February 9, 2023
Cairo – This week, the U.S. Embassy in Egypt welcomed women business leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa for the first Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership alumni conference since 2019. This public-private partnership between the U.S. State Department and Fortune Magazine is implemented by Vital Voices and connects talented business leaders worldwide, including from Egypt, with leading American women executives from Fortune 500 companies for mentorship and leadership skills development.
The 18 participating Fortune-State Department Global Women’s Mentoring program alumnae included entrepreneurs, CEOs, CFOs, innovators, and business consultants from Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Jordan. Exchange alumnae include Hend Osama, project manager at Almentor, who in 2022 became the first Egyptian to win the Goldman Sachs & Fortune Women Leadership Award.
While hosting an event in honor of the partnership and its distinguished alumnae on February 7, Chargé d’Affaires Daniel Rubinstein emphasized how such programs advance “the critically important issue of women’s economic empowerment, recently highlighted by Secretary Blinken in the launch of the U.S. Global Women’s Economic Security strategy on January 4 and again in the Secretary’s recent remarks to youth leaders in Cairo.”
The February 5-9 Cairo conference focused on regional business challenges and opportunities, social entrepreneurship, sustainable development goals, education, and leadership development.
Each year more than 400 Egyptians take part in U.S. Embassy exchange programs, with programs for everyone from high school students to established business leaders.
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