The Women Business Mentoring Initiative was founded in 2010 by Martine Liautaud and fellow alumni of the Stanford School of Business. WBMI’s relationship with the University and its alumni is vitally important in several areas:
Several Stanford Business School alumni are actively involved in recruiting and selecting WBMI mentors and mentees. Several serve as mentors.
Stanford Graduate School of Business delivered the first Women Entrepreneurship Program in 2015. This one-week program sponsored by BNP Paribas Wealth Management attracts women who lead fast-growing small and medium international enterprises in Europe, Asia and the United States. The intensive program provides strategic insight and unique business networking opportunities.
WBMI, together with the Women’s Initiative Foundation is considering working with the Stanford Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership, part of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, in order to collaborate on European studies.
A growing number of companies in Europe and the United States are involved in the WBMI mission, providing financial support, leadership and networking connections:
BNP is a global leader in financial services and one of the world's six highest rated banks. The Group makes long-term commitment to promoting women entrepreneurs and is a long time partner of the Women Business Mentoring Initiative (WBMI). BNP Paribas Wealth Management, the Group’s Private Banking arm, announced on May 4 2016 that it has agreed to sponsor the Woman Initiative Foundation (WIF) over the next three years.
Together with BNP Paribas, WBMI runs the Club des Entrepreneurs, which offers female CEOs topic-based practical seminars with well-known professionals. BNP and Paribas have also written a handbook on women’s entrepreneurship, Entreprendre au feminin: mode d’emploi (Female Entrepreneurship: A User’s Guide) published by Eyrolles in 2014