Meet Her Impact, a new social platform launched by two Polish women who want to change the world
We live in a world where boardrooms are mostly full of men. At the same time, we’ve made progress over the years and women are beginning to take up executive chairs at Fortune 500 companies. The situation is improving, but it isn’t quite there yet. More and more women are now launching various programs to help the young generation of women to climb the corporate ladder and in some cases, start their own companies.
In Poland, for example, Her Impact is a new social platform launched by two Polish women to inspire, educate, and support women in the labor market. The platform was launched a year ago by Magdalena Linke- Koszek and Karolina Cwalina-Stępniak when both were in their early pregnancy.
Her Impact was launched on March 23, 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, which was quite a challenge. Today, Magda and Karolina, with an 8-person team, know that it was worth the risk. From the very beginning, Her Impact’s mission is broadly understood to support women in development and eliminate the common problem of inequalities in the labor market.
The founders’ dream is to educate the young generation of leaders and give them the necessary tools to succeed. Users have at their disposal a library of educational materials (articles, podcasts, films, books) from many industries, which help them expand their competencies and increase their chances on the labor market.
The option is also to get a personalized development plan that starts from a series of competency tests. Based on the results, a recommendation system presents each user with job offers, access to mentors, and specific learning materials. All the content available on the platform is created by respected specialists from the most diverse fields who want to share their knowledge and experience with young women.
On Her Impact platform, users have at their disposal a library of educational materials, including articles, podcasts, recommendations for movies, and books created by Her Impact experts. The site also features a collection of free knowledge that helps them expand their competencies and increase their chances on the labor market.
The Her Path allows you to get a personalized development plan that starts with a series of competency tests. Based on the results, the recommendation system presents each user with an individual development plan, i.e. the necessary materials for acquiring knowledge, access to mentors, and job offers. Users create a community that constantly supports each other, we currently have 30,000 of them.
Currently, the application includes several dozen experts from various countries. The second pillar of the platform is the international community that allows inspiring each other, exchanging knowledge, experiences, and sometimes finding a job or needed help.
Her Impact also gives realistic career development proposals in the form of a job offer and recruitment events prepared by market-leading partner companies that foster social diversity among employees and gender equality.
Sounds fun, but where’s the catch? Of course, in raising funds for development. Most of the investment seems to go into the hands of men. Nevertheless, Karolina and Magda did not give up, and today with a two million dollar contribution from VFE VC, they go further forward!
After more than a year of efforts, Her Impact has managed to receive investments from the PFR starter fund (Polish Development Fund). I really care about promoting this issue of investing in founder women. And our initiative is truly unique because it supports women in Poland, whose situation can be particularly difficult.
The plans for 2021 are significant, and thanks to them, Her Impact will grow and spread its mission among more and more new communities. The biggest project I have ever managed to do to start in December is one-year cooperation with McKinsey under the slogan “Growth Labs “. These will be monthly workshop webinars with experts from a partner company that will raise several exciting issues in personal development and professional development, preparing your business profile, making decisions, networking, and much more.
The next step that will develop the Her Impact community will be the Ambassador’s project.
Twenty recruited girls will help the Her Impact team promote the project, activate women, inspire them to act, and give them courage.
They will do all this among their friends, colleagues, students and only see an opportunity to do so. The community will be built up slowly as well outside Poland – meetings with entrepreneurial women in London. The team does not slow down, starting with the latest Book Club project in collaboration with such publishing houses as Znak or Agora. Moreover, Her Impact took patronage over the first Polish biography of the first woman in the vice-presidential position Of the United States – Kamala Harris, by Dan Morain, publishing house
The online store will also appear in the list for next year you can buy courses, e-books, or a career planner in the form of a calendar. All that will be created thanks to cooperation with a group of Her Impact experts.
“Don’t stop until you’re proud.” – this message from Her Impact goes out into the world to fight for a better future for millions of women.
Below is a video of the founders discussing Her Impact.