So why do we exist and WHAT problem are we solving?
We all know we need more women and girls in the startup 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 doing 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 girls with enterprising skill-sets, tech-sets and mindsets in leadership and innovation, we can fuel the pipeline where it starts.
Our first girledworld Big Ideas Leadership Summit was held at the University of Melbourne's Wade Institute on Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25 2017 to extraordinary reception and was supported by both State and Federal governments and attended by hundreds of girls from more than 50 schools across Australia.
And in June this year 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.
Our next step is scale.
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 Q4 2018.
Our mission is to scale our reach to every one of the 1.5 million teenage girls in Australian secondary schools by Q2 2019 (ABS, 2010), and from there, reach girls across the globe so we build a new normal for a brave new world.