February 3, 2016

Our Words of Wisdom to Help You Be Remembered in a Positive Light

Show Respect to Accomplished Women Entrepreneurs and Learn All You Can About People Interested in You


The reason I am writing this post is to give you pointers to help you become successful now and beyond.

It’s always a surprise to me when young female entrepreneurs are ignorant of the skills and etiquette to make them successful. In some cases they may know better. In other cases they just don’t care or they think they know better than seasoned professionals. I am referring to well-educated young women between the ages of 18 and 27.

We are taught to research the people and companies we want to work for upon graduation from high school or college. The same is true with college interviews or meeting with an advisor or counselor. Imagine what the conversation would be like if someone has not research a prospective college or business before meeting with its representative?

Additionally we use to be taught to respect people with more experience, knowledge, or education. I cannot fathom why a 25-year-old would act like she knew more about business than someone with 40 years of experience. Working for the Women’s Leadership Exchange gave me the opportunity to meet highly accomplished women. There were entrepreneurs, business owners, corporate leaders, and government officials. There were entertainment and media moguls. Some of the most impressive women were in academia or national associations that shared their expertise on how women work. I loved meeting all of them and became friends with some of them. I learned so much from them. To be honest if I had not researched each of them, their businesses, and expertise it would have been impossible to have a conversation. It would have also been impossible to make a connection with them.

Recently I experienced an incident with a young woman who showed complete ignorance of business etiquette. She was probably 25 years old or a little older. I learned about her on a professional social networking platform. She had worked in the corporate and political worlds prior to starting her business. Everything I found on the Internet about her convinced me she would be a fine role model for high school girls. I also thought she would be excellent for a video interview and quite possibly a participant for our next Realizing a Vision conference. I wanted to learn more about her business. Most of all I wanted to learn more about her as an entrepreneur. We arranged a time to speak by phone.

Much to my surprise I learned she had not researched the Girl’s CEO Connection. There is plenty of information on the Internet. In fact some of the information has to do with my support of women entrepreneurs for many years. Her ignorance of business etiquette amazed me. By the end of the conversation I no longer considered her a role model nor wanted to have a video interview of her.

Our words of wisdom for you. 1.) Learn the skills and etiquette that contribute to the success of accomplished women entrepreneurs and business owners. 2.) Be curious and learn the background and expertise of people you want to meet or will be meeting. There is a lot to learn from seasoned entrepreneurs and experts. 3.) Most of all remember to treat them with respect. You will find many of them will want to help you move forward with your business. Others may want to become your mentor. You never know what will happen when you follow these words of wisdom.

Please feel free to contact me here or by email at sylvia@girlsceoconnection.com

Until next time have a great day,



Sylvia Scott, Founder, Girl’s CEO Connection™

Email: sylvia@girlsceoconnection.com

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February 2, 2016

Where do you want us to go from here?

We want to know which companies and women entrepreneurs you feel are encouraging high school girls to become entrepreneurs? We have a list of companies however you may be familiar with others. There may be someone in your class, in your neighborhood, or even a relative you would like for us to highlight.

Examples of companies are Goldieblox, fashion designers Tory Burch and Eileen Fisher, and SPANX founder  Sara Blakely. There are young female entrepreneurs like Hayley Hoverter of Sweet (dis)Solve and fashion designer Isabella Rose Taylor.

Are there any books and/or movies you think are targeted to future and emerging female entrepreneurs? Please let us know.We would love to learn about them. Aside from giving you a list as resources we might share them in blog posts.

Which social media platforms are important to you and your friends? We want to begin highlighting our new book, Realizing a Vision, Your Toolbox for Success. Words of Wisdom for Young Female Entrepreneurs.  What do you think about Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook? Is YouTube important to you? What do you think about podcasts?

Do you watch Shark Tank? What do you think about it? If you are in Canada do you watch Dragons’ Den? Dragons’ Den producers also have the Next Gen Den. One of the judges is Shopify’s Chief Platform Officer, Harley Finkelstein.

Would you watch a youth entrepreneur version of Shark Tank? Would you like to see a show with high school or college women as entrepreneurs? If you are an aspiring young entrepreneur or already have a business who would you like to see as a judge? Would you tryout to be a contestant?

Send your comments to sylvia@girlsceoconnection.com or leave them here on the blog.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you.


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November 8, 2015

Shayna Turk and her Vision for Shayna Turk’s Academy of Rising STARS

     When we talk about vision in our bookRealizing a Vision, Your Toolkit for Success Wisdom for Young Female Entrepreneurs  we look at it as a clear and compelling image that offers an innovative way to accomplish a dream or future goals. We want you to consider visioning as looking beyond today and imagining the possibilities and opportunities for tomorrow. Your vision will normally come from a passion

     Shayna Turk, Producing Director and Founder of Shayna Turk’s Academy of Rising STARS, is an example of how a passion led to a vision that continues to grow. Shayna began her musical theatre career at the age of five. Shayna’s passion for musical theatre was so strong that when she was 10 years old, Shayna saw how talented children were not selected…

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November 8, 2015

Shayna Turk and her Vision for Shayna Turk’s Academy of Rising STARS

     When we talk about vision in our book Realizing a Vision, Your Toolkit for Success Wisdom for Young Female Entrepreneurs  we look at it as a clear and compelling image that offers an innovative way to accomplish a dream or future goals. We want you to consider visioning as looking beyond today and imagining the possibilities and opportunities for tomorrow. Your vision will normally come from a passion

     Shayna Turk, Producing Director and Founder of Shayna Turk’s Academy of Rising STARS, is an example of how a passion led to a vision that continues to grow. Shayna began her musical theatre career at the age of five. Shayna’s passion for musical theatre was so strong that when she was 10 years old, Shayna saw how talented children were not selected for the community summer musicals because of their ages. Shayna did not like the minimum age requiements. Talented young children were losing out on an opportunity to perform. As a result Shayna’s vision was for a summer musical theatre camp designed for young children to show and expand their talents. In 2003 at the age of 11, Shayna founded Shayna Turk’s Academy of Rising STARS.  Her older sister and friends believed in Shayna and decided to help Shayna realize her vision. They joined the first cast of “You Are a Good Man, Charlie Brown”.Shayna Turk Headshot Blog

As Shayna Turk’s Academy of Rising STARS grew Shayna realized her true passion was more than musical theatre. It was to help children build confidence and explore their creativity through performance. She continued to build the camp throughout her high school years.

   Learn more about Shayna’s vision and how she grew it on the Role Model Entrepreneurs page



Sylvia Scott, Founder, Girl’s CEO Connection™

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We would love to hear from high school girls on the subject. What is your opinion? What do you like best: Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest?


Anyone in tech can tell you that Actual Teens are hallowed ground. Where teens’ tastes wander, the industry froths itself into a frenzy attempting to follow. For teens are a bellwether of dollar valuations to come. So what are American teens keen on right now? A new report by the Pew Research Center delves into the tech that matters to the kids that matter.

First startling stat: access to mobile devices is enabling a nearly quarter (24%) of teens to be online “almost constantly”. Which does rather underline why Actual Teens are so beloved by the tech industry. These eyeballs are oh-so-hungry for content to consume.

Smartphone penetration (either ownership or access to a device) stands at a not-so-surprising three-quarters (73%) of teens, according to Pew. A further 30% of teens have access to a basic mobile.

Almost all (92%) the polled teens profess to go online daily. A majority (56%) are online several times per…

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April 8, 2015

Young Female Entrepreneurs:Would Grace Thomas,the New American Girl Doll Inspire You to be a Teen Entrepreneur? 

     Recently I read an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal by Ruth Simon. “A Lesson in Entrepreneurship From a Doll” sparked my attention immediately. It was a surprise to learn American Girl has created the Grace Thomas doll, an aspiring entrepreneur. Grace has a passion for baking and at the age of nine appears to have all the makings of a successful baker. She also has a passion and vision to have her own bakery. Her grandparents have owned a bakery since she can remember. They love having a business and their enthusiasm has been an influence on Grace’s vision. Grace also has two friends who want to be her business partners.

Lesson in Leadership from a Doll (American Girl Mattel)     If you are not familiar with the American Girl merchandising concept a young female character is created. A doll is made to represent the character complete with several appropriate outfits and accessory toys. Each character has a personal story shared in books and a DVD movie. The Grace Thomas doll play set is a replica of a French bakery complete with baking accessories, stove, display cases with baked goods and much more.

     Some people including parents might not understand how a doll would influence young girls to become entrepreneurs. After all, most girls between the ages of 8 to 11 do not know the meaning of the word entrepreneur unless they watch Shark Tank in the United States or Dragon’s Den in Canada. However Grace Thomas is more than a doll with a play set to look like a bakery. Grace’s story comes to life through three related books and visually in two DVD movies. Girls will experience Grace’s passion for baking and to own a bakery. They will learn what motivates along with some of the challenges of opening and running a business. The girls will learn how commitment and persistence pay off. Grace and her friends also learn how to work as a team even after Grace’s two friends start a bakery when she is away for the summer. Now this is a brief overview of Grace’s story. I do not want spoil the entire story and conclusion for any of you who plan to read the books.

     One other example of a business where young girls might learn about becoming an entrepreneur was through the Beacon Street Girls. In 2002, Addie Swartz launched B*Tween Productions, the parent company for Beacon Street Girls. Addie’s mission was to help girls build self-esteem and self-confidence. She wanted to give tween girls, ages 9 to 12, a place to go and learn positive messaging and find healthy role models. Addie did this through an interactive web site, books, and fun products. The Beacon Street Girls were a diverse group of five very cool junior high girls who lived in the Boston area. Addie began publishing a series of 22 books about the Beacon Street Girls’ adventures. Each book had a theme with one of the girls as the main character. TImes UpTime’s Up is the story about the character Katani, an aspiring teen entrepreneur who wants to enter a contest sponsored by her favorite magazine T-Biz! In order to make the entry deadline she turns to her Beacon Street Girl friends. Another of her challenges is that one of her best friends committed to helping Katani’s main competitor. The book tells how the Beacon Street Girls work together to solve Katani’s challenges.

     One of the many subjects on the web site was for girls who wanted to be entrepreneurs. I was honored to be the guest entrepreneur to answer questions and encourage girls on their ideas. It was always fun to learn the types of businesses the girls wanted to start. The ideas ranged from dog walking to making jewelry. Many of the tween girls wanted to make and sell cookies and cupcakes for holidays and special occasion. I wrote a three-part series on the steps to start and run a cookie and cupcake business I was very disappointed when I no longer had the time to be the Beacon Street Girls’ guest entrepreneur for the web site.

     American Girl and Beacon Street Girls were created by two women entrepreneurs. Both women wanted to provide young girls and tweens age appropriate dolls, toys, and books available in stores. Pleasant Rowland, founder of the American Girl doll and book series had been an elementary school teacher, author of text books and the publisher of Children’s Magazine Guide. Addie Swartz, founder of Beacon Street Girls is still considered a serial entrepreneur. Addie began her first business at age 12 in her family’s kitchen. “Addie’s Apple Pies” were sold in three restaurants in her hometown. As an adult Addie had a successful career in the corporate world. She loved being an entrepreneur though. When Addie left the corporate world she founded BrightIdeas, an educational software company she ran from a spare bedroom. After Addie sold BrightIdeas she began B*Tween Productions for the Beacon Street Girls. Her current business is reacHIRE.

     We plan to highlight Pleasant Rowland and Addie Swartz in upcoming blog posts. In the meantime, what companies do you know that are encouraging young girls and tweens to become entrepreneurs? Do you know of any books or videos? We would love to learn about them. Aside from giving you a list as resources we might possibly include them in a blog posts. Please let us know.

 I almost forgot. What do you and your friends use for social media these days? Is it Instagram,Twitter, or Facebook? How much do you use YouTube? Do you watch Shark Tank if you are in the U.S.? Do you watch Dragon’s Den if you are in Canada? Would you watch a teen entrepreneur reality show like Shark Tank?



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March 30, 2015

Is Fashion Your Passion? Do You Want To Be a Fashion Industry Entrepreneur?

     For those of you with a vision to become a young female entrepreneur with your own fashion design business, Independent Means Inc. (IMI) may have just the right summer program for you. Think about three days in New York City exploring the fashion district (also known as the garment district). June 25-27, 2015 (Thursday afternoon –Saturday morning). The program is called Fashion & Finance. You and your mentor will get to participate in learning sessions about the business of fashion including personal and business finance along with investing.

     Personally I would love to meet some of the fashion industry’s most interesting fashion entrepreneurs and stylists. Tours of designer studios should be one of the highlights of the three days. I can just imagine how cool it would be to have a studio tour with Tommy Hilfiger. Of course the studio tours will include some of American’s most innovative designers.

     I love the idea of lunch with fashion writers. One of my favorite journalist and fashion business expert is Teri Agins. I met Teri in New York City when I worked with young, progressive fashion designers. At the time Teri wrote on fashion as a business for The Wall Street Journal. I learned so much from her about the fashion industry and the best way to work with fashion editors, journalists, and reporters. She was and still is one of the most honest fashion experts you will meet. Teri is The Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) senior writer on fashion and retail. She has also written for magazines like Vogue and Essence. If you get a chance be sure to check out her weekly WSJ column “Ask Teri.” Teri is also the author of The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed Fashion Forever.

      Rather than telling you more about the Fashion & Finance summer program, go to http://www.independentmeans.com/fashion-finance.

      If anyone attends, be sure to let the Girl’s CEO Connection know about your experience. Perhaps you will want to write a blog post about what you learned and how it impacted your vision. Contact me at sylvia@girlsceoconnection and in the subject line put Fashion & Finance follow-up

     We look forward to hearing from you. 

     Sylvia Scott, Founder, Girl’s CEO Connection



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LeanGap Summer Entrepreneurship Program

LeanGap is an intensive 6-week summer program that empowers high school students to build their own startups. LeanGap helps students develop their ideas from concept to successful launch. The LeanGap curriculum moves fast—fostering essential entrepreneurial traits—hacking, hustling, and designing. The team believes in young people, their ideas and capabilities.

High school students from all over the U.S. and countries like Japan, India, and Saudi Arabia are attending. This is an opportunity for future young female entrepreneurs to learn from some of the best business minds with companies such as Microsoft and Indiegogo. Professors from top schools like Babson College, Harvard University, MIT and Rhode Island School of Design will contribute their entrepreneur expertise.

There will be social enterprise-focused curriculum for students interested in becoming change makers for their communities and on globally.

Merit and need-based scholarships are available. As an exercise in entrepreneurship, the LeanGap team will help interested applicants launch crowd-funding campaigns to fund their tuition.

To learn more about the curriculum and team as well as submit an application go to https://leangap.com/.

Right now 25% of the enrollment is young women. Isn’t time for enrollment to be 50% female? Why not help make it happen?

Application deadline is April 1 2015.

December 7, 2014

Christmas and Hanukkah are right around the corner. Have you thought about what you would like to help make your business or future business a success? Here are a few ideas to give your family, friends, and all the other people who support you as a young entrepreneur.

For aspiring or emerging young female entrepreneurs 

Carol Topp CPA founder of Micro Business for Teens and host of the Dollars and Sense Show podcast has some creative gift ideas:

  • White board and dry erase markers for brainstorming your ideas
  • Books written by Carol on the blog Micro Businesses for Teens:http://microbusinessforteens.com/products/
    1. Starting a Micro Business
    2. Running a Micro Business
    3. Money and Taxes in a Micro Business
    4. Micro Business for Teens Workbook
    5. Carol’s book Teens and Taxes: http://teensandtaxes.com
  • Consultation with an accountant. To get started set up a session with Carol. You can contact Carol through her business website Carol Topp CPA http://caroltoppcpa.com/contact-us/

For young female entrepreneurs already in business 

Check out more of Carol’s gift ideas on the Micro Business for Teens website (http://microbusinessforteens.com/blog-2/).

We would like to suggest:

  • Subscriptions to Inc. and Entrepreneur magazines
  • A subscription to Evernote https://evernote.com
  • A motivational poster or framed desktop print from Successories http://www.successories.com
  • Hire a professional headshot photographer. One or two headshots are good to have ready when journalists and editors want to write a story on young entrepreneurs.
  • Two well-written bios prepared by a writer who knows how to highlight young entrepreneurs


Marketing gifts for emerging entrepreneurs and those already in business 

Carol suggestions include:

  • Logo design
  • Business cards, banners, brochures, posters, postcards, etc. VistaPrint.com is Carol’s favorite.
  • Website hosting and domain name

To expand on Carol’s list we would like to include:

  • Business card holders
  • Office supplies of all types from post it notes to printer paper and ink
  • A hardcover classic notebook to record ideas, contacts, and resources. Maybe a second notebook to use as a personal journal to record successes, steps used to overcome challenges,and fears that need to be faced.

Gifts ideas for young female entrepreneurs at any stage of business

  • A one-on-one conversation by video chat or in person with a favorite female entrepreneur. The video conversations we have on our Girl’s CEO Connection YouTube channel are through Skype because most of the teens and entrepreneurs had Skype.For one-on-one conversations that are not being recorded any of the other video chat systems would work. Just be sure the entrepreneur who agrees with the conversation is comfortable using the suggested system.
  • Sam Horn’s book, POP! Create the Perfect Pitch, Title, and Tagline for Anything. This is an excellent gift full of practical ideas to get you, your business, ideas, or just about anything to get the positive recognition deserved.
  • Nancy Duarte’s book, Resonate, Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences. There will be a time when a young entrepreneur needs to make a visual presentation to sell and excite an audience about her business. Resonate is more than a Power Point or Keynote slide show. It is a guide for a story-based message found to be the best way to get people excited about a business, especially for young entrepreneurs. Teenage girls already have the skills to tell stories. Resonate is a way for them to make their stories visible and relate them to their potential or current businesses.
  • Donna Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends and Influence People for Teen Girls. An entrepreneur at any stage of business needs friends to celebrate successes and give support when adversity comes along. Entrepreneurs want to cause a positive change through their businesses for their customers or causes.
  • Twyla Tharp’s book, The Creative Habit, Learn It and Use It for Life. Creativity is not just for artists, musicians, dancers, or performers. Creativity is for entrepreneurs who want to solve a problem or come up with a new way to make a difference. The Creative Habit is a guide on how daily routines and everything someone experiences feeds into their creativity to make it a habit.I read the book and learned so many tricks to open my mind to creative ways of thinking I had never considered. I also marked important ideas in it I can review even today.

If you have additional ideas on gifts for young female entrepreneurs please send them to us and we’ll add them into a new blog post. You can reach us at girlsceoconnect@icloud.com.


Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah everyone!

Sylvia Scott

Founder, Girl’s CEO Connection










November 28th Unknown

SHOP Your Favorite Small Businesses Saturday November 29th 2014

       We love Small Business Saturday!!! Every year we find the best deals and really special items in downtown Redlands, California. It is not a large downtown for sure-probably 10 square blocks. However it has some fun and very unique clothing stores and a fantastic consignment gallery. What is wonderful every Saturday is their farmer’s market held in a large parking lot in downtown.  I’ll be you will also find some great items in your local small business shops this Saturday.  Be sure to visit one of your local restaurants for lunch or dinner. They will appreciate you for a long time I guarantee it.


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