‘Girl boss’ from Leestown selected for entrepreneur event in D.C.
Margeaux Gelter, a seventh grader at Leestown Middle School, represented Kentucky at the 2020 Entrepreneur Institute sponsored by Envision Lead Grow, a Virginia-based nonprofit that introduces entrepreneurship to middle school girls through camps, mentoring, and webinars. She spent March 5-8 in Washington, D.C., as part of the program’s 50 most successful “girl bosses” from across the nation. There they participated in workshops with female entrepreneurs and business owners, and Margeaux sold samples of her lip scrub, a sugar-based product that removes dead skin. She also plans a line of lip balm and glosses. “It was a really fun experience meeting other girls with different business ideas,” she said after the trip.
In summer 2019, Leestown had sent Margeaux and nine other students to the free ELG camp at Norfolk State University, where they learned how to set up their own businesses. Back in Lexington, the girls met regularly over several months with mentors in the community who helped them develop their products. Everyone who completed the program was eligible for the Entrepreneur Institute, and the sponsors chose Margeaux as Kentucky’s top prospect.
“I’ve always wanted to have my own business but never was sure where to start. The ELG program taught me how,” Margeaux said. “I learned that making a business isn’t easy. There’s a lot of things that go into it.”