The Aspire Foundation is Well on Its Way to Improving the Lives of One Million Women and Girls by 2015

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The Aspire Foundation’s campaign to improve the lives of one million women and girls by 2015 is off to a great start—with 71 mentors and 71 mentees working together, having a knock-on effect to the lives of more than 85,000 women and girls so far.

Since its inception five months ago, The Aspire Foundation has grown by leaps and bounds, due to the overwhelming response its had from business women all over the world who are getting involved as pro bono mentors. The program works by senior business leaders from the for-profit sector donating their unique business skills and leadership experience to mentor managers in not-for-profit organizations that work to make a positive difference for women and girls all over the world. It’s a kind of pay-it-forward scheme for doing good—helping those who are making a difference for women so that they can make a bigger difference.

“I think people want to be part of something big and impactful and I believe that through the Aspire Foundation we can create a massive ripple of positive change throughout the world,” says Dr. Samantha Collins, Founder of The Aspire Foundation.

Here is what some of our participants have said of their experience with The Aspire Foundation so far:

Mentors:
“Thank you so much for the great opportunity to get involved and mentor!”
—Sarah Bennett, Compliance Officer, Morgan Stanley

“We both felt that you did a brilliant job of matching us up, with both of us feeling that we were going to be able to work together effectively to identify and achieve her goals."
—Debra Corey, Senior Director Compensation and Benefits, EMEA, Quinitiles

“She welcomed the opportunity to talk to someone neutral and independent about her day to day work.”
—Lynne Turner, Director Financial Control, Centrica PLC

Mentees:

“I had my first call yesterday and it was great. Really, really helpful.”
—Jaz Cummins, Web and New Media Manager, Amnesty International

“I found the experience immensely beneficial and really enjoyed it. I have already gained lots of useful insights.”
—Catherine Shield, HR Manager, Saint John of God Hospitaller Services

“How fabulous it is that these women want to share their knowledge and experience with us.”
—Angie Conroy, Policy Officer, Rape Crisis (England and Wales)

What does the future hold?

The Aspire Foundation is extending its offerings to include pro bono life and business coaching for women who demonstrate a genuine desire to make changes to achieve their big goal or dream but who severely lack the financial resources for coaching to bring that dream to fruition. The Aspire Foundation pairs these women with professional coaches who provide their services pro bono to make a difference for women around the world.

By January 2011, The Aspire Foundation will run as a self-sufficient system wherein mentors and mentees will connect to offer and take up opportunities via a dedicated website. Until then, anyone interested in applying to be a mentor or mentee or coach or coachee, can do so through The Aspire Foundation website at http://www.theaspirefoundation.org

About Dr. Samantha Collins and Aspire

Dr. Samantha Collins is the founder and CEO of Aspire, an award-winning coaching and leadership development company for women around the world. Samantha inspires and empowers women at conferences and events to create their visions, live their passions and make a difference to themselves, their careers, their communities and the world at large.

Samantha was named One of the Top Ten Coaches by the Independent on Sunday and the Association for Coaching. She was also named one of the Top 200 Women to Impact Business & Industry by HM The Queen of England and was the recent winner of ‘Leader in the Workplace’ from Ogunte’s Women's Social Leadership Awards 2010. She has contributed to The Financial Times, CNN, The Times and the BBC Global Business Report. Her PhD thesis examined the future world of work for women and she is the author of a soon-to-be published book, Go MAD – Women Leaders Making a Difference.

Samantha is passionate about making a difference for women both in and outside of the boardroom which is why she started The Aspire Foundation.

For more information on Aspire, visit: http://www.aspirecompanies.com or call, from the UK: 44(0) 207 556 1018; from the US: (001) 212 504 8255.

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