Sometimes,when you're working your way to the top,it can feel like you don't have a spare second to do anything but focus on your own career—much less help someone else get to whereshewants to be.Or,you might be interested in mentoring less-experienced colleagues or interns,but think,I'm still making my way,so what could they possibly learn from me right now?Here's the thing though: You really can help,no matter where you are in your career.Mentoring,sharing advice,or just keeping an open door and ear for other women at work not only benefits the women you're helping,it benefitsyou.How?Well,while your mentee is quickly soaking upjob lessonsit took you years to learn,you're getting some fresh perspective and gaining key management skills.In other words,it's pretty much a win-win.
Sadly,we're not always the best at helping each other get ahead,mostly due tofears about being compared to other women,according to a report inTime.ButSophia Amoruso,CEO and founder ofNasty Galand author of the best-selling book#GIRLBOSS,is over all that (andintoboosting other women),so she's announced theGIRLBOSS Foundationwith the goal of inspiring women to take their careers into their own hands.
The GIRLBOSS Foundation will award $500 to $15,000 grants quarterly to women with creative projects.(That could be you!) Fall submissions are now being accepted until November 31,and winners will be selected by Sophia and select members of the Nasty Gal staff.Apply atgirlboss.com,but first read an exclusive first peek at Sophia's letter about the project below!
So by now you've read all about The GIRLBOSS Foundation and our mission to empower the next generation of female entrepreneurs within the creative community (if not,the full 411 is overhere).With any luck,you're pretty excited.Hopefully you're already buzzing with all sorts of awesome ideas.Maybe you're thinking it sounds a bit too good to be true,and you want to make sure the whole thing isn't an elaborate Internet scam.
First off,I can assure you it isn't.I really do want to provide the cash and support you need to bring your wildest creative dreams to life.The GIRLBOSS Foundation is a totally logical progression from #GIRLBOSS the book: I never wanted #GIRLBOSS to be a straight-up business book—I saw it more like a gateway drug to the business section of the bookstore—and I hope the Foundation will provide a similar entry point to the big,bad (in a good way) world of business itself.
I'm aware that it can be hard to take that first step on your own.As much as I admire people who know exactly what they want from an early age,like "I'm going to college;I'm going to be a businessperson," that was never me,and I know I'm not alone.I took a lot of wrong turns on my path to success,but those same wrong turns often led to little revelations that added up to big discoveries.Like,who knew I had a head for business?I sure as hell didn't!But it was a pretty awesome surprise.It's really cool when you can surprise yourself with talents that you didn't know you had,and I want to help bring that to other people.
You have to have a certain amount of business acumen to be successful in whatever you want to do,and the GIRLBOSS Foundation is all about encouraging creative girls (that's you) to learn more about business,be excited about it,and pay attention to that side of their work.I think we really are building a framework for young women to become successful entrepreneurs.#GIRLBOSS the book talked the talk,and now the Foundation is showing you how to walk the walk—and do it in heels.