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Let’s Hear It For The Girls (of Northeast Ohio)

I firmly believe that our future rests in our young women. As Melinda Gates said,

“When you lift up women, you lift up humanity.”

The John Carroll University entrepreneurship team are bringing together 1,000 high school girls for the 2019 Dare to Dream Retreat to invest in our future.

The Retreat will take place on November 18, 2019 at the Ohio Theatre from 8am-2pm, and I invite you to engage in any of the following ways:

  1. We need mentors/guides for each small group of girls — the guide would sit with a group of 6–10 girls throughout the day, and help them stay engaged and work through a series of activities to develop their idea, practice vulnerability, and set small goals to move closer to their dream becoming a reality. Mentors guides can be you (women), your female employees, or any professional women in your network.

  2. Donate, grab a sponsor opportunity, or purchase an ad in our program — $500 for a 1/2 page ad or $1,000 for a full page ad in the workbooks that each of the 1,000 girls will work through during the day and take home to family after the event. We are working hard to keep this opportunity free for all 1,000 girls who attend, so we very much appreciate your support.

  3. Stop by anytime during the day to see what we are up to.

This has quickly become the signature event for our women’s entrepreneurship program at John Carroll University. It is our chance to show young women around Northeast Ohio that we are their advocates, that we believe in them, that they can Dream Big, and that they can achieve their goals.

During the day, the young women will be guided by a variety of amazing women, including three-time Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas, through powerful activities to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Gain exposure to a realistic overview of entrepreneurship & college life

  • Increase confidence in her ability to execute on her goals

  • Practice creative thinking strategies

  • Develop enhanced leadership and teamwork skills

  • Build supportive relationships with strong female role models and peers

  • Plan concrete steps to further an entrepreneurial idea

Each girl will arrive with an idea in her head that seems a little scary to her, and will leave with the confidence and a few small steps to start moving toward making that idea a reality.

Please join us if you can to support these young women and our efforts to make a difference in their lives.

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