World Affairs Council of Atlanta
Tower Place 200, Suite 300
3348 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

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. In addition to accessing a dedicated mentor, selected mentees will have access to the broader mentorship network, including current and previous cohort members. 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.

Please note: the mentorship program is open only to members. To find out how to become a member, visit our membership page

Applications for the 2020-2021 cohort will be accepted in the Spring of 2020. Accepted mentees will be paired with one of the Council’s eleven mentors.

Please continue to check back here for the application or subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when applications open. 

Questions? Contact LaDarrien Gillette, Interim Program Manager, at lgillette@gsu.edu

Mentee Requirements & Expectations
  • Commitment to professional growth and the Council’s mission and objectives.

  • Be available to meet once a month. Most meeting locations can be completed in the World Affairs Council office suite of Georgia State’s Buckhead Center. Meeting times can vary upon the mentee’s and mentor’s schedules.

  • Mentees must have at least one year of post-graduate work experience.

  • Mentees’ World Affairs Council annual dues must be current.

  • Mentees must attend three World Affairs Council events a year.
     

This program is not meant for mentees to increase their networking skills or to gain VC type funding for personal projects.

2019-2020 Mentors
W. FRANK BLOUNT
SCOTT HOLCOMB
LOUIS J. GRABOWSKI
JIM REED
JAGDISH SHETH, PHD.
JACOBUS BOERS
JAVIER DÍAZ DE LÉON
SUSAN GRANT
CHARLES SHAPIRO
MARY VIDARTE
2018-2019 Mentors
 

W. Frank Blount

Chairman and CEO
JI Ventures Inc.

 

Consul General Javier Diaz de Leon

Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta

 

Eric J. Joiner

Vice Chairman and Co-founder
AJC International Inc.

 

Jacqueline Royster, D.A.

Dean 

Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology

Jagdish Sheth, Ph.D

Charles H. Kellstadt professor of marketing, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
Founder and Chairman of India, China, America Institute

Jacobus Boers

Assistant dean for International Engagement 
Robinson College of Business

 

Louis J. Grabowski

Director
Executive Doctorate in Business Program,
Robinson College of Business

 

Jim Reed

President
YKK Corporation of America

Charles Shapiro

President
World Affairs Council of Atlanta
Former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela

 

Mary Vidarte

CEO
Vidarte Marketing & Vidarte Properties LLC

2017-2018 Mentors
 
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