Australia needs to build a future workforce that is enterprising, innovative and skilled at problem solving.
To do this, the full talents of the population need to be harnessed.
This includes women and girls who are currently significantly under-represented across the board in government, academia, corporate, STEM and startup sectors. (If you want to deep-dive the stats to see just how far we haven't come - go here.
(Warning: It's a little depressing :)
But if you want to take action and change a generation, then join us as we work toward our mission of building the next wave of female founders and leaders in this country.
We collaborate with schools, startups and corporates to equip girls in Years 7-12 in Australian secondary schools with entrepreneurial, enterprising and leadership mindsets and skill-sets so by the time they begin tertiary and workplace pathways, they are ready to step up, lean in and succeed.
Our girledworld theory of change is that through strategic intervention at critical life cycle touch-points in girls’ educational journeys, girledworld can at a broad social level change behaviour, push through the invisible political, economic and cultural barriers and biases that prevent diversity and inclusion and gender equity, and activate, educate and cultivate the next generation of female leaders, innovators, STEM trailblazers and entrepreneurs.
girledworld also believes the time and opportunity is now to harness the society-wide recognition that diversity matters, biases must be overcome, and that gender equity and parity can be addressed if we cultivate the ecosystem and feed the pipeline from the bottom up.
We thank all who have collaborated, conversed and connected with us thus far to make this possible.
girledworld is an edtech startup building the next innovation generation of female leaders, founders and STEM champions.
We do this by delivering hands on educational experiential workshops, APAC summits where we connect girls with outstanding role models and get them immersed in skill building for their futures, and through our global Future Of Work digital learning/goal setting platform which we are currently in the build phase of.
We are committed to using research-backed, experiential learning opportunities on and offline to empower, educate and equip secondary school girls with enterprise skillsets and access to amazing founders and leaders so they see clear career pathways to STEM, startups and stepping up.
We believe the next Gen need to be cultivated where the pipeline starts. Because we know that for Australia’s innovation ecosystem to reach its full potential, we need to talk less and do more, so today's girls can lean in, step up and do stuff to make tomorrow's mark.
What we do know is that girls can’t be what they can’t see.
So we make role models visible, are building a powerful global mentor pipeline, and equipping girls with the right toolkits, collaboration mindsets and enterprise skillsets to thrive.
2017 was a big year. We delivered the girledworld Big Ideas Leadership Summit in June at the University of Melbourne endorsed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Australian Federal Government, the Hon. Philip Dalidakis Victorian State Government, and supported by LaunchVic and StartupVic alongside our Diversity Partner Airbnb.
In June 2018 year we saw lives change and skills build for 700 girls at the girledworld WOW Summit 2018 at RMIT University.
And 2019 has already seen us deliver WOW Summits In NSW (University of Sydney), Geelong (Victorian State Government and City of Greater Geelong), plus deliver Future of Work masterclasses to schools across Australia, plus projects, collaborations and keynotes on the gender gap, 21st Century Skills, entrepreneurship and innovation.
Now we're thinking bigger, and have been stealthily developing a digital WOW (Future of Work) careers gateway working with a global portfolio of diversity-first businesses and startups, so we can scale our reach and impact to students across the world. Watch this space for beta release July 2019.
Our mission is to reach millions of students so we cultivate and transform the next Gen of leaders, entrepreneurs and STEM champions, fuel innovation, build diversity and unleash potential.