GlassSKY is a social enterprise launched by Robyn to build capacity in next generation leaders. A significant portion of profits from training, workshops and books get re-invested to advance diversity and female economic empowerment.
Why Female Economic Empowerment?
Helping women achieve financial independence is key to raising our global living standards and to building stronger economies. Studies show that 80 cents of every dollar earned by a woman goes into education, healthcare and housing for her children. Robyn believes that when one woman succeeds, we all do. That’s why she is investing to make a difference in the lives of women she may never meet.
Through Kiva we offer micro loans to women starting businesses in developing countries – 250 and counting, across 48 countries. These women have little experience working outside of the home and no ability to access credit through traditional banking systems. Often, they face prejudice and discrimination, yet they persevere to provide a better livelihood for themselves and their children. Our funding helps them launch their business, and also improves their confidence and self-esteem.
Scholarships & Mentoring
At GlassSKY, we know that women are passionate and ambitious about improving their future. But we also know that no matter how enthusiastic they are, they will only succeed if they have access to support, mentorship and education. That’s why we fund scholarships through the world-renown Coady International Institute. To date we’ve funded two programs – Community Development Leadership by Women and Indigenous Women in Community Leadership. Women of all ages come away from these courses inspired to create and support social change in all aspects of their lives.
Robyn also personally mentors women who are looking to advance in their careers, and she lectures regularly for men and women in universities on topics such as diversity, leadership, the importance of giving back, and calculated risk taking for career growth. She donates copies of her book 10 Essentials for the Motivated Millennial to student and young alumni groups, as well as local non profits.
GlassSKY also invests in-kind and financial support to non-profits who are working in the space of female empowerment and mentorship of next generation leaders. The following organizations have benefited from GlassSKY’s support: Big Brothers / Big Sisters, Women’s Empowerment Network, Power of the Purse, Elizabeth Fry Society, Women for 50%, YWCA as well as bursaries for student financial aid and sponsored tickets for university students to attend business luncheons, network with established leaders, and hear high-profile speakers.
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