Location: Owings Mills, MD
President and CEO
Junior Achievement of Central Maryland (JA) is dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. “Read the news for an hour and you will find a consistent theme: economic and workplace change is happening at a scale never experienced before,” says president and CEO Jennifer Bodensiek. “JA is turning the tide and helping young people face the challenges of the real world.”
Fun Fact: JA provides in-school and after-school programs for 43,000 K-12 students.
In the past three years, JA has developed several initiatives focused on providing high school girls with the confidence and inspiration they need for future success. One such event, JA Leading Ladies, connects businesswomen and outstanding female high school students in the Baltimore area to celebrate successes, develop talents, capture new opportunities for innovation and inspire the next generation of women leaders.
In 2015, The Women’s Giving Circle awarded $80,000 to JA to create an entrepreneurship and leadership experience for young women. The funds will be distributed over the next three years to support the creation of a program for girls aged 13 to 18. “The program, named JA Rising Women, exposes female students to mentors and gives them the opportunity to learn and practice business skills that will help them reach greater heights in their own companies and careers,” says Bodensiek.