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Venture Education presents

Inspiring Women Project

March 18 2021

 - April 29 2021

Online leadership workshops for girls aged 16-18

Inspiring Women 


The Inspiring Women Project is a non-profit programme that comprises a series of online workshops for young women aged 16-18 in China.

The project promotes leadership skills in young women while also supporting the charitable work of Educating Girls of Rural China, an organisation that empowers women in rural regions of Western China to escape the cycle of poverty through education.

This six-week online programme features 90 minute workshops each week which are delivered by women in leadership positions representing a range of industries.

They share their personal and professional experiences and provide expert guidance to help participants develop their own leadership skills for the future.

Working with like-minded peers, you will collaborate to complete a series of activities which develop your leadership skills. Each activity seeks a solution-focused approach to a social problem, such as gender equality, that is present in our current society.

Each week explores a different industry sector and presents a fresh opportunity to explore your power to enact social change, with prizes awarded to the most convincing and creative teams.

100% of each programme fee is donated to charity with 80% donated to Educating Girls of Rural China, and 20% donated to additional charities that provide teaching and learning resources, including building schools, in rural communities in China.

6 Project Objectives


To promote confidence and leadership skills in young women and empower them to achieve their full potential


To raise awareness in the educational community about gender inequality and promote a solution-based approach to the challenges that young women face


To raise awareness of, and money to support the charity work of Educating Girls of Rural China


To provide young women with professional insight into a range of industries and the career paths available to them


To create an active community of positive young women who have the skills to be a voice for gender equality and advocate for girls’ education


To promote awareness of all the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Quality Education and Gender Equality



Our mentors are inspirational leaders and CEOs representing a range of industries. They are today's leaders and committed to supporting the younger generation of women to develop the confidence to achieve their ambitions.

Our 2021 mentors will be announced in March. Previous mentors have included:

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18th March
18:30 - 19:00 - Orientation
25th March
18:30 - 20:00 - Workshop (Title TBC)
19:00 - 20:30 - Workshop (Title TBC)
1st April
19:00 - 20:30 - Workshop (Title TBC)
15th April
19:00 - 20:30 - Workshop (Title TBC)
8th April
19:00 - 20:30 - Workshop (Title TBC)
22nd April
19:00 - 20:30 - Workshop (Title TBC)
29th April
19:00 - 20:30 - Graduation Celebration

Our Charities


Education Girls of Rural China is a charity that empowers women in rural regions of Western China to escape the cycle of poverty through education. EGRC has provided the gift of education to 1280 girls from the poorest regions of rural China.

100% of each participant's programme fee is donated to charities that promote girls' education, with 80% of these funds going to EGRC.

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Stepping Stones’ I Care project provides free eye tests, free treatment, free spectacles and free eye operations to migrant children in Shanghai and Zhejiang province who otherwise would not have access to these services.


Since 2008, with the support of several sponsors, Stepping Stones has partnered with local hospitals to conduct eye screening in more than 20 migrant schools, has screened the eyesight of more than 29,000 students, provided free spectacles to 4,029 students and provided treatment for various eye conditions for 48 students.


Programme Outcomes

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Learn what it means to be a leader

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Collaborate with like-minded peers

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Gain insight from industry leaders

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Take part in engaging workshops

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Support girls' education in rural China

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Enrich and diversity your resumé


Application Info

To apply for a place on the programme is easy. Simply complete the form below with your contact information and a brief explanation of your motivations for joining the programme.

Key Information

  • The programme takes place on Thursday evenings from 18:30 to 20:00 (CST) between March 18 and April 29 2021.

  • All workshops and activities will be hosted online and access information will be provided to successful applicants two weeks in advance of the start of the programme.

  • The programme will be conducted in English, including small group discussions with your peers

  • The programme fee for the entire programme is 2,000RMB. Successful applicants will be invoiced once their place is confirmed

  • 100% of the programme fee is donated to our charities to support girls' education

  • There are a limited number of places available and these will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come-first-served basis. A waiting list will operate once places for the Spring 2021 programme are full.

Eligibility Requirements

Please ensure you meet the eligibility requirements before submitting your application

  • The programme takes place on Thursday evenings from 18:30 - 20:00 between March 18 and April. Eligible applicants should expect to be available for the duration of the programme.

  • The programme is open to girls, or individuals who identify as female or non-binary, aged 16-18.

  • Delegates should have a sufficient command of English to be comfortably contribute to discussions.

  • All applicants should obtain parental permission before submitting an application.

  • Applications should be submitted on or before 28th February 2021.

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