WHAT WE DO
Girls With Ideas is a social good company that teaches girls how to be confident, creative leaders by empowering them to dream up ideas and make them happen.
HOW WE DO IT
We sell our Girls With Ideas curriculum to individuals and organizations that work with girls ages 9-13. Teachers, psychologists, counselors, principals, summer camps, Girl Scout Troops, after-school programs, church/religious teen groups, and women's mentoring groups find our curriculum as the perfect resource to provide meaningful and fun activities for the girls in their life.
We speak at schools, conferences, and organizations for women and girls! We offer keynote presentations as well as fun, interactive workshops!
We are building corporate partnerships to work with companies who want to be part of the solution of closing the gender leadership gap. These companies recognize that they need to start building a pipeline of women leadership for their organization and that starts when girls are in middle school.
We are piloting research to establish ourselves as the gold standard for resources and solutions on girls' confidence and leadership. If you would like to learn more about our research on girls leadership, contact us using the link below.
WHY WE DO IT
We know that middle school is a difficult time for everyone, particularly for girls.
In fact, a girl’s confidence peaks at only 9-years-old and from there it plummets.
She would rather not try than fail, and she struggles to find the balance between being kind and standing up for herself. It becomes difficult for her to find her voice and share her ideas.
Fast forward to later in life and women share the same struggles in their careers.
In a women's leadership study conducted by KPMG, 6 in 10 women reported that they aspire to senior leadership roles in their companies or organizations; 6 in 10 women also reported that it was hard to see themselves as leaders. The study found that confidence, again, was a key factor in taking that next step to leadership.
This impact is huge. Research has consistently shown that businesses are more profitable and communities physically, mentally and economically healthier when women are in senior leadership positions.
Yet, when it comes to setting agendas, influencing public discourse and making decisions, women are underrepresented in leadership roles across industries, from business and politics to directing academic research and serving on editorial boards in news publications.
So how does this connect back to the 9-year-old girl? Women who were encouraged to be leaders growing up are more likely to aspire to senior leadership roles in their careers.
What happens to girls during this critical stage of development, shapes their future abilities as leaders.
In the spring of 2015, Dr. Allison Poss was working as a school psychologist and wanted to start a girls leadership group to improve school culture. She was frustrated when she could not find a fun, modern leadership curriculum to use.
So, she wrote one.
Dr. Poss is a creativity researcher with a doctorate in leadership studies. Determined to make a program that would teach essential life skills, she developed a program to empower and teach girls how to be creative, confident leaders.
She asked the girls to come up with an idea that would help improve their community. They brainstormed an idea, made an action plan, delegated roles, raised money, and put in the work to make their idea a reality.
After hearing about the project, parents, teachers, and school psychologists asked Dr. Poss how they could teach girls these skills, too. She decided to share the lessons she wrote with others.
She called her friends Britney and Angie to make it even better and Girls With Ideas was born.