So by now you've read all about The GIRLBOSS Foundation and our mission to empower the next generation of female entrepreneurs within the creative community (if not, the full 411 is over here). With any luck, you're pretty excited. Hopefully you're already buzzing with all sorts of awesome ideas. Maybe you're thinking it sounds a bit too good to be true, and you want to make sure the whole thing isn't an elaborate Internet scam.
First off, I can assure you it isn't. I really do want to provide the cash and support you need to bring your wildest creative dreams to life. The GIRLBOSS Foundation is a totally logical progression from #GIRLBOSS the book: I never wanted #GIRLBOSS to be a straight-up business book—I saw it more like a gateway drug to the business section of the bookstore—and I hope the Foundation will provide a similar entry point to the big, bad (in a good way) world of business itself.
I'm aware that it can be hard to take that first step on your own. As much as I admire people who know exactly what they want from an early age, like "I'm going to college; I'm going to be a businessperson," that was never me, and I know I'm not alone. I took a lot of wrong turns on my path to success, but those same wrong turns often led to little revelations that added up to big discoveries. Like, who knew I had a head for business? I sure as hell didn't! But it was a pretty awesome surprise. It's really cool when you can surprise yourself with talents that you didn't know you had, and I want to help bring that to other people.
You have to have a certain amount of business acumen to be successful in whatever you want to do, and the GIRLBOSS Foundation is all about encouraging creative girls (that's you) to learn more about business, be excited about it, and pay attention to that side of their work. I think we really are building a framework for young women to become successful entrepreneurs. #GIRLBOSS the book talked the talk, and now the Foundation is showing you how to walk the walk—and do it in heels.
And as for what I'm looking for from submissions? Well, surprise me! I'm just sitting here, wearing socks and waiting for someone to come along and knock them off (actually, I'm never just sitting here, but you get the point!). I'd like to see an example of what you actually want to do. Get creative—whether that means building a website, or a blog, or a cool object. I like weird stuff, and you have unlimited tools at your disposable to make something that tells your story in a really unusual way. And #GIRLBOSS, you can totally do it.
I can't wait to see what you've got!