Mentoring Women in Business

When women are economically empowered, everyone benefits. It reduces household poverty, increased life choices for women and boosts children’s wellbeing. Plus, our research shows closing the gender gap in entrepreneurship could boost global GDP by up to $5 trillion.

The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s flagship Mentoring Women in Business programme was born from the belief in the power of mentoring, a realisation of the role technology can play in building connections, and a view that community is a powerful force for change. By forging these elements together, we created a new way to support women entrepreneurs around the world to grow and strengthen their businesses and build their skills, confidence and knowledge.

Working with partners all around the world, we match experienced businesspeople in any country with woman entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries for a cross-border, entirely online mentoring relationship that takes place via our bespoke platform. This develops a woman’s professional skills and confidence, helps her achieve her business goals, builds her wealth, independence and security, and empowers her to create a better future for herself and her family. It also helps level the playing field for women entrepreneurs, who are at a disadvantage in business, creating major impact for communities and economies and driving towards positive, sustainable global development.

Since the programme’s launch in 2010, almost 5,000 women entrepreneurs from more than 100 countries have participated as mentees, with over 4,000 business professionals generously donating their time and sharing their experience as mentors.

Applications from potential mentees and mentors for the November start are open now, closing on 15 October.
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Since 2008, we’ve directly supported over 175,000 women to grow and strengthen their businesses, and in turn support their families and communities. Our ambitions are growing and through our 100,000 Women Campaign we’re now reaching tens of thousands of women entrepreneurs a year.

You can be part of this phenomenal movement by joining the Foundation as a corporate partner, professional mentor or one of our incredible woman entrepreneur mentees, or by making a transformational gift today.

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