The Why Behind Serving As A Young Woman Ambassador
What is your why for anything you do? By now people have asked you more than once “what is your why?” It’s not an unusual question to ask. People simply want to know why you want to do something or why you want to accomplish something. SOooooo why do girls want to serve as a Young Woman Ambassador? It’s a question we’ve asked the girls on their applications for a few years. We’ll share the ones since 2020 because there isn’t enough time to include all of them since 2009.
Chloe Mann and Maile McManus, Northfield High School, Denver CO
Chloe Mann, a junior at Northfield High in Denver, CO responded to the question this way: “The young women of Girls’ C.E.O. Connection have collaborated to cultivate a community of motivated young women, working together to create a world where they have the tools and knowledge to be self-sufficient and successful. My passion for entrepreneurship, natural leadership skills, and excitement to learn from and teach other other women makes me thrilled about the opportunity to work alongside accomplished women.”
Maile McManus, a classmate at Northfield High owns two small businesses. She began at the first one in 2018. She was 11 years old. Her recent business was in 2022. Maile’s “why?” comes from a love to empower and support other women and girls as entrepreneurs. “Serving as a Young Woman Ambassador” would be an incredible opportunity to make a meaningful impact in my community and would allow me to use my platform and voice to help encourage and support others to follow their dreams. Through my own experiences as an entrepreneur, I learned from others so that I would gain knowledge and skills that helped me become successful.” While she says she has more to learn, Maile wants to share her experiences with others to help them overcome or avoid obstacles and achieve their goals.
Stella Kaye, Denver East High School, Denver CO
Stella Kaye, is a junior at Denver East High. During her sophomore year, Stella became one of our Young Women Ambassadors. Stella expressed on her application she would have: “the opportunity to meet driven, creative, and successful women from across the world. “It will also give me the opportunity to learn from women who have made a name for themselves and develop an understanding of their work ethics and business models.”
Addilae Carmichael, Loyola Marymount University ’26, Denver East High School ’22
Addilae Carmichael attends Loyola Marymount University and will graduate in 2026. She attended East High School and became a Girls’ C.E.O. Connection Young Woman Ambassador in 10th grade. Addilae was an all around advisor through out her high school years. She also interviewed entrepreneurs, created the collage on our website’s front page, and introduced us to Stella Kaye.
Addilae’s reason for serving was as follows: “In all aspects of the word, an entrepreneur is someone who seeks to pave their own way and take control of their future on their own terms. Personally, I am not positive what direction I will go in my later career, but learning tools of a successful entrepreneur is applicable for whatever endeavor I choose to go into. I am extremely interested in developing my personal brand and through this developing a stronger sense of self acquisition. I am interested in developing more meaningful connections with those around me and creating lasting relationships with organizations that empower me and my brand. Through this incredible organization, I would be excited to both grow as a person and entrepreneur. I am excited to share some of my ideas and insight with others.”
Solana Blakely, Loyola Marymount University ’27, George Washington High School ’23, Denver CO
Solana Blakely will enter Loyola Marymount University the fall semester of 2024. She became a Young Woman Ambassador her senior year of high school in 2022. Solana learned about the Girls’ C.E.O.Connection through her friend Stella Kaye. Both girls are dancers and attend classes at the Cherry Creek Dance in Denver. Solana’s why for becoming one of our ambassadors: because it would help her and other girls like her “gain the the confidence and knowledge to thrive as leaders in entrepreneurship and beyond.” Solana recruited two of her classmates to volunteer with her for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Colorado. It was held at University of Colorado, Denver in January 2023. Solana and her friend were a tremendous volunteers and excellent role models for the other high school girls attending.