Startup Stories: Living Vicky

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The best aspects of the Millennial Generation

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Tell us about your entrepreneurial product or service.
Living Vicky is a non-profit that provides online and in-person focused mentoring that prepares young women transitioning from high school to whatever comes next.

Our curriculum includes a variety of practical life courses designed to build self-confidence through soft skills mastery and critical thinking independence.

In order to fund our mission, and provide this curriculum at no cost, Living Vicky provides for-fee, interactive workshops on a variety of cross-generation communication, leadership, and team-building activities.

What inspired you to launch your business idea?
Sometimes I lucked into inspirational teachers or mentors – family members, assigned teachers or relationships built at work. Sometimes I pursued the wise and begged their advice. Most of the important influences in my life, however, have been from contact with women professionals who felt it wasn’t their obligation to help other women, but rather, their honor.

What problem does your business or organization solve?
Millennials (or GenY) women face negative stereotypes that hinder their advancement. Human resources professionals perceive Millennials as entitled and unprofessional. The public generally believes that Millennials have poorer work ethic and moral values than their older peers. Employers commonly complain that prospective hires lack “soft skills.”

Research has shown that women who have mentors are much more likely to find managerial positions. Living Vicky matches program participants with mentors to help with their development and to overcome the disadvantages they face. Women who have been mentored are also more likely to become mentors in turn, ensuring Living Vicky’s long-term sustainability.

What has been your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur and how are you working to overcome it?
Working with a staff comprised entirely of volunteers has great rewards — and challenges. We are working hard to improve our volunteer on boarding process to ensure a sustainable, unpaid workforce.

Give us one word that people might use to describe you.
Energetic

How has Project Eve helped you and/or your business?
We're new to Project Eve, and very much looking forward to engaging with everyone!

Give us an insider tip that relates to your industry or startup story.
Finding a true mentor, as opposed to a “friend”, is the most important thing you can do. Everyone needs someone they trust to give them constructive advice, and “tell it to them straight”.

Company: Living Vicky

Website: http://www.livingvicky.org

Follow my organization on social media here:
@LivingVicky
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Living-Vicky/318553284943270

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