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23 Feb 2019

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.

23 Feb 2019

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.


Our Coaches

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:

  • Half of all girls who participate in some type of sports experience have higher than average levels of self-esteem and less depression. (Colton & Gore, Risk, Resiliency and Resistance; Current Research on Adolescent Girls, Ms. Foundation 1991)
  • Teenage female athletes are less than half as likely to get pregnant as female non-athletes. (The Women's Sports Foundation Report: Sport and teen Pregnancy, May 1998).
  • Women who are active in sports and recreational activities feel greater confidence, self-esteem; take pride in their physical appearance and social selves than those who were sedentary as kids. (Miller Lite Report, 1985; Melpomene Institute, 1995.)

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).

23 Feb 2019

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 Concept

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

Key Objectives

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.

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Mentoring Women Ghana is a non-profit organization established in Ghana in 2009. The objective of the organization is to grow young women through mentoring by more mature and accomplished women. The mentoring is done mainly through sports programmes, professional interaction and personal development programs. This we believe would help cultivate in them leadership qualities, career direction, personal and social development through which they can positively impact their immediate communities and beyond.

Programmes: Mentoring Walk, Hoop Sistas Basketball Club, Conversations and Personal development training programs.                    

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Mrs. Gillian Hammah (Chief Marketing Officer- Databank Group) was and is still my mentor and I am a Customer Service Representative at Databank; from Internship - National Service Person - Contract Staff. I persisted, learned and worked to sail through. It was not smooth but was worth adapting and n ...

My Mentorship experience has been awesome. I attended Mentoring Walk when I had to participate in an interview process at the UN Information Center and I clearly needed direction on the activities of the UN in Ghana. My Mentor, Madam Mercy Konadu guided me and I passed the interview. I was invited t ...

Thanks to Mentoring Women Ghana, during my shadow week I had the opportunity to sit on an interview panel with my mentor (Angela Dedo Kofi), and the mock interview with Unilever helped me to know presentation is key.

Ivy Antwi (Mentee) (2015)

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Mentoring Women Ghana is a non-profit organization established in Ghana whose objective is to grow young women through mentoring by more mature and accomplished women, and through sports,  in order to imbue them with leadership qualities with which they can positively impact their communities. Our main programs are Mentoring Walk and Hoop Sistas Club.

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