5th Annual Girls Going PlacesŪ Entrepreneurship Conference: Minneapolis Women Business Leaders to Mentor Local Girls in Business and Finance at University of St. Thomas
Minneapolis, MN, February 24, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- More than 130 girls from middle and high schools throughout the Minneapolis area, and over 30 prominent women in business, are expected to attend the fifth annual Girls Going Places® Entrepreneurship Conference presented locally by Foster Klima & Company, LLC and The University of St. Thomas Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. During the conference hosted at The University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis women business owners and executives will mentor girls age 12 through 18 about entrepreneurship and financial independence.
“By providing young women with the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of successful local business women, we hope to ignite their excitement about entrepreneurship and the rewards of business ownership,” said Lacey Zumberge, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Foster Klima & Company. “The entire program of the day is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in finance and business that they may utilize in the future. The day also serves to create a bond between the current women in business leaders who are role models to the next generation of entrepreneurs.”
During the interactive conference, more than 30 local business women will guide the girls through various activities such as "Hot Company®," an entrepreneurial board game that introduces girls to the advantages and challenges of owning one’s own business. They will also team up for an exercise called “Product-in-a-Box®,” in which they will have the opportunity to design a product and present a marketing plan. The mentors will share their experiences as successful women in business.
“My favorite exercise of the program is Budget $avvy®,” said Shirley Poelstra, a teacher at Thomas Edison High School, who has provided the opportunity to participate to her students for all four of the Girls Going Places® Entrepreneurship Conferences. She is involved in other programs dedicated to helping high school students with career planning and professional development. “It helps the girls identify their potential salary, the lifestyle they want to have, and their monthly expenditures. It teaches them the fundamentals of budget planning and provides a ‘reality check’ to make them better prepared to live and be successful on their own.”
In the past four years, over 330 local girls representing 35 Twin Cities Metro-area schools have participated in the Girls Going Places® Entrepreneurship Conference in Minneapolis. Over 115 women in business mentors, committed to increasing girls’ financial and business literacy, have been recruited to donate their time and expertise. “As a company, we focus on providing the environment, system, services and support that help our clients to reach their maximum wealth potential,” says Zumberge, “Girls Going Places is similar to our mission in a sense that it enables young women to set their own financial goals and provides training and support they need to succeed.”
The impact of Girls Going Places in Minneapolis has expanded significantly over the past four years, more than tripling the number of schools and girls participating in the program. This year, a combination of 13 schools and youth programs are participating in the conference, including Eden Prairie High School, Eagan High School, Fred Moore Middle School, Andover High School Anoka Middle School, Anoka Senior High School, Chanhassen Senior High School, Chaska Senior High School, Coon Rapids Senior High School, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, St. Louis Park Senior High School, Thomas Edison High School, , and Girls Inc. at the YWCA of Minneapolis.
“With more than 30 % of firms in the Minneapolis area owned by women, Foster Klima is committed to ensuring that young women are aware of the benefits of business ownership,” said Zumberge. (Bureau, 2013)
The Girls Going Places’ event in Minneapolis is made possible through the partnership of Foster Klima & Company, LLC and the University of St. Thomas - Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. To register or learn more about this event, please visit www.fosterklima.com/girlsgoingplaces.
About Foster Klima & Company, LLC.
For well more than a century, Foster Klima & Company, LLC has been committed to building client relationships that stand the test of time. Based in Minneapolis, with regional offices in Minneapolis, Fargo, and Rochester, our mission is to focus on creating the maximum wealth possible according to our client’s potential. The strength and endurance of our client relationships is the foundation of our success and this has guided us through the century. Listen. Understand. Advise.
For more information about Foster Klima & Company, LLC, please visit www.fosterklima.com.