Xelerate COO, Kelly Jensen, recently accepted a Board Position on the Greater Philadelphia Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs (GPFWE); a 501c(3) non-profit organization formed in 2009 by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) to provide educational, leadership and research opportunities for both emerging and established women entrepreneurs. The GPFWE fosters a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation by developing programs that have a transformational impact on the community.
Last year, the GPFWE introduced the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) to the Philadelphia Region. YEA! is a year-long program that grants middle and high school students the opportunity to learn how to establish and run their own businesses. Over the last nine years, YEA! has graduated 1394 students nationally who have created over 1000 businesses. YEA! is currently looking for students, investors and supporters for the 2015 class.
ATHENA PowerLink, another well-known program among the GPFWE community, links women business owners with a panel of advisors who address their specific needs. Panel members meet with each business owner for a full year at no charge to help fulfill business objects specific to her company.
With regard to the foundation Jensen says, “I am excited to serve the entrepreneurs in our community as a Board Member of the GPFWE. This foundation serves as a platform for entrepreneurs at all levels who may not have otherwise had the opportunity.”
GPFWE goes above and beyond its mission by continuing to seek opportunities to increase women-owned businesses in the Greater Philadelphia Region, create new jobs and promote an enthusiasm for entrepreneurship.
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