Denzel Washington Weekend!

Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit and the U.S. State Department, under the leadership of Secretary Hillary Clinton, run the Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership.

This year thirty three emerging women leaders This public private partnership places young women in mentoring programmes with Fortunes Most Powerful Women Leaders who share their time, talent and expertise in business with the next generation of international women leaders.

This year thirty three emerging women leaders from Afghanistan, Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, India, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and Zimbabwe are being mentored by participants of the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit. The professional and personal ties that grow out of the mentoring relationships last well beyond the month long program and enable the international participants to bring positive change to their companies and communities. Among this year’s mentors are: Ann S. Moore, Chairman and CEO at Time Inc.; Susan Chambers, Executive Vice President in the Global People Division at Wal Mart Stores; Margaret Mattix, Suzanne McCarron, and Terri Fariello, all in senior positions at ExxonMobil Corp.; and Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Products and User Experience at Google Inc.

I was honoured to be selected for the 2010 programme running 25 April to 21 May. I have three mentors: the President of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) (, Donna Orender; the cofounder of the programme and Vice President of External Relations of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) (, Carrie Ross Welch and Chief Executive, Meredith Whitney Advisory Group LLC, Meredith Whitney (

The program opened with a three day orientation session in Washington, DC, where we met with senior women in government, academia, and business. We are now in the second phase of the programme where we are with our mentors, the FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women Leaders. I am based in New York. So the botched bomb scare at Times Square is three blocked away from my hotel. How comforting!

The programme concludes with a two-day debriefing in New York City, where we will attend workshops on media and communications strategies and meet with senior executives from New York based companies.

This weekend, Saturday, 8 May, I am looking forward to going to watch a play on Broadway with Denzel Washington called ‘Fences’. There is a walk on Sunday, 9 May in New York to celebrate the O Magazines 10 year anniversary. I hope I will join in, but it will depend what else is on the go.

I will be in touch soon with another update.

Until then, my quote to inspire you:

Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.


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