In 2007, Sylvia Scott moved from Boston Massachusetts to Southern California. One of her best friends Rieva Lesonsky, Founder and CEO of GrowBiz® Media had watched Sylvia make money for others while helping them accomplish their visions. She encouraged Sylvia to do something big with her creativity and talents to accomplish her own visions. Sylvia’s “sweet spot,” as Rieva called it, was entrepreneurship and equipping teenage girls with the knowledge and drive to start businesses while in high school.
In 2009, the first Realizing a Vision conference was held at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa California. It was evident from the attendees’ responses there was a need for the Girls’ C.E.O. Connection™ (Girls Creating Enterprising Organizations). Later that year, the second Realizing a Vision conference was held in Long Beach California. The girls were given the opportunity for one-on-one conversations with the speakers, and immediately after that conference, four ninth grade girls and one eighth grader applied to be on the newly formed Girls’ C.E.O. Connection Young Women’s Advisory Team.
The Team wanted to make the Realizing a Vision conference a place to meet like-minded girls with an entrepreneurial spirit. This led Sylvia and the team to video tape interviews of speakers from all the conferences.
In 2010 Sylvia visited Stanford University to look at a possible space for a Realizing a Vision conference. She also met with Stanford professor William Damon, author of The Path to Purpose. Helping Our Children Find Their Calling in Life. His one observation for the group was it needed a mentoring side to make a real difference.
In 2011, Sylvia and her team began interviewing young female entrepreneurs who started businesses in high school or college. The video interviews introduce Gen Z high school girls to the patterns, characteristics and skills accomplished female entrepreneurs attributed to their success.
In 2015, Sylvia Scott decided to restructure the Girls’ C.E.O. Connection.™ Interest in the organization had increased and a website was needed rather than the blog. The video interviews were to continue while the podcast channel, Enterprising Young Females went into the planning stage for 2016 and 2017. Young Women’s Advisory Team was renamed to Ambassadors.
What is in store going forward in 2017? Opportunities will increase to expand avenues for interaction with successful female entrepreneurs who mentor, motivate and represent the global community. A formal mentor program will be launched in late 2017. Young women will continue to be shown entrepreneurial pathways and how to expand their potential. It will continue to provide a culture of support for those young women to apply their creativity and innovation to reach their potentials through entrepreneurship.
– Testimonial –
“Girls’ C.E.O. Connection taught me valuable, lifelong skills that I gained from interviewing amazing women and meeting girls from all across Southern California. It helped me to grow from a young freshman entering high school to now a thriving college student. Being part of Girls’ C.E.O. Connection is an experience I cherish and enjoy each day.”