Interested in hosting a Young Enterprising Women Mentoring Forum event in your city?
Enterprising Women
Interested in hosting a Young Enterprising Women Mentoring Forum event in your city?
Enterprising Women
Hosting a Young Enterprising Women Mentoring Forum event in your city is easy to do!
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Our team at our North Carolina headquarters will work closely with you to help assure the success of your local event.

We Recommend
that you ask a small group of others in your network to assist you. Having a small committee of four or five volunteers is always better than doing this solo. Your impact will be greater and the work can be easily divided into four or five manageable tasks.

It is helpful to have someone on your team who can make contact with your high school administration to determine the best high school/s in your area to participate in this program. You will need to work with the school to determine a date and time that works best on the school’s calendar—avoiding testing days, vacation times and teacher workdays, etc. We normally recommend hosting it as an after-school event, but some schools are concerned about students who need to use after school transportation provided by the school and prefer to have the program hosted during normal school hours.  We suggest scheduling two hours for the program.

Fundraising
Another member of your team can be charged with spearheading fundraising for your event. You are not required to raise funds, but if you wish to select students for our scholarship program so that they may attend the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Conference and the accompanying program we have developed for students who attend, we ask that you raise $2,500 per student and set a goal of sending at least one and preferably two students from each city. Some cities have sent as many as four students to the conference.


Some cities have sent as many as four students to the conference.

This amount will cover the student and her parent or guardian’s airfare, hotel, conference registration fees, meals, and transportation from the airport to the conference hotel and back. Each student will also receive a $100 gift card to cover incidental expenses traveling to and from the conference. We encourage event chairs to raise funds to send two girls per city to the conference if possible. In some cities, local event chairs have one or two local companies willing to sponsor at the $2,500 level and this makes the fundraising easier. In other cities, many women entrepreneurs in the community will step up and provide $250, $500 or $1,000 donations to help underwrite the scholarships. We can create a donation page for your event so that promotions are linked to this page and funds are earmarked for your event. This streamlines collecting donations and we handle the paperwork and receipts on our end.

STEM
Most event chairs work with a small network of outstanding women business owners from the community that represent the STEM fields to provide speakers for the event. One team member might spearhead this effort or the group can work together to identify 6-8 speakers for a panel representing IT, engineering, medicine or health science, and other fields that will be of interest to the young women who attend the program. We like to see a diversity of fields represented and diversity among the panelists.

After the panel shares knowledge about their field and you open it up to the young women for questions, your panelists can each join a table in the room for the small group mentoring component of the program.

High Achieving Girls
When working with your local high school, we suggest you ask the school administrator, counselor or STEM contact at the school (sometimes a math or science instructor) to identify high achieving girls in math, science or technology who would most benefit from this program. We suggest you target a minimum of 30 girls from each high school. At some events, the school has opened it up to all girls from a particular grade level who are interested in attending and we have hosted events with 80-100 girls.


At some events, the school has opened it up to all girls from a particular grade level who are interested in attending and we have hosted events with 80-100 girls.

You may also wish to ask your school contact about inviting a second or third high school to participate. Select the school best able to host (based on location and willingness to take the lead) and ask them to reach out to their counterparts at other schools. This may mean that the students will start the program in the school auditorium, library or all-purpose room to hear and engage in the panel discussion and then move to an area with small tables to accommodate the mentoring session (media rooms or libraries are often a good choice).

Save the Date
Our headquarters team can produce a Save the Date announcement for you once your date and location are confirmed and can set up a donation page on our website. We are also happy to have a Foundation representative on your initial organizing call to help the group understand the program better and share best practices from other events that have been hosted across the U.S. and Canada.

If you are interested in learning more about hosting an event in your city, please email Monica Smiley at info@enterprisingwomen.com to request a time for a call or submit the form below with your contact information.  Thank you for your interest!
Hosting a Young Enterprising Women Mentoring Forum event in your city is easy to do!
Enterprising Women
Enterprising Women
Enterprising Women
Enterprising Women
Enterprising Women
Enterprising Women
Enterprising Women

Our team at our North Carolina headquarters will work closely with you to help assure the success of your local event.

We Recommend
that you ask a small group of others in your network to assist you. Having a small committee of four or five volunteers is always better than doing this solo. Your impact will be greater and the work can be easily divided into four or five manageable tasks.

It is helpful to have someone on your team who can make contact with your high school administration to determine the best high school/s in your area to participate in this program. You will need to work with the school to determine a date and time that works best on the school’s calendar—avoiding testing days, vacation times and teacher workdays, etc. We normally recommend hosting it as an after-school event, but some schools are concerned about students who need to use after school transportation provided by the school and prefer to have the program hosted during normal school hours.  We suggest scheduling two hours for the program.

Fundraising
Another member of your team can be charged with spearheading fundraising for your event. You are not required to raise funds, but if you wish to select students for our scholarship program so that they may attend the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Conference and the accompanying program we have developed for students who attend, we ask that you raise $2,500 per student and set a goal of sending at least one and preferably two students from each city. Some cities have sent as many as four students to the conference.


Some cities have sent as many as four students to the conference.

This amount will cover the student and her parent or guardian’s airfare, hotel, conference registration fees, meals, and transportation from the airport to the conference hotel and back. Each student will also receive a $100 gift card to cover incidental expenses traveling to and from the conference. We encourage event chairs to raise funds to send two girls per city to the conference if possible. In some cities, local event chairs have one or two local companies willing to sponsor at the $2,500 level and this makes the fundraising easier. In other cities, many women entrepreneurs in the community will step up and provide $250, $500 or $1,000 donations to help underwrite the scholarships. We can create a donation page for your event so that promotions are linked to this page and funds are earmarked for your event. This streamlines collecting donations and we handle the paperwork and receipts on our end.

STEM
Most event chairs work with a small network of outstanding women business owners from the community that represent the STEM fields to provide speakers for the event. One team member might spearhead this effort or the group can work together to identify 6-8 speakers for a panel representing IT, engineering, medicine or health science, and other fields that will be of interest to the young women who attend the program. We like to see a diversity of fields represented and diversity among the panelists.

After the panel shares knowledge about their field and you open it up to the young women for questions, your panelists can each join a table in the room for the small group mentoring component of the program.

High Achieving Girls
When working with your local high school, we suggest you ask the school administrator, counselor or STEM contact at the school (sometimes a math or science instructor) to identify high achieving girls in math, science or technology who would most benefit from this program. We suggest you target a minimum of 30 girls from each high school. At some events, the school has opened it up to all girls from a particular grade level who are interested in attending and we have hosted events with 80-100 girls.


At some events, the school has opened it up to all girls from a particular grade level who are interested in attending and we have hosted events with 80-100 girls.

You may also wish to ask your school contact about inviting a second or third high school to participate. Select the school best able to host (based on location and willingness to take the lead) and ask them to reach out to their counterparts at other schools. This may mean that the students will start the program in the school auditorium, library or all-purpose room to hear and engage in the panel discussion and then move to an area with small tables to accommodate the mentoring session (media rooms or libraries are often a good choice).

Save the Date
Our headquarters team can produce a Save the Date announcement for you once your date and location are confirmed and can set up a donation page on our website. We are also happy to have a Foundation representative on your initial organizing call to help the group understand the program better and share best practices from other events that have been hosted across the U.S. and Canada.

If you are interested in learning more about hosting an event in your city, please email Monica Smiley at info@enterprisingwomen.com to request a time for a call or submit the form below with your contact information.  Thank you for your interest!
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The Enterprising Women Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization and sister organization of Enterprising Women magazine, is hosting a series of mentoring events around the U.S. to connect outstanding high school girls with an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) with outstanding women entrepreneurs in their local community.

"For so long, women were taught that bossy was a bad thing, when it’s actually leadership. Having this
experience to not only be encouraged to be the leader and be the boss, but to see it done in a forum that’s
only women is so powerful for my young ladies. I am so impressed with the diversity of the Enterprising
Women. Every single one of my young ladies can see themselves in the entrepreneurs. The varied backgrounds
helps them know you can be in biotech, or the sciences, or engineering, and be an entrepreneur."

NANCY CATRELL
Science Teacher, WISE Director, Apex Friendship High School

"Many of the girls in the program come from economically distressed areas and they do not typically have this kind
of opportunity. To expose them to a day of mentoring and STEM activities is a very big opportunity for them."

PURBA MAJUMDER
President, Cybervation

"No one ever talked to these girls about, “How can you grow? How can you make a difference for yourself?"

SHARON HADARY
President, Sharon Hadary & Co.

"This conference definitely had a big impact on me personally and what I would do with the rest of my time in
high school. It helped put me on the map and get myself known to the other individuals in the community."

ISHIKA MUJAMDER
Computer Science Student, University of Michigan

"It’s mentoring. It’s sponsoring. It’s offering internships. It’s the scholarships. It’s the online counseling.
It’s not only helping us as individuals, but by providing the kinds of resources and our sisterhood
that allows us to use our contacts to help others."

EDIE FRASER
CEO, Women Business Collaborative

"The Enterprising Women program is so incredibly important to me. I know what it means to grow up in a
food desert community and to not grow up in my own home. Having real live mentors as I was growing up would
have been extraordinary. This is a program that is going to get our girls to the next level."

SHARON REYNOLDS
President & CEO, DevMar Products, LLC