The ProgramThe event program provides a highly interactive environment. The format includes a panel discussion featuring successful women entrepreneurs and partners with diverse backgrounds sharing their stories and answering questions from the high school girls. Following the panel discussion, most events will feature roundtable mentorship discussions in small groups with the high school girls seated at tables based on their interest areas (for example, girls interested in technology would be seated with women entrepreneurs with technology expertise).
The girls should come prepared with questions to ask about career choices, entrepreneurship, leadership, or related issues.
• Criteria for the selection of girls to attend the event
o Demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship, and/or
o Strong interest in one of the STEM fields
o Demonstrated leadership potential
• One adult representing the partner organization is also invited to attend and accompany the girls from their organization or school.
Two girls from each event will receive a scholarship to include air fare, hotel, meals and incidentals for themselves and one parent or adult chaperone to attend the 2016 Enterprising Women Conference in Miami, Florida on February 28 – March 1, 2016.
The girls will have an opportunity to meet highly successful women entrepreneurs and leaders from around the world and will participate in a program developed specifically for them that includes inspiring speakers, the opportunity to meet in one-on-one mentorship sessions targeted to their areas of interest, ask questions of women business owners and leaders, and participate in special workshops.
Each organization is invited to submit nominations for the top two girls they would like to be considered for this scholarship opportunity. A panel of women entrepreneurs from their community will make the final recommendation on the scholarship recipients and winners will be notified by the first week in January. For events held in the fall of 2015, scholarship winners will be announced at the local events.
Criteria for nominating candidates for the scholarship program
• The nominee has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in leadership and/or entrepreneurship or a STEM-based program.
• The nominee has demonstrated high interest in learning and personal growth
The nomination form is available on the Enterprising Women Foundation Website. Nominees will be provided with a local contact and deadline date to return the nomination form by email.
The EWF has embarked on a major initiative to connect high school girls with outstanding women entrepreneurs in their communities to educate, inspire, and mentor them on entrepreneurship, with a special emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) opportunities.
The Foundation has a five-year goal to host mentorship events in 100 U.S. cities over the next five years.