Faculty Advisor

Madan, Aarti Smith

Faculty Advisor

Madan, Ryan Smith

Project Center

Costa Rica


Gender inequality is a global issue often exacerbated in developing countries. The Vital Voices Global Partnership aims to “bring visibility to women” to end this inequality. The Costa Rican chapter focuses on mentorship to create this visibility; currently, however, they have trouble keeping the mentors engaged. Our goal was to increase the value of their mentor network by identifying ways to connect the mentors to one another. We first evaluated the preexisting mentor network based on best practices of similar international women’s organizations. We then analyzed the VVCR network based on mentors’ opinions gathered from an online questionnaire and focus group. We created eight recommendations for the enhancement of the VVCR network which are detailed in our Implementation Guide.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts