BERLIN, Conn., July 23, 2018 – Girls With Impact – the nation’s only entrepreneurship program just for teen girls – today announced a partnership with New England’s largest energy company, Eversource Energy. Underscoring the company’s commitment to the organization, Girls With Impact appointed Beth M. Foley, vice president of Strategic Communications for Eversource, to their Board of Advisors.
The partnership will support high school girls in Connecticut and Massachusetts training to be leaders and entrepreneurs through Girls With Impact’s 12-week “mini-MBA” Academy and provide them with professional mentors to help develop and launch their ventures.
“Given Eversource’s tremendous commitment to our industry’s future leaders, it’s a natural fit for the company to support this worthwhile organization,” said Foley. “The program’s results speak volumes and we are privileged to contribute to their impressive progress. I look forward to partnering with this remarkable group to welcome more utilities to this extremely meaningful organization.”
To date, Girls With Impact has seen:
- 87% of its girls create working business plans for businesses or non-profits
- 140% improvement in confidence among participants
- 100% improvement in career-readiness among participants
“Women with confidence and strong business skills are critical to the talent pipeline companies need,” said Girls With Impact CEO Jennifer Openshaw. “We’re proof that by equipping girls today, we turn them into leaders tomorrow and boost corporate bottom-lines.”
According to a recent Ernst & Young survey, women made up only five percent of board executives across the global power and utilities sector in 2016 with just a one percent average increase over the last three years. This, despite the fact that the top 20 most diverse utilities significantly outperformed the lower 20 on a return on investment basis.
The US AID says “integrating women into different sectors of the energy value chain unlocks productivity, return on investment, and customer satisfaction.” Companies with one or more women on their boards are significantly more likely to have improved sustainability practices, according to the Berkeley-Haas School of Business.
Named by Ceres as #1 in the nation for energy efficiency, Eversource serves four million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
“Eversource has a proud record of serving the neighborhoods where we work and live,” Foley added. “Together, with Girls with Impact, we are in good company in shaping our future female leaders.”
Girls With Impact is the nation’s only entrepreneurship program just for teen girls, delivered live from the home or road. The after-school, extra-curricular program drives exceptional results in confidence, empowerment, college prep and career readiness, including STEM areas. Apply at www.girlswithimpact.com/application