Mentorship Program

The World Affairs Council of Atlanta Mentoring Program links Young Leaders members in Atlanta with globally minded executives who provide support, guidance, and leadership in order to facilitate personal and professional growth in international careers. The Young Leaders will match the interests of a select group of motivated members with experienced council leaders. This program will enrich the membership benefits offered to the Young Leaders, provide a forum for mentors to transfer knowledge and experience, and enhance the marketable services of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.

Mentee Requirements & Expectations

  • Commitment to professional growth and the council’s mission and objective.
  • Be available to meet once a month. Most meeting locations will be completed at Georgia State’s Buckhead Center. Meeting times can vary upon the mentee’s and mentor’s schedules.
    This program is not meant for mentees to increase their networking skills or to gain VC type funding for personal projects.
  • Mentees’ World Affairs Council annual dues must be current.
  • Mentees must attend three World Affairs Council events a year.
    Of the three World Affairs Council events that mentees must attend, one must be a Young Leaders Global Leadership Series program.
  • Mentees must volunteer their time to at least one World Affairs Council event.
  • Mentees must provide a monthly summary of mentorship activities.

Mentors

2018

W. Frank Blount

chairman and CEO
JI Ventures Inc.
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Jacobus Boers

assistant dean for International Engagement, Robinson College of Business
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Consul General Javier Diaz de Leon

Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta

Louis J. Grabowski

director
Executive Doctorate in Business Program, Robinson College of Business

Jagdish Sheth, Ph.D.

Charles H. Kellstadt professor of marketing, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
founder and chairman of India, China, America Institute
director, Wipro Ltd.
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Jacqueline Royster, D.A.

dean, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology
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Charles Shapiro

president, World Affairs Council of Atlanta
former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela
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Jim Reed

president, YKK
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Mary Vidarte

CEO, Vidarte Marketing & Vidarte Properties, LLC
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2017

W. Frank Blount

chairman and CEO
JI Ventures Inc.

Eric J. Joiner

vice chairman and co-founder
AJC International Inc.

Amanda Mattingly

senior director
The Arkin Group

Consul General Javier Diaz de Leon

Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta

Louis J. Grabowski

director
Executive Doctorate in Business Program, Robinson College of Business

Andie Bobb

executive director
Southeast Region, CARE USA

John H. Spillman

partner
corporate practice, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP