Kgomotso Tlhabanelo, one of the graduates of the Goldman Sachs-Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) 10 000 Women programme, has been selected for the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership programme.
Kgomotso will visit the United States on a fully-sponsored trip from 21 March to 17 April 2014, along with 22 other emerging women leaders nominated by U.S. embassies globally. She will be mentored by Dina Habib Powell, Global Head of the Office of Corporate Engagement at Goldman Sachs and Global Head of Goldman Sachs Bank Urban Investment Group.
The Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentorship Partnership programme, which is now in its ninth year, is a unique partnership between Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Leaders and the U.S. State Department. The programme connects talented, emerging businesswomen from all over the world for a month-long mentorship programme with top American female executives. It aims to provide participants with unique opportunities to develop their management and business skills while gaining experience in the United States business and non-profit sectors.
The programme commences with an orientation in Washington, D.C., where mentees will meet with senior women leaders in government, business, academia, civil society and the media. Participants will then be paired with one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Leaders from companies like Google, Wal-Mart, Xerox, Goldman Sachs and other companies in cities across the United States. At the end of the mentorship programme, these emerging leaders will reconvene in New York City to collectively reflect on their experience and discuss future leadership opportunities.
Yogavelli Nambiar, director of the Enterprise Development Academy at GIBS said, “It is indeed an honour for one of our graduates to be selected and I am certain she will serve as a great ambassador.”
The Goldman Sachs-GIBS 10 000 Women programme provides business and management education and support to women entrepreneurs who would not otherwise have the opportunity due to lack of funds and other factors. The programme has seen over 300 women successfully graduate over 24 months.
“Kgomotso, who is from the second cohort of the programme, was nominated as she showed so much initiative and determination; her business plans not only focused on growing her business’s bottom line, but she sought to create employment opportunities for other women,” said Nambiar.
Kgomotso who runs two businesses, Ntombenhle Décor, an interior design and furniture store, as well as a DIY Depot, said “I am so excited to have been selected out of all those powerful and talented women around the world.
My experience on the 10,000 Women programme has been invaluable and has made a significant impact on my business; just six months post-graduation I have managed to triple my turnover. Now to be part of this journey is incredible. I will use this opportunity to learn as much as I can and implement what I learn into my businesses.”