A new program to boost the number of women in corporate boardrooms is tapping 100 executives from top businesses in New York to mentor young women.

Partnership for New York City chief executive officer Kathryn Wylde, who will take part in the announcement, said that though there are many women in business, they don’t have the same professional networks that help young male executives on the rise.

“They don’t have a well-defined “old girls’ network,'” Wylde said with a laugh. “… The boys are on the golf course and the women are often either at their desk or taking care of family responsibilities. The women don’t have the same kind of professional network and support system.”

“We know that when young professionals have a mentor in their field it makes a difference,” Gillibrand said. “I have been fortunate to have extraordinary women role models who were instrumental in my own life. I’m thrilled this new program will give more young women access to senior business executives to help them succeed in their own careers.”

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