Paterson embarks on US mentoring opportunity

By Netball New Zealand September 18, 2015

Netball Northern CEO Julie Paterson is currently in the USA participating in one of world sport’s most sought-after female business leader’s professional development opportunities – U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program.

Paterson will be mentored by Deborah Slaner Larkin, CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation, providing her with valuable skills, experience, and access to networks that can lead to future opportunities back in New Zealand.

Larkin will also help to construct a strategic action plan with Paterson, in an effort to create additional sports opportunities for under-served women and girls in New Zealand.

Now in its fourth year, this programme supports the United States global commitment toward advancing the rights and participation of women and girls around the world, using sports as a vehicle towards greater opportunity and inclusion.

“The Women’s Sports Foundation is excited and proud to participate in this year’s Global Sports Mentoring Program and to provide mentorship and support to New Zealand’s Julie Paterson,” said Larkin.

“The Foundation is dedicated to promoting leadership, and it has been a very rewarding experience to meet so many aspiring and inspiring women from countries around the world.”

The mentoring program is a central component of the US Department of State’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. Through sports, women and girls learn about peaceful competition, hard work, leadership, and teamwork – all attributes that equip them to help create stronger, more productive, and stable communities.

About The Women’s Sports Foundation

The Women’s Sports Foundation — the leading authority on the participation of women and girls in sports — is dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring girls access to sports. Founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, our work shapes public attitude about women’s sports and athletes, builds capacities for organizations that get girls active, ensures equal opportunities for girls and women, and supports physically and emotionally healthy lifestyles. The Women’s Sports Foundation has relationships with more than 1,000 of the world’s elite female athletes and is recognized globally for its leadership, vision, expertise and influence.

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