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Secretary Honors Fortune’s Most Powerful Women

4 May 2012
Secretary Clinton addresses the reception

Secretary Clinton addresses the reception

At an April 30 reception in honor of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the seventh annual Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women's Mentoring Partnership, which connects rising businesswomen from emerging economies with U.S. corporate leaders.  Over the next month, the 25 mentees from 17 different countries, including Daria Mejnartowicz, Head of Business Development Department of Carolina Medical Center in Warsaw, will participate in the program. Mejnartowicz is an alumnus of Vital Voices Poland’s mentorship program, which is co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw.

At the reception, Secretary Clinton said, “I’m excited because we have both mentors and mentees who are really stepping up to lead in the midst of historic political, social, and economic change. We have many relationships that are being created between you to spread information and inspiration at the same time. I really believe in this kind of mentoring and networking, because all too often it’s lonely out there, it’s hard out there, and you need support and guidance along the way. And for me, that’s not only important on a personal level, but I’ve seen the difference that women leaders, women activists, women citizens can make from one end of the world to the other.”