MICROSOFT PARTNERS WITH Female-founded startup girledworld TO TAKE the World of Work Summit to the University of Sydney.

A powerful line-up of entrepreneurs, global business leaders and STEM Experts (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and 800 high school girls from across NSW converged for the girledworld WOW (World of Work) Summit in Sydney on Friday February 15 and Saturday February 16, 2019.

The girledworld NSW WOW Summit delivered in partnership with Microsoft (who joined us as an Industry Challenge Partner) and the University of Sydney connected hundreds of Australian high school girls with the business, startup and technology leaders of today to give them the skills, knowledge and confidence they’ll need to make informed choices about their future career and leadership pathways.

Designed to empower, equip and educate the next generation with the skillsets, mindsets and techsets they’ll need to lead, succeed and thrive in ever-changing, technology-dominated 21st century workplaces, the WOW Summit brought together top global speakers (keynotes and virtual sessions) from the world's biggest companies and social mission organisations (Twitter, Airbnb, Atlassian, Microsoft, Virgin Australia, 1 Million Women, Foundation for Young Australians Young Social Pioneers, Women For Election Australia, SheFlies, PwC, UniSuper) plus Australian industry experts and outstanding career mentors to help teenage girls explore the new #worldofwork, and how to plan future career pathways in the entrepreneurship, emerging technology and STEM sectors.

Speakers unpacked the real-world skills they use every day so teenage girls could begin to understand foundational #futureofwork toolkits, and make informed choices about their future tertiary or industry pathways, internship opportunities and broader career employability skills. Watch the event video and read more here.

This event was aligned to the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities, Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies learning areas, and recognises the importance of the development of disciplinary knowledge, real world enterprise skills (critical thinking, problem solving and Design Thinking) and general cross-curriculum capabilities in young people (See below). 

girledworld WOW Summit 2019 streams included World Shaping (Mindsets), Future Facing (Techsets) and Work Ready (Skillsets) and was delivered at the University of Sydney campus across two jam-packed days of interactive learning, Design Thinking problem solving challenges, leadership cultivation, industry mentorship and entrepreneurial skill-building sessions.