Women Leaders Praise Sisterhood University At GWU This Past Weekend | Business
A pilot program tracking the impact of mentorship on women launched Saturday. Participants from the Mid-West and Mid-Atlantic gathered in Washington, DC at George Washington University School of Business, Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence. The program, called Sisterhood University ™, is the testing ground for research gathered by Kathy Korman Frey's Hot Mommas® Project, an online case study collection of teachable role models and mentors for both women and girls. Frey, founder of The Hot Mommas Project and a George Washington University professor of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program, led the pilot effort.
The goal was to bring together, educate, and connect women leaders in the community and attain measurable results. In a three hour period, the program's staff garnered data about professional women engaging in an intense micro-mentoring environment. According to the program's analysts, those who attended Sisterhood University (or @sis_u on Twitter) experienced measurable increases in their outlook around three core areas: ability to handle professional challenges (or professional self-efficacy); ability to handle personal challenges in general (or personal self-efficacy); and ability to handle specific personal challenges, namely work-life balance.
The results indicate attendees' personal and professional self-efficacy increased by 20%. With respect to work-life balance specifically, the personal self-efficacy of participants increased by 36%.
Attendees were first asked about their starting number of perceived supporters in their networks – both personally and professionally – as well as their future outlook around number of supporters. They experienced the following increases:
- Perceived number of close personal supporters increased 20%
- Perceived number of close professional supporters increased 45%
With the intent to conduct additional pilots across the country, Sisterhood University participants included diverse backgrounds, cultures, and industries. Specific demographic and other data about the pilot group will be released in a later report.
This report was submitted by Jill Foster, principal of LiveYourTalk.com and founding editor of the acclaimed blog community WomenGrowBusiness.com. Named as a Top 30 woman entrepreneur to follow on Twitter by ForbesWoman, she can be reached at Twitter.com/JillFoster.
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