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Measuring the impact of girls

Girls in the online program met in the third week and pitched their business ideas.

Girls With Impact, a Darien-based nonprofit launched by Jennifer Openshaw, whose business career included being founder and CEO of the Women’s Financial Network, senior vice president of corporate marketing at JPMorgan Chase, CEO of the Family Financial Network and more, has released initial results of a tech-enabled program.

The results show that 100 percent of the girls who participated feel more career-ready and nearly 90 percent feel greater confidence in their ability to differentiate themselves in college applications as a result of Girls With Impact’s 12-week, online, “mini-MBA” program.

Volunteer instructors offer their lessons through live online coursework and the students are encouraged to identify issues or areas where existing voids could be filled with new solutions.

“It’s amazing to see how these girls are being empowered to learn, build and connect – even from across the country – without the costs or hassles of traditional education,” said Openshaw. 

Girls from more than 20 schools in five states  – Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland and California – participated. 

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