our startup self™ Program

Our flagship StartUp Self™ program takes participants step-by-step through the process of planning a socially responsible small business or social-profit enterprise. Building on the fundamentals of financial literacy, we cover the practical aspects of business, offer girls the opportunity to take ownership over their ideas, and empower them to take initiative.

StartUp Self™ workshops explore how individuals and organizations of all kinds must set goals, generate revenue, and allocate resources to meet those goals. This exposes girls to the rationale for developing businesses, voting, investing, and consuming based on their values.  Girls are also encouraged to embrace the underlying importance of financial models before jumping into the 'creative' side of brand marketing. A strong emphasis is placed on the many pathways to funding new ventures.

This interactive program incorporates a variety of technology-based tools and is designed to improve girls' digital literacy.


how it works

The StartUp Self™ Workshop is based on six flexible modules.  These can be delivered over six-2 hour sessions or compressed into a 2-day workshop format. We work primarily with girls in grades 7-10, but can include girls up to grade 12 depending on the program delivery format. Our flagship StartUp Self™ workshops are based on our proprietary curriculum, and feature a number of opportunities for creative collaboration. Currently, sessions are facilitated by our founder Katharine Cornfield, supported by a network of impressive women mentors at all stages of their careers. With a workshop maximum of 20, the participant to mentor ratio is typically 4-1. 


Whenever possible we offer tuition-based workshops open to the public. Typically, these StartUp Self™ sessions take place over 2 days during the summer.  We also work hard to make our programs accessible, so contact us to learn more about scholarships for these open sessions.

sponsored workshops

If your business or organization is  keen to support a new generation of emerging female leaders, consider full sponsorship of a private or application-based ambiSHEous™ workshop. We'll work with you to identify and recruit a targeted audience of girls and together, we'll enable their participation for free.  Contact us to discuss the costs and benefits of investing in the economic, social, and political empowerment of girls.


We are happy to collaborate with like-minded organizations to create fee-based custom programming. From co-curricular school-based sessions to specialized delivery to sports teams we'll work with you to accommodate your schedule, integrate our content and support the leadership development of your specific group of girls. If you're interested in hosting, let's talk.



Founder Katharine Cornfield continues to connect with and mentor ambiSHEous™ alumni following their participation in our programs.  Most have expressed a genuine desire for more programming to support them as they apply their learning, navigate high school, and explore their futures.  In response, Katharine is developing a second workshop designed exclusively for ambiSHEous™ alumni.  Stay tuned for more news on this soon.   


2019 programs

Keep your eyes peeled for news of our 2019 programs! 

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