Monday, September 17, 2012

Strong women better world

espnW, State Department team for Global Sports Mentoring Program

A group shot of the 17-member class of the Global Sports Mentoring Program. ESPN is host to Grace Chirumanzu (bottom row, far left) and Nneka Ikem (top row, fifth from left). (Photo Credit: University of Tennessee’s Center for Sport, Peace and Society)
Seventeen women from around the world who are identified as emerging leaders in the sports industry gathered in Washington, D.C. recently to kick off the espnW and U.S. Department of State Global Sports Mentoring Program.
In an effort to create sustainable sports opportunities for underserved women and girls worldwide, espnW and the Department of State have paired these women, ages 25-45, with American female executives in sports-related fields from organizations including Gatorade, NCAA, Under Armour, the LPGA, the Women’s Sports Foundation and ESPN. The emerging leaders hail from 17 different countries including Zambia, Kenya, Australia and Colombia.
The mentoring program was introduced in June by ESPN President John Skipper and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, several days before the 40th anniversary of Title IX.
During the three-week program that concludes Oct. 3, the emerging leaders will have the opportunity to create an action plan targeted to the needs of their own organizations. These action plans will include everything from creating a sustainable fundraising plan to developing strategic marketing and communications efforts.
ESPN will host two of the emerging leaders — Grace Chirumanzu of Zimbabwe and Nneka Ikem of Nigeria. Chirumanzu who will be paired with Tina Thornton, Senior Coordinating Producer at ESPN, is a sports and gender reporter for The Zimbabwean, and is currently one of only four female sports reporters or journalists in the country.
Ikem, who will be paired with Rosalyn Durant, Vice President, ESPNU, is the manager of sports and outside broadcasts for Radio Nigeria, the largest radio network in the country.
Click here to meet the entire 2012 Global Sports Mentoring Program class.

Ilina Arsova, Ilija Ristovski. First promotion video of activities

Our first video, a summury of diverse climbing trips, adventures, expeditions and other action sports activities in the last 5 years.
Seat down for 3 minutes and watch it.

Thank you.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Global Sports Mentoring Program, Ilina Arsova

Global Sports Mentoring program – report # 1, by Ilina Arsova

The first Global Sports Mentoring program was initiated by Drs. Sarah Hillyer and Ashleigh Huffman, Center for Sports, Peace and Society, University of Tennessee. The great support from the US State Department, ESPNW, all Mentor's organizations and institutions involved, brought this program on such elite educational, professional and communication level.  Local U.S. Embassies have big part in the cooperation by nominating the Emerging Leaders of their countries.
17 women from across the globe are bringing their stories willing to make things better in their communities.
 The aim is to empower women and girls through sports initiative which brings positive changes in other related sectors of their lives.  
“Strong women better world ” is the slogan that describes this program the best.
 All emerging leaders were having great 5 days together in Washington DC. The inauguration started with warm welcome by the US State Department, represented by the Assistant Secretary of State Ann Stock and Ms. Beth Fine, Program Specialist, Sports United. The strong women had intensive program participating in discussions, panels and platforms on valuable topics such as: women in leadership, social media training, mentorship value, network communication etc. Powerful women from leading US Organizations as well as the U.S. Sports scene elite were in different ways sharing their experiences.
The creative teambuilding activities as an alternative way of learning and connecting, was crucial for turning this international group of perspective female leaders into one big family. In less than five days a group of 20 strangers with various ideas and goals, became one global “spider web” of a pioneer’s strong women team.

Following activities involved introduction to the US women, historical turning point – the “Title IX”, and meeting with the US system for sports in education, visit of schools, college campuses and University, speaking about partnerships and fund raising issues.  The girls met closely with the U.S. Capitol and other cultural and historical monuments and leading figures.
Next 20 days are spent with mentors from different organizations placed in different states.

Personal story:
As an emerging leader and women sport's advocate from Macedonia, I am grateful to the U.S. Embassy, Macedonia, for nominating me for the Global Sports Mentoring Program.

As a passionate athlete in all mountain sports I was connected with Burton Snowboards and Ms. Donna Carpenter as my Mentorship host.  Entering their company in Burlington, Vermont  ( yesterday 10 Sept 2012), I was amazed by the professionalism and warmness I have seen in such a healthy environment. It is a perfect match of success, passion and creativity what Burton has created throughout the years.  Success driven by the heart beats and experince turned snowboarding into a lifestyle.

I am pretty excited about the opportunity I will have, meeting professionals from all sectors of the company, giving Burton’s image as it appears to all of the fans worldwide.  Looking forward to see how this experience will help me in creating a healthier action sports community, represented by increasing number of strong women.

Check my blog regularly to find out the end of the story. J

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Ilina Arsova representing Macedonia on the Global Sports Mentoring program

Ilina Arsova is representing Macedonia on the first Global Sports Mentoring Program which will take place in Washington DC and Burlington VT,  5 Sept-5 Oct, 2012.

The selection was made after nomination of the US Embassy. 17 emerging leaders among candidates from across the globe, will travel to the US for this mentorship program.

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U.S. Department of State and espnW Announce Final Participants for Inaugural Global Sports Mentoring Program

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 16, 2012

            Today the U.S. Department of State and espnW announced the final line-up of mentor organizations and emerging leaders participating in the first-ever Global Sports Mentoring Program. The program will connect 17 emerging international women leaders with leading American women executives in sports-related fields for a three-week mentorship in the United States. The emerging leaders hail from Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Macedonia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Tajikistan, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
During this program, leading American women executives will share their expertise in sports, business and leadership with the international emerging women leaders. This year’s mentors were selected from the following entities: Burton; Colavita; ESPN; Gatorade; LPGA Foundation; NCAA; Procter & Gamble; Saatchi & Saatchi; Stanton & Company; Under Armour; University of Oregon; USA Gymnastics; U.S. Olympic Committee; Women in Cable Telecommunications; and the Women’s Sports Foundation.
            This collaboration between the U.S. State Department and espnW, which is conducted in coordination with the University of Tennessee’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society, aims to use sports as a vehicle to expand opportunities for women and girls worldwide.
            Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and ESPN President John Skipper announced this program in June. The mentoring program is a cornerstone of the Department’s broader Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, which aims to increase the number of women and girls worldwide who are involved in sports. It builds on Secretary Clinton’s vision of “smart power,” which embraces the full range of diplomatic tools—in this case mentoring and sports—to empower women and girls and foster greater understanding.

Ilina going wild on Union glacier :)