Mentorship Program

The World Affairs Council of Atlanta Mentoring Program links Young Leaders members in Atlanta with globally minded executives who provide consistent 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 Dialogue Series program.
  • Mentees must volunteer their time to at least one World Affairs Council event.
  • Mentees must provide a monthly summary of mentorship activities.




W. Frank Blount

chairman and CEO
JI Ventures Inc.
Walter Czarnecki
president and CEO


Jeffrey T. Bowman

president and CEO
Arcarius Consultancy

Joshua Rice
marketing program manager
AJC & COX Media Group


Eric J. Joiner

vice chairman and co-founder
AJC International Inc.

Gary Gramajo
new ventures analyst
Chick-fil-A Inc.


Jennifer Ragland

international government relations and public affairs director
The Coca-Cola Company

Bee Nguyen
founder and executive director
Athena’s Warehouse Inc.


Jacqueline Royster

Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Tech Institute of Technology

Kathryn Aquino
delivery coordinator
Porsche Cars North America


Jagdish Sheth

Kellstadt Professor of Marketing
Goizueta Business School, Emory University

Marian Dickson
senior associate director of development, major gifts
The Carter Center