Play Like a Girl Leadership Academy with Juniper Square

We're exploring the M in STEM!

Play Like a Girl launched the inaugural class of its brand new Leadership Academy with funding from U.S. Bank Foundation. We're kicking off this multi-session leadership development program for middle school girls with a special series of virtual mentoring sessions on out-of-the-box careers in the financial technology space. That's right! Your girls will learn all about math and money - for FREE.

In this session, Juniper Square, the leading provider of partnership enablement for the private funds industry, will share thoughts on the state of private equity, discuss the path forward on diversity and inclusion, and offer a kid-sized glimpse into careers in the industry. Women professionals and male allies across the company will share inspirational stories and knowledge about their careers.

Girls will be matched for small-group mentoring with Juniper Square employee volunteers. In their mentoring circles, mentees will also learn about the high school courses and extracurricular activities they need to start preparing for a career in private equity.


About Juniper Square

Juniper Square is the leader in partnership enablement for the private funds industry, offering a universal system for GPs and their LPs to seamlessly connect and communicate across every stage of their partnerships. Juniper Square empowers investment managers to accelerate fundraising, scale operations efficiently and improve investor satisfaction. More than 1,800 GPs rely on Juniper Square to manage more than 32,000 investment entities that span over 500,000 LPs and $700 billion in investor equity.

Meet + Mentor Memphis

Female middle school students in Memphis, Tennessee will take part in a Play Like a Girl Meet + Mentor day camp powered by Academy Sports + Outdoors on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

AutoZone Park, home to the Redbirds Baseball Club, will be transformed into a mentoring lab designed to encourage local girls in their STEM pursuits and create a diverse female STEM leadership pipeline.

Play Like a Girl staff, Academy employees and volunteers will accompany 20 middle school students through STEM-related and confidence-building activities centered around the mathematics--data, statistics and analytics--behind the game of baseball (and softball). Activities include:

  • Panel Discussion and Q&A featuring accomplished women in baseball, softball and STEM
  • STEM Mentoring Moment, an opportunity for students to meet and have a hands-on working session with women leaders in the architectural design of stadiums and sports facilities
  • Confidence-building Activity Inspired by Play Like a Girl’s Curriculum, through which girls can learn SMART goal-setting from Play Like a Girl’s CEO Dr. Kimberly Clay
  • Softball Clinic with players and coaches to run drills and play ball--maybe even some soccer, too!

Play Like a Girl Meet + Mentor events are ongoing celebrations to shine a light on empowering women role models in an effort to inspire more girls to reach their full potential in sport and STEM.

Participating students will be featured in a three-part YouTube series showcased across Academy's social channels this summer.

The next event will take place in the Houston/Katy, Texas area on July 13, 2021.