The U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, in partnership with the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD), launched the third edition of the Corporate Mentoring Program, one of the components of Connect to Success (which aims to strengthen women-owned businesses (WOBs) and promote gender equality in the corporate world). In total, this Connect to Success program has already helped almost 100 WOBs grow.
As always, the Corporate Mentoring Program matches experienced professionals from the corporate world with WOBs to support their growth and give them tools to succeed. This edition brought together a record number of mentor organizations, 32, (Abreu Advogados, Brisa, Cisco, CTT, CVG Legal, Deloitte, DHL, Double Tree, EDP, EY Portugal, H3, Hill & Knowlton, IBM, Jerónimo Martins, Liberty, L’Oreal, Maintree, McDonald’s, Mercer, Microsoft, Miranda & Associados, Oracle, Pfizer, Porter Novelli, PwC, REN, Siemens, Sitel, SRS Advogados, Stanton Chase, and Travel Store), which will support 35 entrepreneurs.
Ambassador Robert Sherman emphasized how much he appreciates “all of the work and dedication the mentor companies and women business owners provide. Working together, we can grow Connect to Success, reach out to even more women-owned businesses, and make an even bigger difference for Portuguese entrepreneurship.” Embaixatriz Kim Sawyer said she was “extremely pleased that we have been able to bring this experience to the remarkable women-owned businesses of Portugal!”
FLAD President Vasco Rato, pointed out that “It is essential to ensure the continuity of a program like Connect to Success, which in just a little over 2 years has built a solid foundation and asserted its importance for women in Portugal. This is evidently shown by the growing number of corporations participating in the program, who have voluntarily dedicated their time to mentor the rapidly expanding number of registered women-owned-businesses. At FLAD we are committed to sustaining the program and provide the tools which play a key role in the growth of the Connect to Success network.”