Girls Going Places®

Paving a Path for Financial Independence!

Girls Going Places® Entrepreneurship Conference presented by Foster Klima and Company, Inc. and hosted by the James J. Hill Center is a one-day event held two times a year. The program is designed to encourage girls of all identities to take control of their financial future at an early age by broadening their understanding of the business world, creating an awareness of entrepreneurship and highlighting the advantages of financial independence. Download Info Sheet.

The conference connects local women business owners and women in business (as Conference Mentors) together with approximately 100 high school girls per session for activities and discussions exploring business ownership and entrepreneurship. Women business owners facilitate discussions and interactive activities, and share their experiences as entrepreneurs.

2018 Spring Conference: Tuesday, April 24 (8AM to 2PM)
Registration dates to be announced

2018 Fall Conference: Tuesday, November 13 (8AM to 2PM)
Registration dates to be announced

There is no fee for students to register or participate in this program. Schools are invited to bring up to 10 qualifying students to attend in either conference. Transportation to and from the conference must be provided by the school.

–  Girls and those that identify as
–  High School age
–  Interested or curiosity in business, finance or being an entrepreneur

Households headed by single women are the fastest growing segment of the nation’s poor
– Among children age 5 or younger who live in poverty, nearly half live in families started by teen mothers
– 50% of all women and children who are homeless are on the street because of no economic safety net
– 75% of women work at paid jobs, however 40% of them earn wages below the poverty level

“Listen to your heart and mind.” – Anoka High School
“Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do.” – Andover High School
“Be curious and open minded.” – Como Park Senor High
“Believe in yourself and follow your dreams.” – Leap High School
“I can be anything I want as an independent woman.” –  Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
“Follow your passion!” – Chanhassen High School
“It’s not where you come from, it’s where you want to go.” – South Saint Paul High School
“Risk is a big part of a career but women are capable of anything.” – Chaska High School

For questions or to be put on a list to receive a registration reminder, contact Danielle Parish at dparish@jjhill.org

Girls Going Places® is a registered trademark of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. All Rights Reserved.

Foster Klima & Company, Inc is an agency of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America with the vision to inspire and empower caring, responsible individuals to take control of their financial future and build more spendable wealth.

The James J. Hill Center is a non-profit business center, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The Hill’s mission honors the legacy of its founder by continuing to support entrepreneurial spirit in the 21st Century by offering access to research, programs, and networking for each stage of business development.


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We are pleased to announce the completion of our elevator renovation at the James J. Hill Center. This project was financed in part with funds provided by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society and the F. R. Bigelow Foundation. It will greatly increase our ability to serve patrons with accessibility needs.

Please access our ground floor elevator entrance via Kellogg Ave at the back of the building. Please ring the doorbell on the right hand side of door and a Hill staff member will assist you. If you have questions or concerns please call 651.265.5500. We look forward to having you visit our brand new elevator!