Boot Camp in Sensible Shoes
This was experiential learning. Not just an afternoon’s discussion: groups had to live with their choices. Hard to build your product? Redesign it. Sales event didn’t draw a crowd? Try somewhere else. Lost the cash box? Search like crazy, or you can’t pay back your investors. A stark contrast with many of the one-session cases I read at Stanford. (“You are the CEO of a major manufacturer...”)
For the fifth year, the program has been run by two women steeped in the Silicon Valley ethos: an engineer and an attorney who have each founded companies. They’ve provided not only a serious hands-on curriculum, but unmistakable role models. The subtext is clear: with or without boys, these girls are getting down to business.
Other local and national programs for girls teaching economic literacy and entrepreneurial skills:
Girls Inc program, She's on The Money.