What is your WHY?


The Mentoring Women’s Network Foundation is starting a movement.  Pass the Torch for Women is a movement to inspire one million women throughout the nation to take the pledge to support one another and tell us their WHY.  Pass the Torch for Women is a bold declaration and one that is unique to each of us.

My WHY is my 12 year old daughter.  I have dedicated my life and career to advancing women leaders because I want my daughter, and other girls in her generation, to have every opportunity available to them.  I want her to know she has the right and opportunity to truly do anything or be anything she wants.  I want her to be intentional as she chooses her life partner and find someone who supports her career aspirations.  I want her to be bold, daring, and authentically confident.  I want her to feel supported in her decisions and know her value runs so much deeper than her external appearance, despite what the media would have her believe.

So, what is your WHY?

I am honored to be leading the Mentoring Women’s Network Foundation and the national Pass the Torch for Women movement.  We are building the largest and most effective mentoring program for women in the world and it all starts with making a bold declaration and pledge to support other women.  Together, we will unite and stand as one.  We will celebrate one another for our similarities and our differences.  We will celebrate as women move into advancing corporate roles and more political offices.  We will celebrate these successes and small victories and not look for reasons to criticize.  Together, we will rise.

About the author:

With roughly 15 years in nonprofit work, Alison Martin-Books has a passion for doing work that makes a difference in the lives of others. After serving as Executive Director at two different national nonprofit organizations, her commitment to her passion for developing female talent led her launch Mentoring Women’s Network and the Mentoring Women’s Network Foundation. In her role, Martin-Books acts as a liaison to a national committee responsible for the leadership development content for the organization and consults with corporations on the development and strategy aligned with initiatives for emerging female leaders.

She is also the author of the book, “Landing on My Feet: Learning to Lead Through Mentoring” and speaks regularly on behalf of the organization.

Alison Martin-Books