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

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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