The first annual Women Mentoring Women Walk.

The first annual Women Mentoring Women (WMW) Walk was held on Saturday the 29th of November at the Nairobi Safari Walk in Lang’ata. The walk brought together over 300 women for the purpose of mentorship. Over 100 women served as mentors for the walk while over 200 women registered as mentees. Women, young and older, streamed in from as early as 7am. The walk was flagged off by Dr. Auma Obama of Care International together with Ms. Lucia Kiwala, the Chief of the Gender Mainstreaming Unit of UN-HABITAT.

The mentorship walk was convened by an alumnus of the Vital Voices/US State Department-Fortune 500 International Women Leaders Mentorship Programme.
“Women Mentoring Women program envisions a community of empowered women living lives worthy of emulation,” said Ms. Nyokabi Njuguna, an alumnus of the Vital Voices/ Fortune 500 Programme and flag bearer of the WMW Kenya walk. The walk was an opportunity for experienced and accomplished women to “pay it forward” and take up their role in moulding the next generation of leaders.

The women enjoyed a 90 minute leisurely stroll through the park as the mentors shared wisdom and experience with the mentees in the areas of leadership, character and social development.
The walk, which will be an annual event, was organized by Marketing Strategies & Solutions in partnership with Story Moja Africa.  Coca Cola East and Central Africa was the main sponsor for the event. Other sponsors were, Family Bank, Nestle, Adelphi, Discovery Health, Henkel and with the support of the Kenya Wildlife Service.

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About Ms. Nyokabi Njuguna
Nyokabi is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Marketing Strategies & Solutions (MSS). In 2007, Nyokabi’s extraordinary entrepreneurship and business acumen saw her selected by the US State Department to represent Kenya in a U.S. government-sponsored program dubbed the Fortune 500/State Department International Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership. The program placed 32 selected emerging businesswomen from the around the globe in a mentorship program with Fortune's most acclaimed women leaders in the business world. Ms Nyokabi had the privilege of training under the mentorship of one of America’s most powerful women, Ms. Kathleen Vaughan who is an Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo where she leads one of the many financial services companies for the Fortune 100 bank.

About the Vital Voices/ FORTUNE/ State Department International Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership
This is a partnership between Vital Voices- Fortunes’ powerful women’s summit and the US State Department. It is an annual program that serves to promote international women’s leadership in business.
Vital Voices Global Partnership is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them to create a better world. Vital Voices honorary chairs include Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison; board of directors Melanne Verveer [Chair of the Board Former Assistant to the President of the United States and Chief of Staff to the First Lady]; Dina Powell [Director of Global Corporate Engagement, Goldman Sachs]; Mary Yerrick and with Ms Alyse Bloom as President.
Fortune 500 mentoring partners include Wells Fargo; UCLA’s Anderson School of Management; Time Inc; Morgan Stanley; Walmart; Raytheon Missile Systems, Raytheon; Goldman Sachs, GE, ExxonMobil, Motorola among others.



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