Mentoring Program

The general public’s knowledge on the importance, leadership and influence of women enlisted within the defence, military and security sectors is quite minimal and their role in defence is often overlooked. This also creates numerous challenges for young women aspiring to work within the aforementioned sectors. The LATO Mentoring Program for Women Professionals tries to tackle these challenges by providing a supportive network of mentors that are at an arm’s reach.


The LATO Mentoring Program for Women Professionals targets young professionals from Latvia and connects them with multiple highly ranked, highly achieving and highly reputed women professionals in the defence, military and security sectors. By connecting both the successful and the aspiring leaders the program bridges the gap in understanding and support. The program creates a network of like-minded individuals that is intended as a long-term initiative.

Calling for future professionals from Latvia in the security and foreign affairs sector!



Applications are open for the Latvian Transatlantic Organization’s Mentoring Program for young professional women, which will take place from October to December 2022.


Your benefits

  • You will meet highly regarded and established female-leaders in the foreign affairs, defence and security sectors and have an inclusive network of mentors at your fingertips.
  • Training sessions, lectures, discussions and individual consultations with mentors in a motivating and safe environment, which will enhance your professional outlook.
  • You will personally get to know and receive support from like-minded young professional women and build a community of dynamic future leaders.


Your mentors

Gunda Reire, Ilze Znotiņa, Lolita Čigāne, Marija Golubeva, Sanita Pavļuta-Deslandes and Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica.


How to apply?

If you are a young professional woman from Latvia who has recently started or is planning to start a career in the security and foreign affairs sector, send your CV and cover letter to [email protected] until October 3. We will consider the applicant’s motivation, professional interests and career goals to find a suitable mentor for each selected participant. The mentoree places on the program are limited.


About the “Women, peace and security” program

The UN Security Council resolutions on “Women, peace and security” agenda marked the beginning of a new process in the promotion of international peace and security, paying special attention to the prevention of gender-based violence, as well as the representation and involvement of women in conflict resolution and peacekeeping processes. Latvia has developed and is currently implementing its National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.


The mentoring program is supported by the German Embassy in Riga and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia.


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