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Maguire Empowerment Program for Women Leaders

As higher-education institutions like Drexel strive to build future entrepreneurs, imagine what could happen if we focused our efforts on developing entrepreneurial talents in young women?

The Maguire Empowerment Program for Women Leaders is centered on enabling young women to become entrepreneurs; developing an innovative approach to life, career, and profession; and fostering that approach as one rooted in self-confidence and resilience. The program focuses on the core foundation of the Close School: that we develop the entrepreneur (the "person") as well as teach entrepreneurship (the "process").

The Maguire Empowerment Program is open to junior and senior undergraduate women university-wide and by application only. The application is available here.

Application deadline is March 2, 2018.

Students chosen for the Maguire Program will participate in a 2-credit accelerated course, offered in the 1st half of the spring quarter (Apr 2 – May 2, 2018 on MW 6:00-8:50 pm).

Students in the program will participate in 5 weeks of leadership-development and entrepreneurship training. The dual-pronged program will integrate leadership and entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship prong: The program will focus on particular topics in the "Lean Start Up" process, including the target customer, value proposition, and other key elements. Students will have the opportunity to identify a venture or problem and work toward a solution in the form of a venture or product.

Leadership prong: "The Resilience Group," experienced leadership coaches, will provide 6 hours of group training which teaches skills for "positive inner-coaching™." The techniques are designed to replace the ‘inner critic’ with skills to counteract negative thinking. This approach is particularly well suited for women, who are typically more critical of themselves than men, which inhibits them from taking risks, making decisions, and demonstrating inherent leadership skills.

Finally, starting a network is key to career success. Each Maguire Program student will receive a 1-year membership ($225 value) to the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs, a premier regional association that provides women entrepreneurs access to educational and networking events.

Questions? Please contact Gina Waters: