EWAAB was co-founded by Kaitlin Gili and Dominika Durovcikova in 2019 in order to create a pipeline for young women and non-binary individuals to confidently navigate their own paths.
Why We Started
EWAAB was born with the idea for an inventive women's mentorship program - one with a sustainable and scalable pipeline. With large professional diversity gaps still in place, especially in STEM and Finance fields, the co-founders felt that a fresh approach was needed to tackle the problem.
The co-founders, noticed that other mentorship programs were not fully taking advantage of current technology, were not community focused, and did not have a curriculum in place that specifically matched the needs of young women today.
With this in mind, they founded EWAAB to provide a strategic solution to a complex problem.
We Encourage Her. Our Encourage Her programs provide women and non-binary students with a yearlong mentorship experience and a lifelong community. We have two separate programs for community college and university students in order to build a pipeline that extends all the way to professional career.
Why Our Pipeline Works
It's sustainable. Our former mentees become student
mentors, who will eventually become working professional mentors.
It's scalable. We work in 5
countries and reach students
from all educational backgrounds. We utilize technology to connect women across the world.
It's stacked. Our programs include mentors, professional toolkits, internship opportunities, and networking summits.
We are on our mission to build a pipeline for young women and non-binary students to confidently navigate their own path.
Encourage Her Participants Internationally
Encourage Her Mentors Volunteering Time
Of Our Mentors Identify as Women of Color
Well, for me, EWAAB really is best defined by moments. It’s the meetings with my fellow mentees and my mentor. There is the coaching, for sure, but there’s also the discussions centered around our issues, or just issues in general.
-Laetitia Fokou, Ku Leuven
Throughout the year, my mentor helped me foster the mindset of owning my space, being confident in my decisions and not being afraid to dream big.
-Chanel Le Roux, U. Melbourne
Confidence increase in reaching out to professors, professionals, and icons.
Confidence increase in public speaking/giving an oral presentation.
Likelihood increase in applying for/entering into a leadership position.
We use pre-program and post-program surveys to track the growth of our students throughout the program. The following are averages taken to date:
After the program, we find that students in our Encourage Her Community are getting paid internships at higher rates and take on leadership positions within their universities.
Of previous Encourage Her participants are still connected with their mentors
Of our current mentors were previous program mentees
Our 2030 Impact Goal
By 2030, 3,000 Encourage Her graduates will have:
At least 2 lifelong personal mentors
Confidence and knowledge across 7 professional tools and technical skills
An international network and community of support
In creating both a sustainable and scalable pipeline for young women to confidently navigate their own careers, we will finally see a long-lasting increase of diversity in the professional world.