GirlsGoneBoss: Empowering women in business and beyond

By Lindelwa Masuku

GirlsGoneBoss is a socially responsible enterprise that aims to empower and support women in their professional and entrepreneurial pursuits. Founded in 2020 by Lesedi Butie, GirlsGoneBoss mission is to create a more equitable and inclusive society through its steadfast commitment to women's empowerment. 

By providing resources, mentorship, and support, GirlsGoneBoss seeks to bridge the gender gap in the business world and help women succeed. 

“We are dedicated to helping women of all ages and backgrounds, from young professionals to seasoned entrepreneurs.” Lesedi explains. 

GirlsGoneBoss is a dynamic and innovative organization that is making a positive impact on the lives of women and their communities.

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Gal Pal's mentorship program is designed to provide support, guidance, and resources for women entrepreneurs who are looking to grow and scale their businesses. They pair mentees with experienced mentors who can provide valuable insights and advice based on their own experiences in the industry.

Through their mentorship program, they aim to provide women entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to succeed. This includes guidance on developing business plans, securing funding, building a customer base, and more. They also provide opportunities for networking and connecting with other like-minded women entrepreneurs.

Their  program is open to women entrepreneurs at all stages of their business, from startups to established companies. 

“We believe that mentorship is a powerful tool for empowering women and driving economic growth.” The director of GirlsGoneBoss speaks passionately about this initiative. 

In this exclusive interview, Lesedi shares more on GirlsGoneBoss with us.

In what ways does GirlsGoneBoss aim to bridge the gender gap in the business world?

GirlsGoneBoss aims to bridge the gender gap in the business world by providing women entrepreneurs with the resources, tools, and support they need to succeed. This includes mentorship, networking opportunities, and educational resources, as well as a focus on building a community of women who can support and uplift each other.

Additionally, GirlsGoneBoss works to raise awareness about the challenges women face in the business world and advocates for policies and practices that promote gender equality and diversity in the workplace.

How does GirlsGoneBoss differentiate itself from other organizations that support women in business?

GirlsGoneBoss differentiates itself from other organizations that support women in business in a number of ways. One of the key ways is our focus on the younger generation of women in business. We aim to attract and support younger women in business who may face unique challenges and barriers that are different from those faced by older women. 

Additionally, we offer a wide range of resources and tools that are tailored to the specific needs of our community, including mentorship, networking opportunities, educational content, and more. Overall, we strive to create a supportive and inclusive community that helps young women succeed in their business ventures.

What specific resources and tools does GirlsGoneBoss offer to women entrepreneurs?

GirlsGoneBoss offers a range of resources and tools to support women entrepreneurs, including mentorship, networking opportunities, access to funding and capital, educational resources, and workshops and events. Our mentorship program pairs women with experienced entrepreneurs and industry leaders who can provide guidance and support as they navigate the challenges of building a business. 

We also offer networking events and opportunities for women to connect with other entrepreneurs and professionals in their field. In addition, we provide educational resources such as webinars, courses, and articles on various topics related to entrepreneurship, as well as workshops and events focused on specific skills and knowledge areas. 

Finally, we help connect women with funding and capital opportunities, including access to investors and grants, to help them grow and scale their businesses.

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How does GirlsGoneBoss measure success in terms of the impact on the women it supports?

At GirlsGoneBoss, we measure success by the positive impact our support has on the lives and businesses of the women we work with.  We also collect feedback and conduct surveys to assess their satisfaction with our resources and support. They understand that effective communication and engagement with their community is crucial for ensuring their ongoing success. 

Therefore, GirlsGoneBoss regularly seeks feedback from their members to identify areas for improvement and determine what is working well. Ultimately, our goal is to empower women to achieve their goals and reach their full potential, and we feel successful when we see them thriving in their personal and professional lives.

What are some of the biggest challenges that women entrepreneurs face, and how does GirlsGoneBoss address these challenges?

Women entrepreneurs face a wide range of challenges, from accessing capital and resources to overcoming systemic barriers and gender bias. At GirlsGoneBoss, we believe that one of the biggest challenges is a lack of access to mentorship and networks, which is why we prioritize these areas in our programming. 

We also understand that women often face unique obstacles, such as balancing business and family responsibilities, which is why we offer flexible and tailored support to meet the diverse needs of our members. 

By creating a community of women who can share their experiences and support one another, we believe we can help overcome these challenges and create a more equitable landscape for women in business.

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How does GirlsGoneBoss work to ensure diversity and inclusivity in its support of women in business?

At GirlsGoneBoss, we strongly believe in the value of diversity and inclusivity, and we work to ensure that our support of women in business reflects this. We understand that the experiences and challenges faced by women in business can vary significantly based on factors such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, and ability, among others.

What steps has GirlsGoneBoss taken to address issues of sexism and discrimination in the workplace?

To ensure that we are providing meaningful support to all women entrepreneurs, we strive to create a welcoming and inclusive community where all members feel valued and heard. We actively seek out and engage with women from diverse backgrounds and strive to provide resources and support that meet their unique needs.

We also partner with organizations that share our commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and work to amplify the voices of women from underrepresented communities. Our goal is to ensure that all women entrepreneurs have equal opportunities to succeed, regardless of their background or circumstances.

As GirlsGoneBoss, we believe that sexism and discrimination have no place in any workplace or industry, and we are committed to addressing these issues in all aspects of our work. We work to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment for women in business, and we believe that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect.

One of the ways we address issues of sexism and discrimination is by promoting awareness and education around these issues. We provide resources and training for women entrepreneurs to help them identify and address discrimination, harassment, and bias in the workplace.

We also work to foster a culture of support and collaboration among women in business. By creating spaces for women to connect, learn, and grow together, we hope to break down the barriers that often prevent women from reaching their full potential in the workplace.

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Can you share any success stories of women who have been supported by GirlsGoneBoss and have gone on to achieve great things?

Certainly! We have countless success stories of women who have been supported by GirlsGoneBoss and have gone on to achieve great things. 

One that comes to mind is the story of Helena Ahiba, who was struggling to get her business off the ground before joining our mentorship program. With the help of our support, Helena was able to refine her business strategy and make important connections in her industry. 

Today, she is scheduled to launch her company with a growing team and a bright future. 

We are incredibly proud of her and all of the other women in our community who are making their dreams a reality.

How does GirlsGoneBoss collaborate with other organizations and initiatives in the field of women's empowerment and business support?

GirlsGoneBoss understands the importance of collaboration and partnership in achieving our mission of empowering and supporting women in business. We have partnered with a number of organizations and initiatives in the field of women's empowerment and business support, including non-profit organizations, women-led businesses, and community organizations.

One of our recent collaborations was with a local non-profit organization that provides business education and support to women from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through this partnership, we were able to provide mentorship and resources to a group of women entrepreneurs who were starting or growing their businesses. 

We also worked together to organize events and workshops that focused on specific topics such as marketing, finance, and leadership.

We are always open to new collaborations and partnerships with organizations that share our values and mission, and we believe that working together is the best way to create positive change for women in business.

How does GirlsGoneBoss plan to expand and grow its impact in the future?

At GirlsGoneBoss, we're constantly looking for new ways to expand and grow our impact on women in business. One of our main goals is to reach even more women entrepreneurs and offer them the resources and support they need to succeed. 

We plan to achieve this through continued partnerships with other organizations and initiatives, expanding our mentorship program, and creating new educational and networking opportunities. 

We're also exploring the potential of new technology and platforms to connect with and support women entrepreneurs on a larger scale. Ultimately, our vision is to create a global community of women who support and empower each other in business and beyond.

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If you're interested in learning more about their mentorship program or becoming a mentee, please visit their website or reach out to them through their social media channels. 

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Instagram: @girlsgoneboss_
YouTube: Girls Gone Boss Talk Sessions
Tiktok: @girlsgoneboss_

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