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We’re in the process of designing a full-fledge website. The blog content will be moving into it. Right now we’re deleting content that is no longer relevant. On our new site there will be more video interviews, event videos, podcasts, and on demand webinars. You’ll really love how easy it will be to use crammed back with information perfect for the readers.Option3_C Girls C.E.O.

The new banner for our website is the design of Mahalia Evans, a senior at Colorado University, Boulder. You’re getting a view of the banner before anyone else.

Mahalia is also a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. I was very happy to have her as the designer as I am alum of Tri Delta.  I’d like to thank my niece Amilyn Scott along with Alexandra Hoang’s sisters Crystal and Grace with Mahalia’s sisters for helping us with the design and colors. It’s perfect to have high school girls as judges for our projects.

Mahalia is also going to be the book cover designer for our forthcoming book, Realizing a Vision, Your Toolkit for Success. Words of Wisdom for Young Female Entrepreneurs.  

If you have ideas for young female entrepreneurs to be interviewed for our podcasts please email me at We want young women with established business that can be a non-profit, online, or brick and mortar.  The business can be a service or product based. Our first two podcasts are with Julienne Weston, founder and fashion designer for WestonWear in San Francisco and Catherine Cook, Co-founder and Vice President Brand Strategy of MeetMe. CatherineCookHeadshot







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April 14, 2016


The Girl’s CEO Connection is dedicated to motivating, engaging, and equipping high school girls as entrepreneurs. At the end of February we posted the first list. All of the books we list were chosen for girls creating entrepreneurial enterprises. The list continues to be edited for all of you in high school. There are some for college women who are entrepreneurs or those on a journey to start one.

This second group of books are from accomplished female entrepreneurs, women-owned business owners, and women who have studied why these women are successful.

Biz Dev Done Right by Caryn Kopp

Etiquette in Minutes Gives You the Self-Confidence and Savvy Know-How You’ve Always Wanted by Syndi Seid

Executive Presence by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

How Women Lead: The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know by Sharon Hadry and Laura Henderson

How the World Sees You by Sally Hogshead

Mary Kay: The Success Story of America’s Most Dynamic Businesswoman By Mary Kay (Ash) along with all other books authored Mary Kay Ash, the founder of Mary Kay cosmetics.

Ready to be a Thought Leader: How to Increase Your Influence, Impact, and Success by Denise Brousseau

Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business by Barbara Corcoran

The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar

Think Like ShEO by Vickie Saunders and M.J. Ryan

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

#Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso

If you have any suggestions for young female entrepreneurs (high school and college) please email suggestions to or add them to the comment section here. Being a female entrepreneur is not the same as having a career in the corporate world.

Cheers and until next time,



Co-author forthcoming book: Realizing a Vision, Your Toolkit for Success. Words of Wisdom for Young Female Entrepreneurs 

Phone: 949-400-6936



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March, 2016


The Girl’s CEO Connection is dedicated to motivating high school girls as entrepreneurs. Earlier this month I asked people in my LinkedIn groups the books they would suggest for young female entrepreneurs. They could also include books for aspiring ones. The list has been edited for all of you in high school. Some of them would be good for college women also. These books are totally for entrepreneurs and not for girls interested in the corporate world.

There are a little over 53 books so there will be two or three posts. The first group of books are from some of our Advisory Council members and friends. The authors are Rieva Lesonsky, Susan Solovic, Sandy Abrams, Cary J. Broussard, and Carol Frohlinger.

Young Millionaires: Inspiring Stories to Ignite Your Entrepreneurial Dreams by Rieva Lesonsky

Get Smart 365 Tips to Boost Your Entrepreneurial IQ by Rieva Lesonsky

The Era of the Entrepreneur, Advice, Insight and Inspiration by Susan Wilson Solovic

The Girls’ Guide to Building a Million-Dollar Business by Susan Wilson Solovic

It’s Your BIZ, The Complete Guide to Becoming Your Own Boss by Susan Wilson Solovic

Your Idea, Inc. by Sandy Abrams

The Shadow Negotiation: How Women Can Master the Hidden Agendas That Determine Bargaining Success by Deborah M. Kolb Ph.D., Carol Frohlinger JD, and Judith Williams Ph.D.

Her Place at the Table: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success by Deborah M. Kolb Ph.D., Carol Frohlinger JD, and Judith Williams

From Cinderella to CEO, How to Master the 10 Lessons of Fairy Tales to Transform Your Work Life by Cary J. Broussard

If you have any suggestions please email suggestions to or add them to the comment section here.

Cheers and until next time,


Co-author forthcoming book: Realizing a Vision, Your Toolkit for Success. Words of Wisdom for Young Female Entrepreneurs 

Phone: 949-400-6936



Twitter: @GirlsCEOConnect






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.) Treat everyone with respect. Many 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

Until next time have a great day,



Sylvia Scott, Founder, Girl’s CEO Connection™


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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.

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.

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?



Co-author of the forthcoming book Realizing a Vision,The Toolkit for Success. Words of Wisdom for Young Female Entrepreneurs

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Latina Entrepreneur Nely Galan’s Advice to Future Female Entrepreneurs 

     Female entrepreneurs make the best role models for young girls interested in taking an idea and turning it into a viable enterprise. High school girls usually have a difficult time finding accomplished women entrepreneurs, of any age, to serve as a role model or mentors. These female entrepreneurs are definitely out there yet are not as self-promotional as their male peers.The Girl’s CEO Connection wants to see high school girls become more visible in their entrepreneurial journeys.

Ladies, it is time to meet some great women role models like Nely Galan.I doubt  she has ever had a challenge with self-promotion. Nely is one of the most accomplished and visible Latina entrepreneurs. She is the founder of The Adelante Movement and Galan Entertainment. Her favorite project is Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence and a favorite with Donald Trump when she appeared on the Celebrity Apprentice. Girl’s CEO Connection was privileged to have Nely as a keynote speaker for the first Realizing a Vision conference. Her dynamic personality added the story of her entrepreneur journey. When I watched Nely’s presentation from the conference I decided to share it with you.

Images for Hispanic magazine of Nely GalanCheck it out on our Role Model Entrepreneurs page. Learn how selling Avon products while in high school at a private girl’s school in New Jersey got her on the road of being an entrepreneur. What high school girl would not want to be an intern for Seventeen Magazine? Listen to Nely tell her story of how she got an internship with Seventeen Magazine for her senior year of high school. That is another reason I see her as one of the best role models for young female entrepreneurs.

 This leads to my next section on this blog post. The book I have been writing for months now is on the second draft. The topics of the chapters are always part of our Realizing a Vision conference.Today I want to share with you some tidbits from the chapter, Minding Yourself. How to keep emotions under control as well as how you can transform business and personal relationships by not making assumptions  I am going to share with you some tidbits of the chapter on the Realizing a Vision, The Book page.

      Right now I would like to thank the young women who served on our Young Women’s Advisory Council for their support of the book and taking the time to critique the chapters. Nashley Ruiz (University of San Francisco ’13), Alexander Hoang (University of California Berkeley ’17), Kelly Trinh (University of California Berkeley ’17), and Ana Rivas (Pasadena City College ’14).

      If you would like to provide some input on a For any high school girl or college woman who would like to help with reviewing some chapters please contact me at The girls who work on it will receive name recognition in the book as well as including a headshot. I am also adding it to social media sites.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Sylvia Scott, Founder


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June 25, 2014

 Young Women Entrepreneurs With a Good Attitude Make for a Recipe of Success

Our August 25 2012 and September 6 2012 posts, Your Attitude Impacts How You Operate Your Business are from the first draft of my book Realizing a Vision.

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to two of our Girls’ C.E.O.Connection. Alexandra Hoang and Kelly Trinh just completed their freshman year at University of California Berkeley. They had reviewed the recent draft of the book. Part of our conversation was about the attitude chapter. We decided to delete the chapter and include the most important points into another chapter.

A “good attitude” will take you much further in changing the outlook of your situation(s).

In my experience high school girls have a tough time developing and keeping a good attitude. Creating a business while in high school takes a good attitude no matter what happens There is competition for group acceptance and everyday interactions. Losing a boyfriend, a class election, and dealing with a difficult teacher can drag any girl down.

I wish I had known in high school about the four steps I am going to share with you. Using them would have helped me on the path towards a positive attitude. I would have gone ahead and started the business I envisioned. The steps would have helped me manage a lot of negative events and people in high school.

 Four steps to a good attitude that will impact how you start and operate your business 

  • A grateful attitude. In every event whether it is good or bad there is a lesson to be learned. The people I know with a grateful attitude keep their minds free of negativity. They are clear to find opportunities to change the situation, alleviate it for the future, or accept it and move on to keep going.
  • Exercise. There are a ton of good reasons to exercise. Physical activities that require concentration will keep the mind off negative situations. For some of you exercise will be in your after school team sports. If you do not like team sports,  swimming, dancing and gymnastics may be perfect for you. Outdoor activities like downhill skiing, ice-skating, tennis, and golf are always great to clear the mind of junk. Most important are the exercises that require focus. They usually move you into a better frame of mind because you are getting your head clear.
  • “Fake it till you make it “ or “act as if.” In other words, smile and act as if you are on the upside rather than the downside. When you fake it till you make it you may find you feel better about yourself and the circumstances. It will also give other people the impression you are not bothered about the problem. You may become a role model for a future young female entrepreneur. Consider how you feel when you smile rather than when you have a scowl on your face.
  • Surround yourself with positive people and avoid the toxic ones. This is not as easy as it sounds. When a teacher, classmate, or relative creates a toxic environment it may not be possible to cut the person out of your life. One way to handle someone’s toxic attitude is not to take anything personal. Make sure you have plenty of time away from them.  Spend as much time as possible with positive people. You will want to spend time with young female entrepreneurs.  They will want to see your business vision come to fruition. More experienced ones may want to mentor you. They will understand the challenges of being a young entrepreneur in high school.

Only you know how much your attitude is worth. You want to be the one to define your life. I encourage you to make these four steps a habit.

If you are a high school entrepreneur we would love for you to share with us how a good attitude has made a difference for you. Perhaps your attitude was not positive and you learned from it. We would love to hear from you as well.

Look forward to hearing from you.


Sylvia R.J. Scott


Girls’ C.E.O. Connection™



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Female Entrepreneurs Come From Diverse Backgrounds with Very Diverse Business Visions-Part 2

Continuing with our celebration of  International Women’s Day 2014 we are highlighting Karen Jashinsky, founder and chief fitness director of O2MAX in Santa Monica, California female.  Karen’s mission is to revolutionize the way students experience fitness.

K J Physical

I have known Karen for many years and love her entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to a healthy lifestyle and teenage girls and college women. The Girl’s CEO Connection™ is proud to have Karen on the Advisory Board and a presenter for our Realizing a Vision Conference.  Her commitment to physical fitness for both a strong body and mind fits right into the Girl’s CEO Connection™. To be equipped as a young entrepreneur being fit and healthy is key. After all it is more difficult to stay focused on your studies and business when you are tired and too stressed out to think clearly.  In fact Karen’s tips are included in my new book, Realizing a Vision.

Karen’s business is very different than other physical fitness programs

Karen’s innovative approach to fitness is designed for young people whether a high school student, college student, or a young working professional. She takes an entrepreneurial approach with all her clients-students and adults and has a passion for helping people fit fitness into their busy schedules so they can reach their goals and maximize their lifestyles.

 O2 MAX creates a lifestyle-friendly fitness solution that is adaptable and completely personalized. It offers options a focus on important milestone events in people’s lives, like a prom, wedding, or a trip to the beach. Workout schedules are adapted based on work and school schedules as well as stress and sleep schedules to promote maximum accountability and performance.  Read more

To learn why we consider Karen Jashinky a role model for entrepreneurs please read more on the Role Model Entrepreneur Page



Sylvia Scott, Founder, Girls’ C.E.O. Connection


Twitter: @GirlsCEOConnect


March 4, 2013

Female Entrepreneurs Come From Diverse Backgrounds with Very Diverse Business Visions

Moving forward this week to celebrate  International Women’s Day on March 8th, each post will highlight one female entrepreneur.  The entrepreneurs will be as diverse as the problems their businesses solve.  There will be young women who began their businesses in high school, others during college, or as young adults. There may be the seasoned and veteran entrepreneur who launched a business out of a financial concerns for her family.  There may also be the woman entrepreneur who was tired of making money for someone else and knew she had the solution to a problem she wanted to tackle. 

Let’s begin with a high school sophomore who combined science, financial literacy, and business courses to create a social business.  Hayley Hoverter, founder of Sweet (dis) Solve is now 18 years old and a freshman at Dartmouth College, a private Ivy League research university located in Hanover, New Hampshire.

I met Hayley by phone when she was  going to be one of the discussion leaders for our 2013 Realizing a Vision Conference. Rather than re-create Hayley Hoverter’s bio for you, here it is in her own words.

“I am a social entrepreneur and graduated in May 2013 from Downtown Magnets High School in Downtown Los Angeles.”

Hayley Hoverter Headshot

In October of 2011, I placed first at the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE’s) National Challenge with my business plan for Sweet (dis)SOLVE, LLC, a sales and marketing business for the world’s first ever patent-pending, ecologically conscious dissolvable sugar packets. I started the business when I was 15 years old to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from paper waste. My idea stemmed from watching my mother dispose of paper sugar packet “carcasses” when she used to bring me into her work at a Starbucks in San Francisco, California.  I was six years old. (Click hear to continue on the Role Model Entrepreneur Page).

Cheers and see you tonight (March 4, 2013) when we highlight Karen Jashinsky, founder of O2 MAX (Fitness)

Sylvia Scott, Founder, Girl’s CEO Connection

Co-author of the forthcoming booRealizing a Vision,The Toolkit for Success. Words of Wisdom for Young Female Entrepreneurs


Twitter: @GirlsCEOConnect


October 9,2015

Reverse the Course on a Path To Educate 100 Girls in Africa.

Reverse the Course

Teen social entrepreneur Mary Grace Henry, founder of Reverse the Course, has a goal to educate 100 girls in Africa. Mary Grace designs and produces unique hair accessories including reversible headbands.  Mary Grace began her journey as a girl entrepreneur at the age of 12. Mary Grace is now a freshman at Notre Dame University. Mary Grace’s direction for Reverse the Course has made it possible for 66 girls in Africa to receive an education. She now has an additional goal to develop entrepreneurial programming for the girls she has provided an education. Even with a high school education it is difficult for the girls to get jobs. Mary Grace knows that financial literacy and entrepreneurial skill sets will be valuable tools for our students.

You can also learn more about Mary Grace, Reverse the Course products and how to order on the Reverse the Course website.  If you are in a sorority be sure to contact Mary Grace about the Trunk Show in a Box program.  There are specialized designs for each sorority. By the way, Mary Grace has college girls as interns on summer break.  This is a great way to expand on ideas to develop products for a new market.

One more bit of news about Mary Grace.  She was the Girl Rising Ambassador for the Second Annual International Day of the Girl.  As the Ambassador Mary Grace represented Girl Rising at the “Erasing Barriers for Girl’s Education” Forum sponsored by UNICEF. The event was held on October 11, 2013, the official date of the International Day of the Girl.  You can learn more about what it was like for Mary Grace in her blog post for Girl Rising (click on here).

Sylvia R.J. Scott, Founder of Girl’s CEO Connection

Co-Author of the forthcoming book Realizing a Vision, Your Toolkit for Success. Wisdom for Young Female Entrepreneurs.