Sylvia Scott is the Founder & CEO of Girls’ C.E.O. Connection™ (Girls Creating Enterprising Organizations). Because Sylvia is driven by a passion to help high school girls build brighter futures, she is committed to bringing them opportunities to cultivate entrepreneurship. Sylvia’s colleagues consider her a natural connector. She uses her skill to connect girls with accomplished women entrepreneurs who engage them in developing entrepreneurial skills.
Sylvia Scott is a long-time advocate for women entrepreneurs. Her passion began with her dream to start her own fashion apparel boutique. She attended Oklahoma State University to major in fashion merchandising. Ultimately, she transferred to the University of Tulsa to major in retail marketing and received a B.S. Business Administration. Later, Sylvia accepted a fellowship to a fashion merchandising and promotion school in New York City and received an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree. To further her education, Sylvia took MBA classes at Babson College that focused on social entrepreneurship.
Over the course of her career, Sylvia worked in public relations, nonprofit management, and special event production. This included producing high-profile fashion events on both coasts and nonprofit fundraising events. Additionally, Sylvia was part of the management team in the launch of the Women’s Leadership Exchange, a national conference series for women with fast-growth companies. For the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) in Boston, Sylvia produced the Your Money, Your Power Mother-Daughter Entrepreneur Summit. It was a unique mother-daughter teen financial literacy-entrepreneurship conference sponsored by the City of Boston.
Sylvia’s work with CWE gave her the opportunity to work closely with female entrepreneurs. She initiated programs to expand their businesses and potential for success. For over 10 years, Sylvia judged business plan competitions in the U.S. and international business pitch competitions. Among these was the semi-final round of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship-Greater Los Angeles youth competition. Even now, Sylvia continues to conduct business plan evaluations for women’s start-up businesses and advanced entrepreneurial training programs.
One of Sylvia’s passions is to help Afghan women to realize their visions for starting and growing businesses. Through her studies and network at Babson College, Sylvia connected with Afghan-American women. She developed long-standing friendships and became involved with social enterprises advocating for the education of women and girls in Afghanistan. Eventually, Sylvia became a mentor for female Afghan entrepreneurs for The Peace Through Business Program under the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women.
While she loved living in San Francisco, New York, and Boston, Sylvia missed living in Colorado. After leaving Colorado for 30 years, Sylvia returned in 2015. There she enjoys time with friends in the mountain towns and hiking with her cocker spaniel, Sadie. Sylvia is also a member of the Theta Beta House Corporation for Colorado University Boulder Delta Delta Delta chapter.
Sylvia is a member of National Association of Women Business Owners and Female Entrepreneurship Association International. She is the Colorado Ambassador for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.
Her book entitled, “Realizing a Vision, Words of Wisdom for Young Female Entrepreneurs” is expected to be released in July 2018.