News: Girls With Impact Calls for Fairfield County Teens to Apply for Entrepreneurship Academy by This Friday


Nearly 200 Gather at First-Ever Summit, Inspiring Girls and Parents to Get Equipped for Fast-Changing Working World


Greenwich, CT, Sept 12, 2017 – On the heels of Connecticut’s first-ever Girls Entrepreneurship Summit this past weekend, Girls with Impact is calling for teen applicants of all backgrounds to join this powerful entrepreneurship program. The deadline to apply is this Friday, September 15th.

“Your career won’t be a straight line,” said Harvard Business School professor and Girls with Impact Advisor Lynda Applegate before the gathering. “It will be a zig-zag, but prepare today by turning a passion into a project or business. The world is changing so fast.”\

Nearly 200 gathered this past weekend to hear from three Girls with Impact members and how they are impacting their community and college success. Other speakers included New Canaan resident Hadley Pollet, CEO of Hadley Pollet, a contemporary accessories design firm, and Heather Cabot, author of the new book, Geek Girl Rising.

“My mother always wanted me to dress a certain way,” said designer Pollet. “I rebelled, but my love of color, I found later, was actually a gift – a gift that allowed me to create a business. Find that gift in yourself.”

“In my day, we never wanted to be a geek,” said CEO Jennifer Openshaw. “But today, it’s cool.” Openshaw added that nearly 40% of the workforce will be freelance by 2020, demanding we equip girls for success in a new economy.

Author Cabot emphasized that the need for gender diversity requires women learn tech skills – a skill that is often required no matter what kind of business or project one starts.

“There are only a handful of women in venture capital and as entrepreneurs,” said Cabot. “We need to change that – and it starts with you.”


Call for Applicants – Build Entrepreneurship and Business Skills from Home

Girls with Impact is now taking applications for its Fall program. Teen girls ages 15-17 may apply here for one of five class times.

The 12-week Academy, designed with experts from Harvard Business School, enables girls to attend class with their expert coach and classmates from the comfort of their home.

The program is already helping girls get a jump-start on their college applications. “I had no idea how to get my idea off the ground, but Girls with Impact really helped,” said Jamie Yee, 16.

Girls with Impact is the country’s first online, real-time entrepreneurship program just for girls. Headquartered in Connecticut and partnered with the YWCA, the organization provides a 12-week Academy designed with Harvard experts, mentoring, and an ongoing network. See what parents say here (video) and watch the Academy in action here.

The program, made possible by the Fairfield County Community Foundation and Houlihan Lawrence, is part of a larger effort to create the next generation of female talent by engaging 10,000 girls by 2020 and changing the trajectory of women in the workplace.

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