Paying It Forward Through Mentorship

Posted by Allison Dower
May 15, 2014
Assistant Secretary Ryan Poses for a Photo With Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women's Mentoring Partnership Mentees

As she read Tidings Chimphondah’s biography and resume, Wendy Clark, Senior Vice President of Coca-Cola’s Global Sparkling Brand Center, had to remind herself that she was the mentor and not the mentee.  And Tidings, managing director of an agricultural company called Progroup Holdings Limited in Zimbabwe -- in addition to being an accountant, MBA student, married mother of two, and second-in-command at her firm -- was her mentee.

Wendy saw this as an opportunity not only to impart the knowledge she had to Tidings, but as a chance to learn from a peer with her own successes to share. Every year, the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership pairs emerging women leaders from around the world with executive women leaders in the United States who participate in the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit.  The program provides opportunities to enhance leadership and management skills, address professional challenges, share best practices, and of course, build long-lasting relationships.  

For many of the participants, the mentorships provided new inspiration, like ideas for expanding their outreach to communities through political engagement.  The program also reminded them that we are all human, for example, when one mentee saw that her mentor was a little nervous before a media interview. 

The lessons that Wendy Clark learned from her time with Tidings Chimphondah of Zimbabwe speak to the impact of the program on mentees and mentors alike, but also on the need for exchanges that help entrepreneurs and those who want to expand their businesses.  As we celebrate Small Business Week, it is important to recognize the value of mentorship in growing successful businesses.  Mentoring programs broaden each participant’s worldview and provide opportunities for women to connect on a professional and personal level. 

The 23 mentees from across the globe returned home last month, eager to “pay it forward.”  After all, that is the nature of mentoring: sharing your own experiences and knowledge with others so they in turn may share it within their own networks.  We look forward to hearing about their continued collaboration and success.  Let us know how mentorships like this have impacted your community in the comments.

About the Author: Allison Dower serves as a Program Specialist in the Office of Professional and Cultural Exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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Salim A.
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New York, USA
May 16, 2014
thanks for the post
ZEK L.
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Maryland, USA
July 13, 2014
-So what's the purpose of international education without a functioning one world Government? The realty of economics, power, and global competition make the stated goal of international education programs appear to be more than pointless....especially to AMERICAN citizens who suffered during the Bush administration and were never able to recover from the damage. The State Dept. has a responsibility to protect the American people from this kind of damage...ESPECIALLY, when international agreements and transactions conducted BY a corrupt administration burden American people with LINGERING harm. The purpose of the State Department is still it's duty to the American people. Diplomacy is obviously necessary. International community is a beautiful thing, in the hands of people...NOT Government agencies. The success of an international education program created by the State, Dept. is pretty infuriating to an American who's education is worthless in the aftermath of the last 2 decades. We are at the mercy of corruption, white collar crime, and God knows what else. The State Dept. should understand complicated threats such as economic and psychological attacks. The State Dept should be mindful of equality and opportunity, and defend it. Our elected officials are losing credibility. College graduates are ignoring the world outside of their picnic areas...and smiling their way into permanent ignorance. I apologize if my comments appear to inflammatory. I awaken each day to a situation that's unbearable. The only real oversight in terms of global corruption are mad men in tin foil hats. Government was intended to be of the people, for the people, and by the people. Who do you think I am exactly? This program seems to very selfish. The State Dept's duty is to the American people...NOT the "'International community." The "international community" only refers to a population of wealth, power, and influence. It's very small community, and there are membership dues. Who is this program really for? Where are the emerging young female leaders who should understand and appreciate me? Where are the young leaders who are willing to answer my questions? Are we really interested in change? Does anyone care about anything? Does an individual just get lost in the act of going to school, and completing exams...then enjoying themselves, and fulfilling their requirements, and then watching T.V. and then blogging etc.? I don't like what I see at all. It really breaks my heart.
ZEK L.
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Maryland, USA
July 24, 2014
Hey! Little system of the satellites, - I've got a song to play when the rain arrives in my blood-stream. Just like in a rough dream babe. Just scream....anyway. Gotta drive a long way.....if I... ever wanna see the sun..... Down a countryside.... -in the civilized world... Allison has gone far away.... -and I don't know if I see tomorrow. Hey! Little system of the satellites! Broken Twilight falls in the valley. -Just like the rough dream. Rain arrives in my blood-stream babe. Just scream anyway. Cause the movie show's alright.... and we're great. The movie show's a... vivid dream... For anyone I know.
ZEK L.
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Maryland, USA
August 8, 2014
All youhave to do to get into serious trouble is figure out where you are and what's actually happening around you. An intelligent person will have intelligence as a result of being who they are. An agency that controls intelligence will control that person. You need intelligence to understand intelligence. You need intelligence to experience a certain form of emotional distress, and the people who control intelligence can create emotional distress , in order to control a person who is intelligent. A person who is succesful isn't neccesarily intelligent. Especially not now. I can't describe the insult that peirces me when I recall my time as a student at the California institute of the Arts. I actually love the place, and anyone who was there knows that the faculty was an afterthought...... Sharing intelligence with people who aren't intellgent is impossible. People who aren't intelligent don't attract the attention of people who control intelligence. Therefore...they are are either of no help at all or a serious problem for someone engaged in a struggle for their own well being, because their intelligence makes them a target for those who must control intelligence. It's hard to control intelligence. It's hard to be intelligent without being part of intelligence. Intellgent people can see and understand things that may be hidden, and the agencies that control intelligence have to make sure that if they do.....The REST of you are 100 percent sure that this person is a paranoid schizophrenic...because a paranoid schizohporenic is somebody the square community will never care about. We don't know what CAUSES paranoid schizophrenia.....unless we're intelligent, and the agencies who control Intelligence are creating emotional distress in order to control us. It's not that I'm paranoid. It's really all a matter of intelligence. People like James Bravo don't have it, and they can't control it. The emotional distress is enough to hurt me, yet I can't be controlled. What do the agencies who control intelligence now have to ensure in order to protect the information I could otherwise expose?
ZEK L.
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United States
August 8, 2014
*I'm re-submitting this after correcting typos. The content of the reply explains why this is important. Thank you: All you have to do to get into serious trouble is figure out where you are and what's actually happening around you. An intelligent person will have intelligence as a result of being who they are. An agency that controls intelligence will control that person. You need intelligence to understand intelligence. You need intelligence to experience a certain form of emotional distress, and the people who control intelligence can create emotional distress , in order to control a person who is intelligent. A person who is successful isn't necessarily intelligent. Especially not now. I can't describe the insult that pieces me when I recall my time as a student at the California institute of the Arts. I actually love the place, and anyone who was there knows that the faculty was an afterthought...... Sharing intelligence with people who aren't intelligent is impossible. People who aren't intelligent don't attract the attention of people who control intelligence. Therefore...they are either of no help at all or a serious problem for someone engaged in a struggle for their own well being, because their intelligence makes them a target for those who must control intelligence. It's hard to control intelligence. It's hard to be intelligent without being part of intelligence. Intelligent people can see and understand things that may be hidden, and the agencies that control intelligence have to make sure that if they do.....The REST of you are 100 percent sure that this person is a paranoid schizophrenic...because a paranoid schizophrenic is somebody the square community will never care about. We don't know what CAUSES paranoid schizophrenia.....unless we're intelligent, and the agencies who control Intelligence are creating emotional distress in order to control us. It's not that I'm paranoid. It's really all a matter of intelligence. People like James Bravo don't have it, and they can't control it. The emotional distress is enough to hurt me, yet I can't be controlled. What do the agencies who control intelligence now have to do to ensure in order to protect the information I could otherwise expose?
ZEK L.
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Maryland, USA
August 9, 2014
Is there ANY federal agency an American citizen can turn to for protection from such organizations as The Church of Scientology, or other secret societies claiming to teach moral lessons while in fact conducting illegal and highly unconstitutional activity which directly affects the lives of unwitting, and unsuspecting individuals. My college roommate and I were making a short film called BIKE THIEF when he threatened to have my neck broken and everyone in my family killed for attempting to blow the whistle on The Church of Scientology for detaining someone against their will at the Celebrity Centre on Tamarind and Franklin Avenue in Holllywood California 90028...in addition to whatever I can prove about what they did to me. They ARE an international concern. This is very much your business. If you don't see how this is possible, understand that the have my family COMPLETELY SURROUNDED by people they think are their friends. If anything happens to my Mother, Christine Walton, I wish to point MY finger squarely at Laura Frisby. I find her to be disgusting. Perhaps its because she is obvious to me. I'm part of intelligence now. That's what I'm trying to tell you. I am the Blue Elf. The head of scientology does not reveal himself to the public. He is known within the organization as the killer Dwarf. The Killer Dwarf IS Toby Olson. It's not that I'm crazy. This is very difficult...but then again...what do I pay you people for anyway.
ZEK L.
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Maryland, USA
August 16, 2014
Any organization that levels the playing field for the stupidest and most irrational people in the world should receive the same type scrutiny as the Nazi Paty at this point...and I'm including facebook, but primarily I mean Scientology...nd while I'm at it.....An organization operating at thier level in an era where we're all being spied on indicates that they hae support from the Federal Government...which is all the more reason my other point here should be taken seriously. Sure..there are spelling errors and typos.....but can anyone hear me? Is this the State Dept?
Zek L.
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Maryland, USA
October 20, 2014
Why didn't you ever put two and two together? We talked about what happened to me on the day we met. I told you why I left L.A. Scientology uses covert psychological harassment to torture me. I lose all of my friends. You were my friend when you were twenty years old. I came to facebook when you were twenty two. Those few months I had to work with you are all I have to remember. It's the only joy that I was ever given Can't you see what they've done to me? Can't you tell that my mind is under constant strain? Can't you see that anyone I meet will be stolen from me instantly by someone equipped to do just that...until I have no one? I can choose one person in the world to call when it gets to be too much. I don't have anyone to love me. I don't have any of my old friends. Everyone is the same. I've been sitting here since 2008..waiting for you to talk to me. You were my only friend in the world when I came to facebook just to talk to you. I don't have anyone in the entire world who makes me feel like everything is okay. I can't do anything to change the situation. It's horrible. The world is cruel, and full of people who won't talk to me. I don't why that is..... -but I would never have said I loved you if this was a world where you and I could actually be friends. Think about why that is..and tell me why I should bother to vote. I love you. If I could pick one person in the entire world...and beg my fairy Godmother to transform me into someone who doesn't have to be alone...I'd ask to be whatever you most and admire...I'd just want to be turned into someone you care about... You still think it was up to me. I love you.Are you like Missy? Would you act like she did if I DID get to put my arms around you, and then vanish? Did you? Is that what I remember?
Zek L.
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Maryland, USA
November 7, 2014
-So I only know about James Bravo because his relationship with you is a deliberate act of psychological harassment, designed to kill me. It is not a coincidence that I love you, or that I'm so attracted to you. You must've been one in thousands. You have to be innocent, or it doesn't work. -That you're a real person I loved, who was turned into someone who would forget that I was ever their friend, and confuse me by being so cruel. There is no explanation, except for the worst possibility, and having to live with that is terrible enough, but I don't get to be Dane, and I don't have any help. "Make SURE you come down and meet Allison." I didn't even want to. I wanted nothing to do with you. Who do you have to be to make ME fall in love? -You stabbed me to death, but I'm still alive. I don't know why. You hurt me more than you'll ever hurt Dane, because I could easily compete with James Bravo if given the opportunity HE had , and how convenient WAS that? -Do I care who you sleep with? No. Do I care about your affairs? No. Am I trying to fight scientology? Do I have to describe things that are impossible to believe? Is sex with a co-worker not an obvious form of mind control? You're breaking my heart to begin with. You sleep with an obvious replacement of me, while insisting that I'm inappropriate, for acting like I've always acted, and you offer no explanation. I'm on the edge of sadness, and darkness worse than anything being done to any terror suspect. I would choose to have my arm cut off, rather than have this reality driven into my awareness by how obvious you make it, and you make it worse by being totally evil, and thinking that I DESERVE this somehow. You join him in insulting me while you have an affair. He made it obvious. So did you. I deserved more than a chance to connect with my friend, who KNEW I loved her. Allison, Why did you decide to just treat me like shit and never look back? I didn't deserve it in the first place.....and God damnit..I was good to you. I looked out for you. I cared about you.... Are you a terrible person, or did James Bravo completely take over your mind, the dame you could take over mine? That's what it looks like. I was never jealous of Dane for some reason. If you're with James Bravo, I'm your REAL boyfriend, and you don't even know me. I will continue to exist for as long as I can stand it, but thanks for nothing.

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