their communities.
Mission: To continuously inspire a new cadre of young women leaders
1. To highlight the need for mentoring as a means to positively influence the lives of women in our society
2. To identify role models for younger women
3. Personal, social and career development inspired by the lives of women
4. To encourage dialogue between the older and younger generation of women on common issues in order to impact the community in which they find themselves.
Who is a mentor?
A mentor is "a trusted counselor or guide” or “a wise, loyal advisor or coach."
They possess vast personal and social experiences to share and are willing to do so with their mentees. They serve as a trusted confidante over an extended period of time, usually free of charge.
Institutional mentors are also being explored – where mentees are not only mentored by the mentor, but will also experience the entire institution, in which the mentor works.
Their reason for doing this is most importantly as a way of giving back or paying their opportunities forward to their community and to society at large. Contact us to be a mentor.
Who is a mentee?
Mentees are young women who have demonstrated signs of dedication and focus, who have displayed leadership skills, passion and enthusiasm.
They could include women who run their own businesses, work in the private or public sector, or are just completing a tertiary institution.