YWCA Greater Charleston

Backpacks to Briefcases

Backpacks to Briefcases is designed to address the economic advancement and empowerment of women in the Charleston area by offering creative learning opportunities that promote personal growth and lead to career advancement and/or entrepreneurship.

Backpacks to Briefcases will assist you by identifying your strengths and talents, developing personal strategies for career advancement or entrepreneurship, and connecting you with opportunities to fulfill your personal goals and live out your passions. You can expect:

  • MONTHLY NETWORKING SOCIALS including coaching on how to network, will help you elevate your professional profile and open doors to new opportunities

  • MONTHLY LEARNING INSTITUTES on topics like career mapping and pre-hire negotiating will help you fight the gender wage gap. (A November Forbes article revealed that only 7% of women graduating with master's degrees negotiated their salary at their first job, compared to 57% of their male comrades)

  • MENTOR MATCHING, designed to be mutually beneficial and long term, will be a key element in your career success and personal growth

  • OPPORTUNITIES FOR VOLUNTEERISM. If desired, you can choose to be strategically connected with volunteer opportunities that support the people and causes most important to you personally

Your participation, supported by our sponsors and members, is free of charge to you! All Charleston-area women under 40 (or thereabouts) are welcome. For more information, email us or call 843.722.1644.