2017 Leadership Summit

Join hundreds of young leaders from across the U.S. and around the world for our 2017 Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington D.C.



  1. What does the registration fee include?
    The registration fee covers the cost for all programming, as well as breakfast and lunch Monday through Wednesday and transportation to Capitol Hill for lobby day. The registration fee does NOT cover your hotel room. You must reserve and pay for your accommodations separately.
  2. I cannot afford the registration fee, what do I do?                                              Financial Assistance is available for those who desire support in covering the registration fee and/or traveling and lodging costs. Please submit a financial aid application by April 10. More information regarding financial aid can be found in the “Financial Assistance’ section.
  3. Why am I unable to register multiple individuals at once?
    We set up the system to allow for only one registration at a time. This system allows us to capture all the information necessary for each participant including birthday, t-shirt size and dietary preference.
  4. When does early bird registration end?
    The early bird rate of $119 applies to those who register on or before April 10. Those who register after April 10 will pay a registration fee of $149 until registration closes on June 5.
  5. When does registration close?
    Registration closes on June 5 or until capacity is reached.
  6. Are group discounts available?
    No, we do not have discounts available at this time.
  7. What if my plans change and I can no longer attend the Summit, can my registration fee be refunded?
    Yes, upon request Girl Up will issue a full refund of the registration fee.
  8. Can my parent or chaperone register for the Leadership Summit?
    No, due to high demand and youth-driven programming, no parents or adult chaperones are allowed to register for or attend the Leadership Summit.


  1. Which hotel is best for attendees?
    The JW Marriott Washington DC is the official hotel of the 2017 Girl Up Leadership Summit. The hotel is in the center of downtown D.C. with both the National Mall and White House within walking distance. To reserve a room, please book online using this link to receive the discounted rate of $240/night, plus tax.
  2. Where will the Summit take place?
    Summit programming will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC. The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is a short walking distance from the JW Marriott Hotel. It is also metro accessible via the Orange, Blue and Silver lines, for those who opt to stay elsewhere.
  3. What is the hotel room rate?
    Girl Up has reserved a discounted room block at the JW Marriott with a rate of $240 per night.
  4. How long do I have to book my hotel room?
    The discounted room block will be available until June 19 or until capacity is reached. Book your room here.
  5. Can attendees share rooms to split costs?
    Yes, Girl Up encourages participants to room together to add to the overall Leadership Summit experience. The online Girl Up Community is a great place to connect with fellow attendees and work out rooming plans. Note: Sharing a room is at-will, Girl Up cannot directly match you with other participants and is not responsible for any roommate issues that arise.


  1. For what age group is the Girl Up Leadership Summit best?
    Participants must be students between the ages of 12-22 to register. We encourage all genders from middle school, high school and college to attend!
  2. When will programming begin and end?
    Breakfast will be served before daily programming begins each morning. Programming will finish at approximately 5 PM on Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday. We expect attendees to participate in all programming. There will be optional evening programming both Monday and Tuesday nights for those who wish to better connect with fellow summit participants.
  3. When will the final program be available?
    Registered participants will receive periodic emails leading up to the Summit. A final version of the program will be sent to all participants in early July. For an idea of what to expect, please take a look at  the 2016 Leadership Summit program.
  4. What should attendees pack?
    Monday and Tuesday dress is casual. Wear what makes you feel most comfortable and most powerful. Please remember that even though July in Washington D.C. is hot, hotel air conditioning can be chilly. We recommend packing at least one sweater/sweatshirt. Wednesday dress is business casual. Participants will wear the Girl Up t-shirt and should plan to wear a professional skirt and/or pants on the bottom. Comfortable shoes on Wednesday is a must! You will do a lot of walking on lobby day
  5. I am interested, or know someone who is interested in speaking at the Summit. Who do I contact?
    Please email us all speaker inquiries at info@girlup.org.


  1. What is the closest airport to the Summit?
    The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)  the closest airport to the Leadership Summit venue and hotel, around 4 miles away. Additionally, Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI) are both around 30 miles from the hotel and venue
  2. How will participants get from the airport to the hotel?
    Transportation from the airport to the hotel will not be provided by Girl Up. There are various convenient shuttle services and public transportation options, as well as taxi stands offered at each airport.
  3. How will participants get to Capitol Hill on Lobby Day?
    Girl Up will provide shuttles from the Ronald Reagan Building to Capitol Hill and back at the end of the day at no additional costs to participants


  1. Will Girl Up be providing chaperones overnight?
    No, Girl Up is unable to chaperone Leadership Summit attendees after official programming ends.
  2. Do underage participants need a chaperone?
    Girl Up does not require minors to attend the summit with a chaperone. However, unchaperoned participants are required to complete and submit a permission slip which will be emailed a month in advance of the summit. Any chaperones that do accompany participants Washington, DC will not be able to participate in Leadership Summit, but will be able to check-in with the participant by phone as needed during any programming.
  3. Do chaperones need to register and pay?
    No. Due to high demand and limited spaced, there will be no opportunities for chaperones to participate in programming this year. Programming has been created specifically for students only. Any parents/chaperones that accompany a participant to Washington, DC will not be able to participate in Leadership Summit programming.

Financial Assistance

  1. When will I know if I have been awarded financial assistance?
    Those who have registered for the summit and requested financial assistance will be notified of Girl Up’s decision by no later than May 10. Financial assistance is need-based which means it’s up to the discretion of Girl Up staff to determine the extent to which an attendee’s financial situation merits funding to attend the summit.
  2. What is the maximum amount of financial assistance?
    $1,000 USD is the maximum amount available for an individual to attend the Leadership Summit. However, financial assistance may exceed this amount under special circumstances which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by Girl Up staff. Please note that the amount of financial assistance granted will reflect the lowest possible cost of the attendee’s travel to and accommodations at the Summit. This is crucial in order to maximize the number of financial assistance recipients.
  3. What is the deadline to be considered for financial assistance?
    Participants must apply for financial assistance by April 10 in order to be considered.
  4. How long will it take to receive financial assistance?
    After submitting your financial aid application, you will be notified by May 10 of our decision and award offer. Financial assistance is awarded in the form of a reimbursement check. After an attendee is notified that they have been awarded financial assistance, a reimbursement check usually takes one month to arrive. If attendees delay their purchase of travel, costs will be significantly higher, and Girl Up’s financial assistance will be unable to accommodate the price difference.
  5. What do I do after I receive my financial aid?
    Attendees seeking financial assistance should NOT register for the Summit until AFTER they have received their financial assistance decision. Attendees who are selected for financial assistance will receive special registration instructions upon notification of their award.
  6. Does Girl Up make travel and accommodation arrangements for those who receive financial assistance?
    No. Every attendee is personally responsible for booking her own travel and hotel. Girl Up does have a hotel block which will provide attendees a room for a discounted rate. Note: Girl Up is unable to sponsor any travel visas. If you are attending from a country outside the U.S. make sure you have made arrangements to secure your visa prior to registering.
  7. Can the registration fee be refunded if I am not awarded financial assistance?
    Attendees seeking financial assistance should NOT register for the Summit until AFTER they have received their financial assistance decision. Attendees who are selected for financial assistance will receive special registration instructions upon notification of their award. In the event that you accidentally register for the Summit, and then do not receive financial assistance and are unable to attend the Summit, Girl Up will issue a full refund of the registration fee upon request. All refund requests must be submitted to community@girlup.org no later than July 1st.