JA Inspires the Next Generation of Female Entrepreneurs

November of 2017 was a month for celebration as Junior Achievement (JA) provided life-changing experiences for young women as part of National Entrepreneurship Month.

In Austin, Texas, Bertha Sadler Means Young Women's Leadership Academy hosted JA It's My Business! for their eighth graders in which students learn how to develop a business startup from the ideation to the prototyping, as well as how to pitch their new business to potential funders.

It was here that young female students were able to work alongside accomplished professional women in order to perfect their presentations to prepare for a pitch competition at the E2 Intensive, an ongoing special program in which young women in the Austin area gain entrepreneurial experience while networking with successful and diverse professional women.

Some of the women who volunteered to mentor the young women included Sylvia Cento, Senior Program Manager of RetailMeNot; Adrianna Cantu, Co-Founder & CEO of Revealix; Caroline Reaves-Powers, Office Manager of Carol Dochen Realtors Inc. and Ashley Reed, a Junior Achievement of Central Texas board member and the Director of Talent and HR at Bulldog Solutions.

From the JA It's My Business! lesson preparation, participating students were able to identify their own entrepreneurial traits, build entrepreneurial experience and align themselves with accomplished professional female role-models.

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