Business Council for Peace (Bpeace) Announces Shortlist of Outstanding Mentors for Women

Representing a Diverse Group of Men and Women from Advertising, Banking, Communications, Education, Media, Nonprofit, Sports, Technology and US Armed Forces

NEW YORK--()--The global Women Forward competition conducted by the Business Council for Peace (#Bpeace) has identified 32 finalists for their work mentoring and advancing women in business and global communities.

The Bpeace Women Forward Awards recognize the inspiring individuals who are seeding the future by mentoring girls and women business leaders.

The 32 Mentors of Distinction and Lifetime Impact finalists have advanced to the final stage of judging for the Bpeace 2020 Women Forward Awards. Gold, silver and bronze winners will be announced in April 2020.

The finalists* are:

Catherine Banat


RBC Global Asset Management

Sanchali Bhattacharjee


Intel Corporation

Eileen Brewer


Global Consultant, Speaker and Trainer

Cathy Brown


Paloma Ready Mix and Materials

Rosie Manmeet Chawla


GreatChina International Education (China & Nepal)

Molly Chowdhury



Frances Devereux-Schaeffer


Retired, Ogilvy & Mather

Candice Frost


US Army

Cindy Gallop


Diversity Consultant and Speaker

Amanda Grant


Calibre One (United Kingdom)

Salena Guipzot


The Boardroom Project

Maricella Herrera Avila


Ellevate Network

Samantha Keay


Piper Maddox

Hilary Krane


Nike, Inc

Heidi Kuhn


Roots of Peace (Afghanistan & Vietnam)

David Lebutsch



Jamie Levitt


Morrison & Foerster

Nina Link


Merryck & Co.

Sara Link



Rachel Lloyd


Girls Educational and Mentoring Services

Doug Mitchell


Next Generation Radio

Sophie Ngassa


CYEED (Cameroon)

Florence Njai-Sesay


Media Matters for Women (Sierra Leone)

Tiffany Okirika


SkySpace Global

Nuela Adanna Ononiwu


InspireIT (Nigeria)

Angela Reddix


Envision Lead Grow

Astrid Scholz


Sphaera Solutions

Brenda Thickett


Boston Consulting Group

Kelly Tousi


ZS Associates (Global)

Karen Wantland


Estrategia 3 (Guatemala)

Jen Welter


Former NFL Coach, Pro Football player and author

Marissa Wesely


Women Win (Global)

*Unless otherwise indicated, nominees are based in the USA.

Bpeace CEO, Toni Maloney, noted, “This year we attracted 50% more nominees than last year working in over 10 different countries. These women and men are the trailblazers who are leading change and providing mentorship to enable women to thrive in the workplace and beyond.

“The Women Forward award is more than simply a competition. It shines a light on those individuals who are mentoring women and propelling society forward. It serves as inspiration to the female entrepreneurs Bpeace advises in economically challenged communities—like El Salvador and Guatemala.”

The winners will be announced in April and an awards celebration will be held in New York City on June 4 at the Yale Club. Purchase tickets here.

About the nonprofit Bpeace

Bpeace is an award-winning nonprofit that provides impactful business advice to companies in conflict-affected communities, where women are underemployed and where we believe more jobs can cut the oxygen to violence.


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Bpeace Women Forward competition has identified 32 men and women finalists for their work mentoring and advancing women in business and society.

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