This week, in more than 18 countries around the world, women will come together with a broad coalition of supporters in their communities to participate in the Vital Voices Mentoring Walks, a global effort to raise awareness on the positive power of mentorship.
Since 2006, the State Department and FORTUNE have teamed up with Vital Voices to build on our annual Global Mentorship Partnership to expand the network of women -- and men -- who use mentorship to empower others. In fact, the mentoring walks started when founder and former CEO of Oxygen Media Geraldine Layborne's schedule didn't allow her to meet with the scores of young women who sought her advice. Instead of rejecting meeting requests, she opened her morning walks each day in New York City as a gateway for her to connect with these young women. Today, these walks have spread across the United States and throughout the world.
As Secretary Clinton said, "There are women and girls in our country and around the world, who have the talent, the intellect, the drive to succeed, but who lack the support." The State Department/Fortune Global Women's Mentoring Partnership seeks to provide the support to springboard women leaders into action as they pursue their dreams. You can learn about this thriving partnership in the video.
Now, with close to 200 women alumnae of our Global Mentorship Partnership, we have expanded that reach to every region of the world. This week, Mentoring Walks will take place in Argentina, China, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Panama, Poland, Serbia, South Africa, Tunisia, and Uganda.
From small towns to thriving metropolises, these Mentoring Walks serve as a reminder that through mentorship we can spark the next new idea, empower a young girl, or inspire the next generation of global leaders.
Join the conversation on Twitter and share how mentorship has impacted you. Use the hashtags #MentoringWalk and #VVLead and let us hear your story.