General Assembly is excited to announce in partnership with the Jessica (Jess) Vollman Foundation, a sponsorship opportunity for passionate women entrepreneurs in the NYC area looking to gain skills to take their business to the next level. In addition to fully covered access to GA supplemental skills training, the recipients will become founding members of the Jessica Vollman Foundation community. Interested candidates can apply here!
Some background: Jessica Vollman started as one of GA’s first employees, eventually becoming the director of new market expansion and developing General Assembly’s go-to-market strategy. At the time of her departure, Jessica had helped us scale to 700 employees and 14 cities across the world. After working with us, Jessica founded The Vollman Group, an independent consultancy to help startups scale internationally, and served as CEO of Fluent City, a language learning startup specializing in natural language processing.
While Jessica was a CEO, she served an all-male board and consistently noticed the lack of opportunities for women to ascend to the next level of entrepreneurship. It was her overarching goal to be the woman on the other side of the table for the female CEOs who succeeded her,- making sure to eliminate as many barriers to entry as possible.
Jess’s life directly inspired JVF’s mission — to globally promote career advancement for women through three central tenets:
- Access to Education: We invest in mentorship and professional development programs that provide women with tools to become effective leaders.
- Closing the Skills Gap: Gender parity can be addressed through opportunities to upskill, reskill, and aid job transition for women in the rapidly evolving marketplace.
- Job Flexibility: Flexibility at work can allow a life balance that retains women in the workforce and encourages a more diverse hiring environment.
JVF’s sponsorship with us is an ideal starting point for our organization to address these systemic issues affecting women in business today. If you’d like to become part of the community and learn more about this opportunity, read more here!