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Celebrate American Businesswomen’s Day with JA’s Guide to Success

Start your career with JA’s Guide to Success – a free virtual booklet designed to inspire and educate girls on succeeding in the workplace.

Cover of JA's Guide to Success

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Today, Thursday, September 22 is American Businesswomen’s Day. This holiday not only celebrates the successes of American businesswomen, but it also recognizes the progress made towards gender equality in the workforce. While great work has been done to foster gender equality, disparities remain, especially in upper-level leadership roles. According to Catalyst, only 26% of all CEOs and managing directors are women, and women of color have a drastically smaller share of these positions.  

As women continue to push for workforce equality, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania (JA) is dedicated to advocating for the next generation of women business leaders through various initiatives and events. Last spring, JA spearheaded the Empower Her Summit, an interactive and impactful leadership and development workshop that connects high school aged girls with local female business leaders to discover their passions, potential and power.  

The inaugural Empower Her Summit was held at The Award-Winning Pittsburgh Playhouse at Point Park University in May. The participants spent the day listening to keynote speakers, attending skill activation sessions and networking with accomplished businesswomen from various professions across the Pittsburgh area.  

In addition to receiving professional advice, participants also heard general lifestyle advice. Lucia Jacobs, Mrs. Keystone State, and case manager at Latino Community Center, emphasized the importance of taking care of their mental health. 

“When life gets busy and you feel burnt-out, take time for yourself,” Lucia said. “You matter, and the work you’ll be doing matters, but you can’t be the best version of yourself if you aren’t well.” 

Lucia’s advice, along with motivation from other businesswomen, can be found in JA’s Guide to Success – a free virtual booklet designed to inspire and educate girls on succeeding in the workplace. JA's Guide to Success includes descriptions of potential career paths, advice from current local businesswomen, written and video motivation, activities, games, and more. Click here to access our JA’s Guide to Success and start your professional journey today! 

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