FAQ | Girls With Impact


  • Apply – Students apply and then are accepted.
  • Welcome – They receive a Welcome packet with login information to attend their online class.
  • Attend Online – Students meet for a live, engaging online class led by their coach.
  • Gather – Girls will gather in-person for an optional orientation to share their business and project ideas.
  • Updates – Parents are updated throughout the 12-weeks.

Watch this brief excerpt from a real class.

  • Just a computer with Internet access.
  • Also, a quiet, regular place to attend class.
  • 15 girls max. This allows us to have an engaging class with a powerful back-and-forth exchange.

They are:

  • Professionals experienced in entrepreneurship and business
  • Hold an MBA and/or other related degrees
  • Excited and committed to help girls succeed
  • Learn by doing
  • Incorporate instruction with exercises and hands-on learning
  • Educate girls on why curriculum is relevant to their college and career success
  • The program’s development was led by Girls with Impact CEO, who has taught business and entrepreneurship at New York University and to groups and Fortune 500 companies.
  • The curriculum team included experts from Harvard Business School’s Career Center and a 30-year guidance expert, Linda Woods.
  • Often, yes. Talk to your guidance counselor or other school representative first.
  • Tell them that the curriculum offers 33 hours of instruction.
  • Simply email us at support@girlswithimpact.com for any documentation needed.
  • If students face financial circumstances, we provide financial support.
  • The application provides an opportunity to answer this question and information will be included in your Welcome packet.
  • We have a two strikes, and you’re out policy. This is because it’s important that all students attend and avoid disrupting the class and the valuable relationships formed.
  • If a student misses class, simply inform your coach via email or text
  • Classes are taped and are available to view in the learning platform.

Yes, standards are:

  • Respect for others – listen without interruption and respond to communications within a 24-hour time period
  • Attendance – Attend class on time and at the specified times.
  • No distractions — No eating or texting during class.

Our program is referred to a “mini-MBA” because we educate girls on many concepts learned in a true MBA program. Our program also includes many personal development learnings.

Here’s a summary:


  • Strategic thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Know your customer
  • Competitive analysis
  • Market sizing
  • Building a team
  • Creating your own advisory board
  • Marketing on a budget
  • Win-win partnerships
  • Budgeting and creating a profit
  • Powerful presentations

Personal development:

  • Accepting feedback
  • Speaking/communications/persuasion
  • Building confidence
  • Strengthening relationships
  • Writing a powerful biography

To view our complete syllabus, go here

We say 2 hours a week for a lifetime of success.

Classes are 50 minutes each.

Weekly exercises or “BringBacks” to move your project forward take about 1 hour.

Yes. Just as with the YWCA, swimming or other programs, it helps cover our professional coaches, technology, platform, curriculum, start-up kits and more.

Our tuition is on a sliding scale, up to $495, based on financial need. This equates to about $30 per hour for the 12-week Academy, three mentoring sessions, and in-person gatherings.

This program is worth substantially more for the education, network and business/venture development as well as the increased likelihood of scholarships and job earnings.

  • Our CEO and Harvard Business School professor Lynda Applegate recognized a gap in business among teen girls.
  • Ms. Openshaw, as chief marketing officer for and co-author of Mercer’s global When Women Thrive research platform, was part of the global conversation about bringing more women into the workplace.  But she felt that to create a real pipeline of young women and to truly change the trajectory of women in the workplace, we need to start with this generation: teen girls.

We currently operate as a nonprofit affiliated with a regional YWCA. We plan to continue our nonprofit to provide scholarships for girls with a social enterprise (B-corp) for our standard tuition-paying members.