In the beginning of December 13 young ambitious girls participated in the first seminar of the “GirlBoss” series.

GirlBoss is an educational program for female leadership, specially designed for young ladies aged 18-35 years. The organizers and lecturers are members of two NGOs - the Association of Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs and Bulgarian children foundation.

The 2-days seminar had 2 locations. On Saturday, the girls, most of them still students, were invited to the cozy little space of “Stolichna” library - brunch “Studentski grad”. There the participants got to know each other in a creative space with beanbags and rounded tables. The day started with an inspirational story from Sasha Bezuhanova - a senior executive, angel investor and philanthropist with a 20-years executive business career in HP and a multi-dimensional track record of service to society. Her long list of business achievements and social development engagements throughout the years, including positioning Bulgaria as an ICT center of global significance, boosting the entrepreneurial culture and women empowerment in her home country Bulgaria and at European level, showed the girls a strong example of female leadership.

The whole day was devoted to self-esteem, mind maps, leadership and presentation skills. The girls explored through a role-play the leadership styles and learned how to boost their self esteem. To keep them on the top levels of the Maslow pyramid, we ordered some yummy pizza, sweets and drinks. They also received as gifts subscription cards for all the branches of “Stolichna” library and some of the girls didn`t wait to ask for some books to bring home.

Sunday was the “business” day, full of practical advice on communication, time management, effectiveness and money management. The girls also had to develop a business idea in a very intensive workshop and they received useful feedback from the lecturers and guest leaders. The second part of the seminar was held in Puzl CowOrKing space - the Central European Startup Awards winner in the category “best coworking of the region”. The girls enjoyed a tour of the coworking and became a part of the professional shooting of pictures and 360 of the space - #GirlBossAreAlreadyStars!

“In the end of the day, the seminar finished late - but nevertheless the girls wouldn`t go home. I saw sparks in their eyes and everybody wanted to talk more. I saw inspiration, partnerships and even some friendships starting to form - right there, few steps before the door that no one was urgent to go through. I hope that this spark will last in their hearts and will lead them to great things!”
Yuliya Ivanova, ABLE

All the participants were invited to receive their certificates of completion and library subscription cards on Wednesday, 20 December at 19:30h. In “Cinema house” (Dom na kinoto) ul. "Ekzarh Yosif" 37. They had the chance to watch and discuss videos on “Create the movie of your life” from Yasen Nikolov, Bulgarian children foundation and “Body language”. The girls shared their motivation, the lessons learned and their business ideas.

GirlBoss will continue in 2018 with several short seminars, 2 full weekend courses and in April - GirlBoss LEVEL 2 - for ladies with some experience in female leadership. All the information about the future opportunities will be available in the pages of StartUp Navigator and Bulgarian children foundation. Stay tuned!