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Weeklong program to teach girls about business

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The Garden State Woman Education Foundation will host a Business and Leadership Academy in Florham Park from Aug. 11 through 15 to educate and inform high school girls about the importance of including business courses in their planning for college and a career.

Participants will learn a variety of skills necessary to achieve success, including developing a resume and business cards, effective networking and social media skills, and creating a unique brand.

Judy Chapman, co-founder of Garden State Woman Education Foundation and leader of the Academy, believes that if girls are taught how diversified a career in business can be, they would be more likely to take charge of their own financial futures.

“We educate women and girls on the importance of planning to be financially independent,” Chapman said.

Her co-founder and husband, Jack Killion, a 35-year serial entrepreneur with degrees from Yale and MIT, will help lead the academy, in addition to an array of executive speakers from major corporations, professional firms, charities, businesses and more.

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Chapman also has invited college students studying business and/or economics from Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Tulane, Rutgers and more to assist in helping the high school students navigate college applications and choose courses.

“Our challenge is how do you advise girls today? They’re going to be looking for jobs in 10 years,” Chapman said.

“The business environment is changing so fast, and the way you find a job is not your mother’s way of finding a job.”

Back in May, the Garden State Woman Education Foundation held its first annual conference at Rutgers University Business School in Newark.

Out of 120 participating high school girls, 95 percent indicated they enjoyed the event and found it worthwhile; 100 percent indicated they would recommend future programs to classmates; and 75 percent indicated the conference increased their interest in pursuing a business-oriented college education and career

“Rutgers was looking to attract more girls into their business program, and we were looking to inform and educate them to the fact that everything is business,” Chapman said.

“We’re also trying to raise the idea of entrepreneurship — how you can think like an entrepreneur but still be working in a corporate or professional environment, or start your own career in whatever you fancy.”

For more information on the Business and Leadership Academy in Florham Park, contact Judy Chapman at jchapman@gswoman.com. More information can also be found at www.gswoman.com

Garden State Woman launched in 1998 as a trusted multimedia resource for New Jersey women business owners, professionals and corporate leaders. Under Judy Chapman’s leadership, Garden State Woman expanded into financial and health conferences, networking events, annual financial and health publications, a website and the creation of the Garden State Woman Education Foundation, which has provided college scholarships to high school girls for over eight years.

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