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, Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California held the first Realizing a Vision conference. 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. These girls were then given the opportunity for one-on-one conversations with the speakers. 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. Because of this, Sylvia and the team decided 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. The one observation William Damon made was that their group 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 Girls’ C.E.O. Connection.™ because interest in the organization had increased. Therefore, a website was needed rather than a blog. The video interviews were to continue while the podcast channel, Enterprising Young Females went into the planning stage for 2016 and 2017. The 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. In late 2017, Girls’ C.E.O. Connection.™ will launch a formal mentor program to continue showing young women entrepreneurial pathways and how to expand their potential. Therefore, 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.”