Embrace IWD by Mentoring a Future Woman Leader

NEWS | March 8, 2022

Embrace IWD by Mentoring a Future Woman Leader


Happy International Women’s Day. Today, I’m celebrating because SHE-CAN is taking off! We’re doubling the number of new SHE-CAN scholars we accept this year — 20 driven young women from Cambodia, Liberia, and Guatemala are on a path to leadership. Because each scholar is supported by a team of five mentors, we need 100 new mentors total!

Have you considered stepping up your support of global women’s leadership by mentoring a SHE-CAN scholar? Mentors play a direct role in helping talented young women reach their full potential and become leaders.

Over five years, mentor teams help their scholar win a college scholarship, love and guide her throughout her four years in the U.S., and provide her with valuable career connections. Mentors build lifelong bonds with their scholar and enrich their lives by including a global citizen in their family.  

To learn more about mentoring, send me an email or simply sign up for an information session on our website. Continue reading to meet a mentor team up close and learn about the deep bond they have with their scholar.

Meet Team Pisey

Pisey with mentors Dallas, Cheyenne, Christine, and Chaw
at Dallas & Cheyenne’s wedding

Team Pisey is a close-knit bunch – 5 of the 6 members served together in the Peace Corps in Cambodia, and the team includes both a married couple and an aunt/niece pair. Each one plays an important role in supporting Pisey and helping her achieve her goals.

Their Cambodian scholar, Pisey Kim, is a freshman in Syracuse University’s prestigious School of Architecture. When she returns home, she wants to work to make public land use sustainable and hire female engineers to carry these plans out. Pisey says, “All my mentors are amazing, warm, sweet and helpful. Their stories and their positive mindsets always inspire me to go further. We create a strong team so I am ready to weather any challenges to achieve my goals.” 

Recently married couple Cheyenne Polk and Dallas Smith welcomed Pisey to the U.S. and hosted her before she went off to Syracuse. Pisey got to show off her art knowledge when they visited a Pablo Picasso exhibit. Dallas says, “Having the opportunity to accompany Pisey on her educational journey allows us to connect with an inspirational individual. Pisey has taught us so much about pursuing our passions.”

Carissa Hernandes also hosted Pisey prior to her moving into her dorm, and the two of them had a great time exploring Alexandria, VA. Carissa says, “It’s been so rewarding to mentor Pisey through SHE-CAN; I am directly working with a future leader who will do great things throughout her time in the United States and when she returns home.”

Christine Thinn (left photo) and her aunt, Chaw Darli, (right photo) are both part of Team Pisey. Christine and Chaw bonded with Pisey over their respective loves of K-pop and noodles. Christine says “I love mentoring because we have a chance to share our hard-earned know-hows, failures, and triumphs with our mentee. Through this experience, I hope that Pisey can feel comforted and confident knowing that she can lean on us as resources.”

Giuliana DiGioacchino‘s favorite time with Pisey so-far was helping with her college move-in. Giuliana says, “I have loved every moment of cheering on Pisey and all the women of SHE-CAN as they accomplish their goals and overcome new challenges.” 

Mentoring is a rewarding, hands-on way to foster the next generation of women leaders and embrace International Women’s Day. I would love to chat with you more about this opportunity. If you’re interested, reply to this email to set up a call or click on the button below to sign up for an information session.

Onward & upward,

Barbara Bylenga
Founder & Executive Director

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