Global Mentoring Walk Organized by Biz Divas India to Give a Boost to Women’s Advancement in India

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Held on Nov 17th 2012 at Leisure Valley, Gurgaon, the Global Mentoring Walk is a novel concept introduced by Biz Divas. In this mentoring walk, women who are established role models in their fields of endeavors are paired with upcoming and aspiring younger women to walk on a particular day. As they walk, the women engage in discussion regarding professional challenges and insights to establish a mentoring relationship in which guidance, instruction, advice and support is provided. This promotes lasting mentoring relationships between emerging and established women leaders. Through these walks, a belief in the importance of women’s leadership and participation in society is demonstrated. In fostering these mentoring relationships, these walks also promote the values of mentoring in rising leaders who can give back to future generations and provide aspiring women professionals with the support and guidance they need to achieve their goals.

In partnership with Vital Voices and US Embassy, Biz Divas organized Mentoring Walk as a means for women achievers to “pay it forward” or use their knowledge and experience to benefit others. Each year, thousands of women from across the globe gather in their own communities to participate in the Vital Voices Global Women’s Mentoring Walk. These women gather to emphasize the importance of women leadership, the critical need to nurture the next generation of leaders and the duty of women to empower those who will follow them.

Sarika Bhattacharyya, CEO of Biz Divas Foundation and alumnae of Vital Voices Network volunteered her organization Biz Divas Foundation to be the flagbearer for this walk.

The concept for this Global Mentoring Walk derived from American media icon, founder and former CEO of Oxygen Media, Geraldine Laybourne, who launched mentoring walks to empower young women professionals in New York City and across the United States. Attributing much of her own success in the American entertainment industry to mentoring, Ms. Laybourne stated: “Why is it that so many of us did well? It is because we had a mentoring outlook. We helped each other along.”

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