Vital Voices Celebrates the Graduation of the 2023 VV GROW Fellowship

Vital Voices Global Partnership
4 min readNov 1, 2023

On October 25th, Vital Voices Global Partnership celebrated the graduation of 91 women from 40 countries who successfully completed the 10-month VV GROW Fellowship, a global business accelerator program centered around women who lead for-profit, purpose-driven businesses.

During the program, the fellows were engaged in virtual training sessions, connected with a team of global trainers, attended a 2-day Virtual Leadership Conference, and established a support network. The program focused on developing skills in strategic planning, financial management, human resources, sales and marketing, communications, networking, and leadership. The aim was to enable fellows to create a strategic plan for growing their businesses and enhancing their social impact.

Reflecting on their fellowship experience, the 2023 VV GROW Fellows have shared that the program has bolstered their leadership, broadened their perspectives, strengthened their decision-making abilities, and reinforced their commitment to creating a tangible impact on their communities. We look forward to continuing to champion the work of these influential women entrepreneurs as they continue to drive inclusive economic growth and social transformation forward.

The 2023 VV GROW Fellowship is made possible with the generous support of FedEx, Visa, Target, and Andalou Naturals. Read more about them below.

About Vital Voices Global Partnership
Driven by the universal truth that women are the key to progress in their communities and that nations can’t move forward without women in leadership positions, Vital Voices Global Partnership has directly invested in more than 20,000 change-makers across 184 countries and territories over the last 25 years. It has provided early support for leaders who went on to become Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, U.S. Youth Poet Laureates, Prime Ministers, award-winning innovators, pioneering human rights defenders, and breakthrough social entrepreneurs, including Amanda Gorman, Malala Yousafzai, and more. Serving as a “venture catalyst,” the non-profit identifies leaders with a daring vision for change and partners with them to make that vision a reality. It provides connections, increased capacity, a peer network, financial support, skills training, and increased visibility for their work, which ranges from gender-based violence to the climate crisis, economic inequities. Follow Vital Voices on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

About FedEx
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenue of nearly $90 billion, the company offers integrated business solutions through operating companies competing collectively, operating collaboratively and innovating digitally as one FedEx. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 500,000 employees to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. FedEx is committed to connecting people and possibilities around the world responsibly and resourcefully, with a goal to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2040. To learn more, please visit fedex.com/about.

About Visa
Visa (NYSE: V) is a world leader in digital payments, facilitating transactions between consumers, merchants, financial institutions and government entities across more than 200 countries and territories. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, convenient, reliable and secure payments network, enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. We believe that economies that include everyone everywhere, uplift everyone everywhere and see access as foundational to the future of money movement. Learn more at Visa.com.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at nearly 2,000 stores and at Target.com, with the purpose of helping all families discover the joy of everyday life. Since 1946, Target has given 5% of its profit to communities, which today equals millions of dollars a week. Additional company information can be found by visiting the corporate website and press center and by following @TargetNews.

About Andalou Naturals
As pioneers in the natural beauty industry, Andalou Naturals leverages the power of Nature’s Intelligence® through revolutionary Fruit Stem Cell Science®. It enhances skin’s natural radiance, harnessing the power of plants to fortify and nourish the skin’s essential building blocks while supercharging natural defense systems to create a luminous, energized appearance from head to toe. Andalou Naturals’ commitment to beauty through pure ingredients, innovative formulas, eco-friendly practices, and cruelty-free standards guides the brand’s formulation while its dedication to the empowerment of women lays a beautiful foundation for generations to come.

Invest in Women. Improve the World.
At Vital Voices, we believe that when women are empowered, societies thrive. Our honoree programs have been at the forefront of driving change and igniting progress for women in the economic, political, and social sectors for more than a generation. Through these initiatives, we provide transformative opportunities, mentorship, and training to empower women leaders, enabling them to unleash their full potential and create lasting impact in their communities.

Your support is crucial to continuing to achieve our shared vision of a world where women’s voices are heard, valued, and empowered.

Please visit our secure online donation portal to make a contribution of any amount you are inspired to give today.

Written by the Communications Team at Vital Voices

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