The following is a republished press release from Girls Mean Business and NOT written by the Ithaca Voice … click here to submit community announcements directly to The Voice, or contact reporter Mike Smith at msmith@ithacavoice.com.

ITHACA, NY ­­– Do you have a teenage girl who is a born leader? A new series of programs in Ithaca may be a great opportunity for her.

Girls Mean Business will host eight workshops starting Sunday, September 18 at the Tompkins County Public Library. Workshops will be from 3­ – 5 p.m. each Sunday, and participants are encouraged to attend all eight sessions.

Each session will include activities and discussions on a variety of topics, including idea generation, business development, marketing, and more. Past speakers at GMB’s events include prominent local female entrepreneurs, Cornell students who have started their own successful businesses, and Cornell faculty.

Girls Mean Business is an organization devoted to encouraging and developing the next generation of female entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Currently, women are drastically underrepresented in major leadership roles. They hold 16.9 percent of Fortune 500 board seats and account for only 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. Founder Beverly Wallenstein is a recent Cornell University alum with a passion for reducing a wage gap through inspiring the next generation of female businesspeople.

Girls or their parents can find out more and register at http://www.girlsmeanbiz.com/#!eight­week­evening­program/vevjl.

There are need­-based scholarships available.

Jennifer Wholey

Jennifer Wholey is a feature writer and Head of Dining Partnerships for the Ithaca Voice. Contact her at jwholey@ithacavoice.com.