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GAP Puerto Rico March 2019 Call for Mentee Applications


The Global Ambassadors Program (GAP) is designed for women entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs and leaders of non-profit organizations that are focused on community development and employment opportunities – providing mentorship, training and a network of support to help grow your business/organization and your personal development.  The program includes one-on-one mentoring sessions and strategic workshops focused on building organizational management, financial acumen and leadership skills.

The program is a partnership between Vital Voices, a leading NGO in women’s leadership and development and Bank of America, based on a shared belief in the need to invest in women who are creating economic and social progress around the world.


  • Applications will be accepted through Sunday, January 20th. 

What you will receive:

  • One week in-person training program in Puerto Rico, including:
    • Strategic Planning for Business Growth
    • Human Resource Management
    • Communications workshops including Branding, Social & Digital Media and Public Speaking
    • Financial Management and Access to Capital
  • A 1:1 mentoring relationship with an established woman executive.  Previous mentors include: Susan Chambers, Executive Vice President, Global People Division Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Deborah Dugan, Chief Executive Officer, RED and Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures.
  • Inclusion in the Vital Voices network of more than 15,000 women from 181 countries and territories around the world.
  • Opportunity for cross-cultural exchange with women from around the globe.
  • Opportunities for your business/organization to be profiled via digital channels, social media and in earned media coverage.
  • On-going support and mentorship, specific to your needs,  through the Global Ambassadors Program for 1+ year

Applicant Criteria:

  • A woman leader operating a business or organization which is legally registered in Puerto Rico, is the key decision maker in the business / organization and manages it on a day-to-day basis 
  • The applicant must have 10 years of experience in a professional setting
  • Proficient in English
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the core principles of the “Vital Voices’ Leadership Model” -   Innovative, collaborative, and driven by a clear sense of mission; engaged in their communities and are committed to advancing the status of women and girls. 
  • Demonstrate high-potential for leadership and a desire to take on leadership roles both within and outside of their business / organization
Please note, very important - if you are involved in more than one business / organization, the above criteria must apply to the business / organization that you would like to focus on during this mentorship opportunity

Entry Criteria:

  • For profit or social entrepreneur (for this program, a social enterprise is a for-profit business with a social mission), or a non-profit organization that is engaged in building the economy and community in Puerto Rico.
  • Should have a minimum annual revenue of at least US$ 50,000 and a maximum annual revenue of US$ 10 million


  • 10-12 applicants will be chosen to participate and notified by late January 2019
  • Applications will be assessed to determine participants based on a variety of factors, including the following considerations:
    • Ability to commit to the entire week of in-person program,  training, mentorship  and pre-event webinars – no exceptions
    • Submitted Business Plan and identified needs for development
    • Alignment with the Vital Voices Leadership model
    • Willingness to accept feedback and coaching from mentors
    • Ability to implement change within her business/organization
    • Anticipated impact on business or organization based on application
    • Willingness to help shape the community dialogue about women’s advancement in their region, and wield the influence necessary to do so.

Applicants are required to:

  • Complete and submit this online Application Questionnaire
  • Submit a two-minute video  (described in the last section of this application)

All travel, meals and accommodation costs for mentees participating in this program are covered in full by the Global Ambassadors Program

This online application process may take up to 1 hour to complete. Applications should be submitted by Sunday, January 20th, 2019. Any incomplete applications, or any applications received after Sunday, January 20th 2019, may not be considered. Applications submitted without the 2 minute video will not be considered.

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Program Participation Commitment:

Please indicate below your willingness to commit to program requirements.

VERY IMPORTANT *** PLEASE NOTE : if you have more than one business / organization, please complete the information below regarding the business/organization THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO FOCUS ON during this mentorship opportunity if you are selected to participate in the program. 

1. Successful applicants (mentees) who are accepted to participate in this program will be expected to make a full commitment to the following: *This question is required.
A. Complete a baseline survey which goes into more detail about your professional experience, organizational goals, your work-related skills, mentorship experience and community engagement. This survey will be completed and submitted to Vital Voices before January 25th, 2019. *This question is required.
B. Participate in approximately 5 to 6 Program Orientation / Preparation online webinars between the months of February and March 2019 (a webinar is an online event that will be hosted by Vital Voices and broadcast to the select group of participating mentees through their computers via the Internet) *This question is required.
C. Submit this organization’s completed business plan  to Vital Voices before Monday February 25th, 2019.  *This question is required.
D. Submit all required documentation that may be requested, in English, e.g. business plan, financial reports etc.
Documentation will treated with the utmost confidentiality and will include :
  • Completed business plan, to be submitted by Monday February 25th, 2019
  • Supporting financial documents, such as Profit & Loss sheets, 2 year Cash Flow projections (allows for your mentor to better understand your organization)
  • Your organization / company logo (may be used in the training session on Branding & Marketing)
*This question is required.
E. Participate in the Global Ambassadors Program’s full week of events and activities taking place in Puerto Rico, starting at 8am on Monday, March 18th, 2019 and ending in the evening of Friday, March 22nd, 2019 (participants will be expected to arrive on Sunday, March 17th, 2019 and depart on the morning of Saturday, March 23rd, 2019) *This question is required.
F. Work with Vital Voices to track the growth of this organization through methods such as Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) surveys, phone and/or Skype calls etc for two full years after participating in the program in Puerto Rico (the M&E surveys will be required at 6 months, 12 months and 24 months)
Your individual and business information will remain confidential. *This question is required.
G. Remain in contact with Vital Voices after participation in the program in order to share success stories etc *This question is required.
2. Are you the key decision-maker in this business / organization ? i.e. the Managing Director / Executive Director / Chief Executive Officer / Proprietor / Founder etc. (this means that the next level that you might be reporting to would be outside of the daily management of this organization, for example, a Board of Directors) *This question is required.
3. Is the revenue of this business / organization above US$ 50,000 and below US$10 million per year ? *This question is required.
4. Is this business / organization / social enterprise legally registered in Puerto Rico ?  *This question is required.
5. Do you currently have at least 10 years of experience in a professional setting ? *This question is required.
6. If I am selected to participate as a mentee in this Global Ambassadors Program, I give my consent to Vital Voices to conduct a routine background check and I understand that it may contain information about my employment and educational background, character and personal reputation.   *This question is required.