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Announcing the 2018 WABN Mentee Cohort

The EY Women Athletes Business Network Mentoring Program Unveils Fourth Cohort of Elite Female Athletes.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - [January 16, 2018] - Today, the IWF Leadership Foundation, in partnership with EY, announced the fourth cohort of Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) mentees.

Launched in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2013, EY's Women Athletes Business Network has been building a bridge between women in the business world and female athletes from across the globe, guiding them through their transition and creating new opportunities for highly successful and ambitious women athletes.

Participants in the WABN Mentoring Program to date represent 34 sports and 21 countries. 

“The WABN Mentoring Program is an important part of the Leadership Foundation’s work.” said Holly Cannon, Board President of the IWF Leadership Foundation. “Female athletes bring unique perspectives and skillsets to the table, and this cohort is no exception. We are excited to begin working with them to provide training and mentoring that will propel their professional careers.”

Each year, 25 elite women athletes are selected for the program by an international panel of EY and IWF advisors. Members of the current mentee class include:

  • Tess Gerrand, National Business Executive, Coca-Cola Amatil - Rowing, Australia
  • Sarah Hanffou, Legal Advisor, Bouches du Rhone Department - Table Tennis, France
  • Farrah-Hani Imran, Head of Plastic Surgery, Burns & Wound Care, National University of Malaysia - Rhythmic Gymnastics, Malaysia
  • Phaidra Knight, Analyst, NBC Sports - Rugby, United States
  • Erica Taugher, Commodity Markets & Finance, Macquarie Bank Limited - Soccer, Canada/Portugal

Click here to view the entire class of 2018 WABN Mentees.

The Leadership Foundation will continue to deliver a critical component of programming for WABN – mentorship. IWF members with a diversity of backgrounds and professional experience from around the globe will serve as mentors to these rising leaders. Suppor, wise counsel, and advice can often make the difference in the athlete's understanding the importance of skills learned in sport to success in other areas.

“Our goal is to create a lasting and career-changing experience for the WABN mentees,” added Cannon. “We look forward to announcing their IWF mentors in the weeks ahead.”

About the International Women's Forum & Leadership Foundation:

IWF is an invitation-only, membership organization comprised of more than 6,800 diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations on six continents. IWF is dedicated to building better leadership locally and globally. IWF’s charitable arm, the Leadership Foundation, supports high-potential women through leadership development programs – the Fellows Program and the EY Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) Mentoring Program.

For more information on IWF and LF visit and follow @IWFGlobal on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

Follow the EY Women Athletes Business Network @EYWomenAthletes on Twitter and Facebook.




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Announcing the 2018 WABN Mentee Cohort
Announcing the 2018 WABN Mentee Cohort
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