Connect,Learn & Lead focus of Leadership Summit for girls
By SGZ Staff
Wednesday, more than 170 girls from across the US found themselves on the steps of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., testing their lobbying skills as the last event of the third annual Girl Up 2013 Leadership Summit which kicked off Monday.
But prior to their trip to Capitol Hill, these girls participated in a slew of workshops, and were surrounded by guest speakers and Girl Up representatives who spoke of three easily applicable steps – Connect, Learn, Lead.
“Have courage … Set your own standard,” said Omnilife Chief Executive Officer and Girl Up global advocate Angelica Fuentes, who reminded the attendees that they have a myriad of possibilities and live in a world of infinite choices.
Girl Up is a campaign of the United Nations (UN) Foundation aimed at giving adolescent girls an avenue to help raise awareness and funding for programs that help others like them.
“Girl Up is something tangible. They set goals and reach them,” said Girl Up Champion Monique Coleman, who enjoyed being part of an event she called amazing. “It’s all relatable and applicable.”
Throughout the three-day event, girls were encouraged to share what they had learned during workshops, tweet during breaks and make new friends.They also were given the opportunity to connect with influential women such as Access Hollywood Co-Host Robinson, Faith Phiri, Founder, Girls Empowerment Network and Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN.
Power, during the conversation moderated by Girl Up Teen Advisor Alexis Kallen, said young girls can make a world of difference. She said to seek out mentors, research them.
“Don’t think you are at a disadvantage because you’re a girl.”