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What I Learned at the Forte´ Foundation’s C2B (College to Business) Leadership Conference in San Francisco? 

May 31, 2014

 

Our guest contributor is Daiting Song, a sophomore at University California Los Angeles (UCLA) from Beijing China.  Daiting attended the Forte Foundation’s College to Business Leadership Conference in San Francisco, California. Daiting and I met when she was an intern for Startup UCLA in 2013.  She also helped me with the Realizing a Vision conference and we became friends through that time.  We thought it would be interesting to hear about the conference from the view of an international college woman.  Daiting leaves June 14th for a summer internship in Germany.  I do hope she will write a blog post for us about her internship and then when she returns in the September for classes  at UCLA.

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A Look at the Forte´ Foundation’s College to Business Leadership Conference 

On April 12th I attended Forte´ Foundation’s C2B (College to Business) Leadership Conference in San Francisco, California. It was created for freshman and sophomore college women to explore opportunities in business for women. It was hosted by Deloitte® in their offices on Mission Street in downtown San Francisco. We arrived at 8 a.m. for registration and breakfast. The staff of Forte´ Foundation and Deloitte greeted us. We spent breakfast getting to know the other girls. While girls from across the United States attended, the majority of them were from the West Coast. C2B was also held in New York City at the beginning of April. Most people from the rest of the country were assigned to the New York conference.

 

What Our Day Looked Like

The first session of the day was the welcome speech by Denise Montana, director of corporate relations for the Forte´ Foundation followed with Christina Huddleson with Deloitte Consulting, Director. Libby Gill, CEO of Libby Gill & Company kicked off the day with a really interesting workshop, Igniting Bold Leadership. After the workshop there was a panel session with new female employees, fresh out of college. The young women introduced us to “real life” opportunities to get summer internships as well as what we needed to be doing to get our dream job.

The afternoon was all about teamwork. We were assigned to do a case competition as a team. Professor Marcel Zondag led the workshop/competition from Western Michigan University. The assignment was to pretend we were in the 1990s where computers are not used as common and popular as now. Imagine we are different companies that produce the computer and were in charge of allocating/pricing and everything in the supply chain. Each team was assigned two to three people as mentors who were working in the real world either in finance or consulting. Our mentors were both from banking, one from Wells Fargo Bank and the other from Citi Bank. Then after several click in the system the software would simulate the profit we got. Then after four quarters of decision-making, we got our final score. Our team didn’t win but it was a very interesting activity overall.

On our team, we did not have anyone familiar with marketing and allocating but we had a lot fun and learned a lot. Personally I’m not a fan of teamwork. As a linguistics and computer science major I am assigned to do everything alone and I work well alone. That being said I’m not saying I am not good at teamwork. Teamwork is more of an MBA thing as far as I am concerned. Everyone is on a similar page and have a certain level of understanding. But for teams assigned temporarily like ours I found it hard to take everyone’s opinion into consideration. Not everyone is in the zone or on the same page. So I’d have enjoyed it more if we had known each other previously and knew that our skill sets complemented each other.

After the case study we had a little network session with representatives from Deloitte Consulting, DaVita, Wells Fargo Bank, Citibank and other companies. Overall it was a great experience and I got to know a lot of people and listened to a lot of stories.

Daiting Song
UCLA ’16
Guest Contributor
 
 
We look forward to hearing from you as well.
Best regards,
Sylvia R.J. Scott
Founder, Girl’s CEO Connection™
 
 
 

December 4, 2013

Reverse the Course Indiegogo Campaign Needs Your Support

Seldom do I write about a young CEO in two corresponding posts.  However I think this one is very important for the education of girls globally.  Reverse the Course has a mission to educate young girls from the Massai tribe in Kenya, East Africa.  Many of you most likely have never heard of the Massai tribe.  They are one of the warrior tribes in Kenya and still believe in the old ways.  One of those traditions is marrying girls young as is the case in many underdeveloped countries.

Mary Grace Henry, the young founder and CEO of Reverse the Course had made it possible for 35 girls to get an education. Her goal is 100 girls.  After you watch the video on how she began her company at the age of 12 and where it is going, I hope you make a contribution to her Indiegogo Campaign before the deadline of December 11th at midnight. For those of you who celebrate Christmas, what a great gift to give.

Thank you and Cheers,

Sylvia Scott

Email: sylvia@girlsceoconnection.com

Twitter: @GirlsCEOConnect

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/girlsceoconnection

September 8, 2013

Brave Girl’s Alliance Indiegogo Campaign “Brave Girls Invade Times Square”

What Brave Girls Want

There are three days left to reach the $25,000 goal for funding. There is only $600 to meet the goal. You can make a difference in how the media portrays girls of all ages. Learn more about how you can make it happen for the Brave Girls Invade Times Square.  It is time for the media and entertainment companies (and toy manufacturers) to show and promote positive role models for girls of all ages. It would be great to let girls see female entrepreneurs in middle and high school. Please pass this along to your friends.

Brave Girls Want

Thank you and have a great week,

Sylvia

Author: Realizing a Vision, The Path for Teen Girls to Become Successful Entrepreneurs.  (Scheduled for October 2013)

Girls’ CEO Connection™Blog: http://girlsceoconnection.wordpress.com

Girls’ CEO Connection™ Facebook Page:  http://www.facebook.com/GirlsCEOConnection

Twitter: @GirlsCEOConnect

Realizing a Vision Group:  www.facebook.com/groups/RealizingaVision

 

April 26, 2013

REALIZING A VISION CONFERENCE FOR APRIL 27, 2013 RESCHEDULED

We found it necessary to rescheduled the Realizing a Vision Conference to a new date and location in Los Angeles.  We will update you with our new date and location.  The agenda and topics will remain the same. We will have 95% of the same presenters with us.

Thank you for those who registered.  Be  sure to check on the special offers we have sent you through your email.

For questions on the rescheduled event please contact us at realizingavision@gmail.com and in the subject line note “Realizing a Vision Rescheduled.

Best regards,

Sylvia RJ Scott

Author: Realizing a Vision, The Path for Teen Girls to Become Successful Entrepreneurs.  (Scheduled for June 2013)

 
GIrl’s CEO Connection Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/GirlsCEOConnection
 

March 23

Realizing a Vision Conference (2)

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On April 27th Alpha Kappa Psi UCLA chapter will host the 2013 Realizing a Vision conference at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).  One exciting part of this conference is that it will be held  in the Ackerman Union Grand Ballroom.

  • Imagine learning from the finest business minds how to grow an idea into a sustainable business.
  • Imagine learning how to be in charge of your future and the importance of managing communications, conflicts and relationships .
  • Imagine meeting and spending a day with close to 200 young women you do not know yet will by the end of the day.  It means connecting with future entrepreneurs and leaders that want to make a difference just like you.
  • Imagine having lunch with one of the accomplished women entrepreneurs leading discussion group.
  • Imagine learning how visioning will help you reach your goals.

You do need to imagine it, you can experience it at the Realizing a Vision conference on April 27th at UCLA in Los Angeles California.

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We have two exceptional women business owners leading the “Visioning” general session directly after the Opening Session.  You will meet Sandy Abrams  and Shelley Ehler.  What makes them so special to lead this session?  They use visioning all the time with the growth of their businesses.  Sandy is the Founder and CEO of Moisture Jamzz Inc and author of Your Idea Inc.

Shelly is the Founder of ShowNo, a business that brought her national recognition her appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank.  It was more than just an appearance to pitch her business, she was one of the lucky entrepreneurs to receive funding from a “shark.”

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You will learn more about Sandy and Shelly and the Visioning session on our  Realizing a Vision page. Find additional information on our Facebook and Group pages.

Cheers,

Sylvia

Author: Realizing a Vision, A Guide for Girls to Become a Successful Teen Entrepreneur (Scheduled for April 2013)

Look forward to seeing some of you on April 27th at UCLA.  Register online for the Realizing a Vision HERE.

Girl’s CEO Connection Facebook Page  http://www.facebook.com/GirlsCEOConnection
Realizing a Vision Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RealizingaVision

March 22, 2013

Realizing a Vision Conference

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Globally today’s high school girls are just as creative and innovative as their male peers. Why do people, especially in the United States think high school girls need to follow safe careers? Why do these girls have to wait until college or as adults to be accepted as a woman entrepreneur?  Why not give them the encouragement and opportunities now that will make a difference?

Actions Speak Louder Than Words.  Non-profit groups and schools may show and instruct youth on how to write and implement  business plans. The students may learn to pitch their business plans to potential investors. The Realizing a Vision conference is an action that provides high school girls with the characteristics and traits of successful women entrepreneurs. Guest women entrepreneurs and business women bring to life what they have learned over the years.  Realizing a Vision engages and equips girls as a new generation of entrepreneurs to follow in the footsteps of the giants before them.

The Realizing a Vision conference is designed specifically for young women between the ages of 14 and 21. Young women meet successful entrepreneurs who began businesses at age 16 and sold them for millions at the age of 21.  My Social Cloud began with a teenage girl and her older brother.  Now 20 years old Stacey Ferreira has Richard Branson as an investor.

On April 27th Alpha Kappa Psi UCLA chapter will host the 2013 Realizing a Vision conference at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).  One exciting part of this conference is that it will be held  in the Ackerman Union Grand Ballroom.  Such a great place and event to spend a Saturday with a diverse group of 200 high school girls with an interest in becoming an entrepreneur and future woman leader.

The following video testimony is with Vivian Duong, Kelly Trinh, Tammy Nguyen, and Alexandra Hoang, members of the Girl’s CEO Connection Young Women’s Advisory Council.  The video gives you a good idea of why high school girls like the Realizing a Vision conference. It is great to learn what girls take away from the conference.

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Meet our opening session guest entrepreneurs: Rieva Lesonsky, CEO & Founder of GrowBiz Media; Jennifer Kushell, Founder and CEO of Young & Successful Media LLC and Marty Stevens Heebner, President and Creator or Rebagz® Handbags on our Realizing a Vision Conference Page (more).

Look forward to seeing some of you on April 27th at UCLA.  Register online for the Realizing a Vision HERE.

Cheers,

Sylvia

Author: Realizing a Vision, A Guide for Girls to Become a Successful Teen Entrepreneur (Scheduled for April 2013)

Girl’s CEO Connection Facebook Page  http://www.facebook.com/GirlsCEOConnection
Realizing a Vision Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RealizingaVision

Thank you to Stacey Ferreira, Team Builder for Our Indiegogo Crowd Funding

Stacey Ferreira is a tremendous supporter of Realizing a Vision conference and the Girl’s CEO Connection™.  We highlighted Stacey on June 11. 2012 in Part 3 of Young Women Entrepreneurs on the Move.  Stacey continues to amaze us by her continuous journey as a young entrepreneur. She was one of the young entrepreneurs written about on March 13, 2013 in Business Insider.   Think about this: out of the 14 young entrepreneurs highlighted there were only two and of course Stacey was one of them.  

Learn more about Stacey and how she continues to become a Team Builder and why we are excited to have her as a presenter for the April 27th Realizing a Vision conference at University of California Los Angeles. Click here to read more about Stacey on our Realizing a Vision Conference Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign page.

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March 12, 2013

Why Do People Think High School Girls in the United States Need To Follow Safe Careers?

Globally today’s high school girls are just as creative and innovative as their male peers. Why do people, especially in the United States think high school girls need to follow safe careers? Why do these girls have to wait until college or as adults to be accepted as a woman entrepreneur?  Why not give them the encouragement and opportunities now that will make a difference?

Actions Speak Louder Than Words The Realizing a Vision conference is an action to give girls characteristics and traits of successful women entrepreneurs. These women bring to life what they have learned over the years.  Non-profit groups and schools show youth how to write and implement  business plans. Realizing a Vision engages and equips girls as a new generation of entrepreneurs to follow in the footsteps of the giants before them.  Invest in today’s high school girls becoming women entrepreneurs with sustainable businesses.  Invest today in our Indiegogo ‘Realizing a Vision, The Path for Teen Girls to Become Successful Entrepreneurs’.

Thank you and do consider investing in our Indiegogo initiative.

Best regards,

Sylvia Scott

Author: Realizing a Vision, A Guide for Girls to Become a Successful Teen Entrepreneur (Scheduled for April 2013) 


Girl’s CEO Connection Facebook Page  http://www.facebook.com/GirlsCEOConnection

March 4, 2013

Tips on Encouraging Your Teenage Daughter to Become an Entrepreneur

I recently contributed a post to Vanessa Van Edwards Radical Parenting blog.  Many of you may know Vanessa under her maiden name Vanessa Van Edwards.  She entitled the post:How Do You Encourage Your Daughter to Be an Entrepreneur?  There are many ways to do so and actually it will vary with different countries.  When I wrote the post I was thinking about in the United States. A good portion of  parents in the U.S. are nervous about their teenage daughters seriously starting a business.  Etsy and eBay may not seem to them to be serious endeavors. Quite frankly that is not the case. Building websites, creating charitable projects or designing jewelry do not always seem to be long term serious endeavors until the “project” grows. Parents normally want their daughters to attend a four-year or community college for knowledge to attain a good job. Good jobs provide stability and also security in the future.  

Did you know there are young women who began businesses in high school that helped with their college tuition or made a difference with receiving a scholarship to college?  Did you know there are teenage girls who began businesses as early as age 15 and later sold them for millions while in college  or became “young millionaires.”  Some of the girls had brothers as partners or perhaps a parent.  Whatever the case may be, the young women were majority owners of the businesses and made a difference in the business growth. When you look at the numbers though, there are more boys than girls who step out to do it with a support system. 

What do parents do if neither one is an entrepreneur nor is there a family member? 

Without going into a lengthy blog post here I have provided suggestions in  Radical Parenting. After putting my Radial Parenting postt on one of the LinkedIn groups here are two suggestions:

  1. A part-time summer job or an internship with a start-up company.  In some cases even startup businesses will not hire teenagers under the age of 16 because of their maturity level.  Another option is for younger teenagers to work with a family friend or neighbor who is an entrepreneur or small business owner.  A third work option is for the older teenager to have a teacher give her class credit for a summer internship.  In the United States it is no longer legal for businesses to offer non-paid internships unless it it for class credit or part of a graduation requirement.  Another thought is if the school has  Junior Achievement, Future Business Leaders of America, or DECA why not encourage your daughter to take part?  There is a good chance an internship would be credible for them.
  2. Girls Scouts of America with their yearly cookie sales.  Their are troops for the younger teenage girls all the way into college.  In fact the Girl Scouts have a cookie business program for their Cadette Scouts.  By following the cookie business guidelines found on the Girl Scout National web site the  girls learn how to create a business plan, learn financial literacy, record keeping, sales and customer service. Unfortunately what many people in the United States do not realize is that seldom do teenage girls go beyond the Cadette level. Between 9th and 12th grades the girls lose interest in being involved with the Girl Scouts.

These are only two examples aside from the ones included in the Radical Parenting blog.  Another option I believe in is for teenage girls to attend entrepreneurial workshops and conferences design for women entrepreneurs.  Why? Girls learn differently that boys.  When they are in the same class or even a conference the dynamics are completely different.  The girls are not as inquisitive with their questions and interactions. There is also the attraction issue that may cause distractions from the conference or course content.

Realizing a Vision Conference

The Realizing a Vision conference is designed specifically for girls between the ages of 14 and 18, 9th to 12th grades. The next California conference will be held on April 27th, 2013 at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).  The Alpha Kappa Psi UCLA chapter will host the conference in the Ackerman Union Hall Grand Ballroom.  The attached video testimony is with Vivian Duong, Kelly Trinh, Tammy Nguyen, and Alexandra Hoang, members of the Girl’s CEO Connection Young Women’s Advisory Council.  The video gives you a good idea of why high school girls like the Realizing a Vision conference. It is great to learn what girls take away from the conference.

To learn more about the April 27th conference hosted by the UCLA chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi click here for our Facebook Realizing a Vision Group Event page and also on our conference signup page (click here).

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If you have any questions on the Realizing a Vision conference please contact me at realizingavision@gmail.com or in our comment section.

Enjoy and look forward to hearing from you.

Sylvia RJ Scott

Please “like” us on Girl’s CEO Connection Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/girlsceoconnection

We are also on Tumblr now at http://www.tumblr.com/blog/realizingavision and on Twitter @GirlsCEOConnect

Our Facebook Realizing a Vision Group Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RealizingaVision/

October 2, 2012

Before we move into the post on young entrepreneur Catherine Cook it is important to let you know there are some glitches in our blog.  For some strange reason some of the videos on our Role Model Entrepreneurs were disrupted by a recent inclusion of the Sheila Moon interview.  We are looking into what has caused this weird challenge. It is coming from the links on our You Tube channel and plan to have a resolution this week.  We apologize for the disruption and have to look at this as an issue with technology.

Young Woman Catherine Cook, Co-founder of myYearbook Sells Business for $100 Million

Young Entrepreneur Catherine Cook Co-founded myYearbook in 2005 at age 15 with Her 16-year old Brother David. Their Business  Sold in 2011 for $100 Million.

This past week I was honored to be a delegate at the Empact Summit, The Future of Entrepreneurship Education in Washington D.C.  On Friday, September 28th I had the honor to meet a young woman entrepreneur Catherine Cook co-founder of myYearbook.  Recently renamed to MeetMe the company is  based in New Hope, Pennsylvania.  Catherine is now an honoree of The Empact100 2012The Empact100 list recognizes young emerging entrepreneurs in the United States.  All of the winners are founders of under the age of 30.

Catherine turns 23 years old this week. Eight years ago she launched myYearbook with her brother David while they were both in high school.  They wanted a digital yearbook where teenagers could meet new people in their own high school along with other in the United States.  Catherine was 15 years old and David was 16 years old.  Their older brother Geoff joined them after graduating from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Geoff helped them financially with their young start-up.

In 2011 the brother-sister team sold myYearbook for $100 million of combined stock and cash.  In June 2012 myYearbook was renamed MeetMe and rebranded as a social network to meet people globally.  While the United States is big on yearbooks, the rest of the world is not.  MeetMe is a way to meet new people and connect with them in a friendly fun way.

Why is Catherine Cooks’s entrepreneur path so significant for teenage girls?  Find out more about Catherine on our Role Model Entrepreneurs’ Page.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Sylvia RJ Scott

Please “like” us on Girl’s CEO Connection Facebook Pageat http://www.facebook.com/girlsceoconnection.com.

We are also on Tumblr now at http://www.tumblr.com/blog/realizingavision and on Twitter @GirlsCEOConnect

Our Facebook Realizing a Vision Group Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RealizingaVision/

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