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.
From California to Massachusetts
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, special event and conference management and in the nonprofit world. This includes coordinating all types of fundraising events from fashion shows to anniversary celebrations. 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 the Women’s Leadership Exchange conference series. Managing the WLE conferences opened the doors for introductions to accomplished women entrepreneurs across the country.
One of the greatest days of my life was when 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 designed and coordinated ‘Your Money, Your Power’ financial literacy and entrepreneurship summit. It was for middle school and high school girls from Boston and the surrounding areas like, Wellesley and Weston.
I was also co-financial development director for Artists for Humanity Boston. Raising sponsorship funds for this very creative inner city high school arts’n entrepreneurship organization was fantastic.
A Passion for Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide
I left CWE and Babson to help my elderly mother in Southern California. The move led me to launching the Realizing a Vision Conferences with the first one at Vanguard University. While I worked on the growth of the conferences and developing the Girls’ C.E.O. Connection I began writing my book. However it began as a recipe book for businesses high school girls might want to launch. Through a friend in Los Angeles I met the executive director of the Inland Empire Women’s Business Center. From that introduction I began counseling women entrepreneurs with the Inland Empire Women’s Business Center (IEWBC). 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).
Even though membership in the Female Entrepreneur Association (FEA) is online, I am active in it because it has a global reach and members are very open to supporting each other. Meeting and connecting with women business owners globally is one of my personal goals. When I was in the New York City and Los Angeles fashion industries, connecting with young fashion designers in the U.K. and Paris was great fun. I got to speak to the students at Parsons School of Design in France!
2019 DataBird Business Journal included me as one of its 250 Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs.
I have been the Colorado Ambassador for WED/Women’s® Entrepreneurship Day since 2017 and would like to see a statewide summit in November 2022.
Girl’s C.E.O. Connection with Mentoring and Coaching
I believe mentoring and coaching are keys to success for women and girls. Between 2016 and 2020 I e-mentored Afghan women entrepreneurs with IEEW’s Peace Through Business® Program. That was quite a journey working with those ladies. When the Taliban invaded Afghanistan many of them needed to leave Afghanistan. That included one of my mentees. As I write this she is still trying to leave the country and reestablish her life and business. Getting involved in a humanitarian endeavor has been a new road for me to travel and the journey isn’t over yet.
“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