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GAP NYC - Call for Mentee Applications


The Global Ambassadors Program (GAP) is designed for women entrepreneurs – providing mentorship, training and a network of support to help grow your business 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 Friday, January 12th, 2018

What you will receive

  • One week in-person training program in New York City including:
    • Strategic Planning for Business Growth
    • Human Resource Management
    • Communications workshops including Branding & Marketing, Social 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.
  • Participation in a half-day Global Forum, a thought leadership event and networking opportunity to engage with invited guests including business and community leaders.
  • 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 entrepreneur who owns a majority stake in a qualifying business, is the key decision maker in the business and manages it on a day-to-day basis
  • A minimum of 10-20 years of experience in a professional setting.
  • The applicant must have worked in her existing organization / enterprise for at least 5-7 years
  • 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 their companies

Business Criteria

  • For profit or social entrepreneur  (for this program, a social enterprise is a for-profit business with a social mission)
  • Should have a minimum annual revenue of at least US$ 250,000 and a maximum annual revenue of US$ 10 million
  • The United States and all other countries (please note that for the US-based mentees, preference will be given to applicants from the New York metropolitan area)

Not Eligible for this Program

  • Non-Profit or Non-Governmental organizations (NGO’s)
  • Start Up or early stage businesses


  • 10-12 applicants will be chosen to participate and notified in early February, 2018.
  • 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
    • Geographic dispersion of selected participants
    • 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.

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

Applicants are required to:

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

This online application process may take up to 1 hour to complete. Applications should be submitted by Friday 12th January 2018. Any incomplete applications, or any applications received after Friday 12th January 2018 will not be considered. Applications submitted without the 2 minute video will not be considered.

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Thank you.

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Program Participation Commitment:

Please indicate below your willingness to commit to program requirements.
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 9th February 2018. *This question is required.
B. Participate in approximately 5 to 6 Program Orientation / Preparation online webinars between the months of January and March 2018 (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 their organization’s completed business plan or strategic plan to Vital Voices before 2nd March 2018 *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 2nd March 2018
  • 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 New York City, NY, in the United States starting at 8am on Monday 19th March 2018 and ending in the late afternoon of Friday 23rd March 2018 (participants will be expected to arrive in New York City on Sunday 18th March and depart either in the evening of Fri 23rd March or the morning of Saturday 24th March) *This question is required.
F. Work with Vital Voices to track the growth of your 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 New York city (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 your 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 the organization, for example, a Board of Directors) *This question is required.
3. Is the revenue of your business / organization above US$ 250,000 and below US$10 million per year ? *This question is required.
4. Is your business / organization / social enterprise legally registered as a for-profit entity ?  *This question is required.
5. Do you currently have at least 10 years of experience in a professional setting ? *This question is required.
6. Have you already worked in your existing business / organization for at least 5 years ? *This question is required.
7. 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.