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Entrepreneurship as a Path Towards Personal and Professional Empowerment for Teenage Girls


When: Tuesday, February 9th  at 1 PM (EST) Language: English 

About this webinar: Thinking of entrepreneurs as purely profit-loving beings has kept many educators at bay from introducing entrepreneurship as a viable professional path to youth. Furthermore, it is difficult for the general public to think of local and, even less so, female entrepreneurs who could serve as models for young girls and boys. Studies have shown that women tend to start businesses and develop their own projects less than men do and, often, later than men do. The average age of a woman starting her own business is between 34 and 44 whereas male business owners retire at 47. Taking into consideration all these factors, several Carrefour jeunesse-emploi in Montreal came together with the goal of reaching young girls in order to highlight that entrepreneurship is not just for boys and about making money. It is about knowing what ignites you and pushes you forward so that you have a positive impact on your life and on the world around you. Glambition, from the words glam and ambition, is a day dedicated to showcasing a diversity of entrepreneurial women and their stories of perseverance, self-confidence and collaboration, proving that ambition is glamorous, even though it is not all about popularity and money.

About the presenter: Despina Sourias has over a dozen years of experience working in the field of community development, locally and abroad. The organizations she supports serve mainly multicultural and marginalized populations (specifically racial and ethnic minorities, youth, and women). Her love for empowering others to reach their potential led her to her present position as an Entrepreneurship Awareness and Promotion Officer for the Table des carrefours jeunesse-emploi de l’île de Montréal. She co-founded Glambition Entrepreneurship in this capacity in 2010 as a means to introduce girls to the world of entrepreneurship. The activity has since expanded across the province reaching over 1000 girls since its inception. She’s also passionate about international development and is a board member and President of FEM International.  She brings with her a collaborative leadership style and extensive knowledge in entrepreneurship promotion as well as capacity-building initiatives.


We would like to thank Canadian Heritage for their generous funding. 

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 01:00 to 02:00