Girl’s C.E.O. Connection Founder
Greetings, I am Sylvia Scott, Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of the Girl’s C.E.O. Connection.™ My passion is to guide high school girls to build bright and fulfilling self-sufficient futures as entrepreneurs. I want to see independent thinking cultivated within a global community of young female entrepreneurs. My goal for the Girl’s C.E.O. Connection™ is to become a global organization of young female entrepreneurs. I plan for it to reach a membership of 2000+ high school girls worldwide by 2023. One of my favorite activities is to chat with the young women who have helped build Girl’s C.E.O. Connection™ and contributed to Realizing a Vision, Your Toolkit for Success.
I’ve lived all over the United States, from California to Massachusetts and have had three very diverse businesses prior to the Girl’s C.E.O. Connection.™ My careers have been in retail (skiwear, fashion apparel, and natural food), public relations, writing, and nonprofit management including grant writing, fundraising events, and financial development. Planning special events and conferences is my favorite career choice prior to working full-time with entrepreneurs. I designed the Realizing a Vision Conferences after a national conference series created in New York City. Managing those conferences opened the doors for introductions to accomplished women entrepreneurs across the country. That was when I became passionate about high school girls becoming entrepreneurs.
In 2005 I was accepted to the M.B.A. program at Babson College in Wellesley Massachusetts. I attended evening classes and worked full-time for the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) in Boston. For CWE and the Girl Scout Patriot’s Trail Council I created and coordinated ‘Your Money, Your Power’ financial literacy and entrepreneurship summit. Boston area teen girls were introduced to the power of being an entrepreneur and managing money efficiently. A couple of years later Guardian Life Insurance Company’s director for its Girls Going Places® initiative asked me to write a guide for teenage girls and money. Portions of How To Be Young, Fabulous, and Rich came from information shared at the ‘Your Money, Your Power’ summit.
A Passion for Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide
I left CWE and Babson to help my elderly mother in Southern California in 2007. The move led me to the Inland Empire Women’s Business Center (IEWBC). I advised small business owners in Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear City, and the Inland Empire on marketing practices. That was the beginning of a relationship that’s lasted over 10 years. Since the pandemic began I have worked remotely as a workshop leader and business counselor for the Coachella Valley Women’s Business Center (CVWBC).
Judging the yearly Stevie Awards Women In Business competition is an opportunity to learn about women entrepreneurs globally. Even though memberships in the Female Entrepreneur Association (FEA) and Innovation Women are online, I’ve made some good friends and business contacts. I like the fact that members are very open to supporting each other.
I strong believe mentoring and coaching is a key to success for women and girls. I’ve mentored women entrepreneurs and several college women. Between 2016 and 2020 I was an e-mentor for female Afghan entrepreneurs with IEEW’s Peace Through Business® Program. One of the best times I had as a mentor was hosting an Afghan entrepreneur in my Colorado home. The last night of her trip she wanted to see the movie Wonder Woman. Not only did she want to see it, she loved it!!
I am the Colorado Ambassador for WED/Women’s® Entrepreneurship Day. Their 2021 fundraising goal is for 1000 women in Afghanistan have their own money using crypto currency.
2019 DataBird Business Journal included me as one of its 250 Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs.
Being A Natural Connector
Connecting people comes naturally for me. In Kim Chandler McDonald’s book Flat World Navigation, Collaboration and Networking in the Global Digital Economy, I share the tools and techniques of successful flat world navigation. Being a guest on WomensRadio with Pat Lynch and Nan McKay Connects Peace Through Business® podcast is a result of connections. Pat Lynch and I met when I worked in New York City. I was conference manager for a nationwide women’s leadership conference series. I met Nan McKay as a volunteer mentor for the Peace Through Business® Program.
Over the years I have served on advisory boards for various youth organizations. As a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority I like to connect with collegiate members for interns and special projects. When I worked for CWE in Boston several Boston University members were interns and volunteers for the gala benefit dinner. Members from California State University Long Beach worked on the Realizing a Vision Conference in Long Beach. As a member of the Colorado University Boulder Theta Beta House Corp. I had the opportunity to get to know the young women and become involved in the chapter. Five members interned for the Girl’s C.E.O. Connection and made great contributions to the business.
Realizing A Vision, Your Toolkit For Success.Words Of Wisdom For Young Female Entrepreneurs
Realizing A Vision, Your Toolkit For Success.Words Of Wisdom For Young Female Entrepreneurs is scheduled for release in March, 2022. This book is based on topics covered in the Realizing a Vision Conferences and includes stories and advice from accomplished female entrepreneurs.
“The light that Sylvia Scott shines in the lives of young women helps them to become capable, confident members of the global community and inspires them to create their own unique futures.” Judy Rose