IWF programs

EY Women Athletes Business Networking Program

Harnessing the untapped leadership potential of elite athletes.


In partnership with EY, the Women Athletes Business Network Mentoring Program is designed to harness the untapped leadership potential of elite women athletes who have transitioned or are in the process of transitioning from a career in sport. Selected mentees are matched with prominent women leaders from the membership of the International Women’s Forum (IWF). 

25 Mentees were competitively selected for the 2017 class and assigned a mentor who is an accomplished and recognized leader in her field. Mentors and mentees agree to connect at least eight times across the course of the program year. These elite athletes were selected based on a proven track record of athletic and academic achievement and their desire to be impactful leaders.

The International Women’s Forum and its membership of 6,500+ of the world’s most preeminent women leaders across 35 nations and six continents serves as an unmatched resource of mentors. IWF’s mission is to build better global leadership across careers, cultures and continents by uniting women of significant and diverse achievement through training, mentoring and networking opportunities. The IWF member leaders who are volunteering as mentors are well positioned to provide valuable insights and lessons to the athletes as they advance in their leadership journeys.

  • The first woman to head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, was a member of the French national synchronised swimming team.
  • Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played several sports, including basketball, soccer and softball.
  • Former US National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was a competitive figure skater and tennis player.
  • PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi played cricket in India and later baseball in the US.
  • Mondolēz International CEO Irene Rosenfeld was a four-sport athlete in high school and played basketball at Cornell University.
  • Former DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman played college basketball at Tufts University.
  • The Co-Founder of Marvell Technology Group, Weili Dai, played semi-professional basketball in China.

Jane Moran, IWF Australia member, London Olympian and EY WABN Mentee brings her unique perspective to discussion on leadership and the role of women in sport.