Friday, April 27, 2018

Caring Causes: Girls with Impact

 The story told by her Cambodian father of how her aunt and uncle died in his arms is the inspiration behind Pencil Pouches, one of over 20 Girls with Impact ventures to be unveiled this Saturday, April 28th.
The unprecedented gathering of girls and parents marks the end of a 12-month pre-launch phase of Girls With Impact, a 12-week “mini-MBA” that guides teens from idea to a business plan and prepares them to launch a real business, nonprofit or community project.   
“The power of tech – with good guidance – can put these girls at the forefront of tomorrow’s workplace,” said Jennifer Openshaw, among the few female CEOs in Silicon Valley when she founded and later sold Women’s Financial Network.
“Girls with Impact allows our girls the opportunity to take the initiative on something really important to them” says The Hewitt School’s Stephanie Dore. “It reinforces the sense of purpose we have at Hewitt – and our girls are raving about it.”
The six-week Summer intensive program, starting June 18, features classes twice per week coupled with one-to-one coaching and two in-person events.
Applications are being taken now.
What: Girls Unveil their Ventures
Why:  Bolster confidence, increase women in business, college prep
When: Saturday, April 28
Where: BLT, 695 E. Main Street, Stamford, CT
9:30 - Opening – Why Girls and How the Changing Workforce Impacts Them
9:45 - Hear from Harvard’s Lynda Applegate
10:00 -  How the program works
10:15  - Girls Unveil their Ventures (2-3 minutes each)
11:30 - End

RSVP: Reply by email to   with “I’ll attend in person” or “I’ll attend via web”

Quick stats on women:
• Under-representation – 6% CEOs, 14% engineers, 37% entrepreneurs.
• Confidence in teen girls – 50% of girls fear failure during puberty
• Unequal access: girls are just 15% of students in technical training
• New research on college women – just 18% participate in entrepreneurship competitions, but they are on 60% of winning teams
• Early results of Girls With Impact including growth in confidence, business skills, team management, tech and more (details here).

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