So why do we exist and WHAT problem are we solving?
BECAUSE We all know we need more women and girls in the startup, STEM and broader business ecosystem.
Diversity drives innovation, unlocks market growth and it is proven that companies with diverse workforces out-innovate and out-perform others. (Plus they're usually voted as the best places to work :) #justsaying
So what we're focussing on is building the next generation of female leaders and founders by empowering, educating and inspiring Australian girls in years 7-12 through interactive events, direct mentoring and a digital education portal.
Because we believe if we can equip today’s girls with enterprising skillsets, future facing techsets and entrepreneurial mindsets, we can get them ready for tomorrow.
BUT WHAT ABOUT BOYS?
So we get it. Boys need to upskill for their futures, too.
While our focus is squarely on the problems we set out to solve for girls, we know some other AMAZING organisations who work with boys. We firmly believe that programs which empower boys and young men are hugely important and are best led by those who identify as men. One of our faves is The Man Cave, who’s programs focus on the successful development of adolescent boys and young men by addressing the specific experiences and pressures faced by the majority of boys and young men in Australia. You can reach out to them here.
WHAT HAVE WE GOT IN THE PIPELINE?
Our first girledworld Big Ideas Leadership Summit was held at the University of Melbourne's Wade Institute in June 2017 to extraordinary reception, was supported by both State and Federal governments and attended by hundreds of girls from more than 50 schools across Australia.
In June 2018 we saw young minds ignited, skills built and hundreds of girls open their frame of reference for what's possible for their future careers at the girledworld WOW Summit 2018 in partnership with RMIT University, and supported by the Victorian State Government, MYOB, City of Melbourne and Unisuper.
And this year we will activate World of Work Summits in partnership with the University of Sydney (NSW February 2019), Victorian State Government and Geelong Football Club (May 2019), Los Angeles, USA (June 2019) and Melbourne (October 2019), and will deliver Future of Work seminars, incursions, presentations and workshops to 1000’s of students in schools across Australia.
Our next step is scaling.
We have been deep in research and development of a World of Work platform in collaboration with our advisory committee, education experts and corporate partners, and look forward to going into beta with this in late 2019.
Our mission is to scale our reach to every one of the 1.5 million teenage girls in Australian secondary schools (ABS, 2010), and from there, reach students across the globe so we build a new normal for a brave new world.