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.

Speakers

A’Dorian Murray-Thomas

Founder & CEO, SHE Wins Inc.

@shewinsnj

A’Dorian Murray-Thomas is the Founder and CEO of SHE Wins Inc., a leadership and social action organization for middle and high school girls in Newark affected...

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Abbey Hudson

Attorney

An attorney in Gibson Dunn’s Los Angeles office, Abbey Hudson’s practice focuses on complex trial litigation, with an emphasis on transnational, technological...

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Allie Zehner

Club Leader, Girl Up

Allie is a rising senior at Rowland Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Amanda Gorman

Youth Poet Laureate of the United States

@amandascgorman

Called the ‘next great figure of poetry in the US’, at 19-years-old Amanda Gorman is a published author and the first ever Youth Poet Laureate of...

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Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

Muslim Girl, Founder and Editor-in-Chief

@xoamani

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is the founder and editor-in-chief of Muslim Girl, the most-read platform for Muslim women’s voices in the West. Muslim Girl is forging...

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Amy Gong Liu

Teen Advisor, Girl Up

@amygongliu

Amy Gong Liu, who founded the Alameda High School’s Girl Up Chapter and served on the Teen Advisory Board for Girl Up from 2014-15, is a junior at Columbia...

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Anna McGuire

Girl Up Club Leader

@anna_mcguired

Girl Up Club Leader Anna McGuire is currently Co-President and Founder of the Whitman Girl Up Club. She also served as one of two mentors for the Pyle Middle...

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Anousheh Ansari

Prodea Systems, Chairman & CEO

@anoushehansari

Dr. Anousheh Ansari is Co-founder and CEO of Prodea Systems a leading IoT technology firm. She is the first female civilian astronaut; successful serial entrepreneur;...

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Batalá Washington

All-Women Afro-Brazilian Band

@BatalaDC

Batalá Washington is an all-women Afro-Brazilian band that plays Samba-Reggae rhythms.

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Becca Bean

Teen Advisor Alumna

@beccabean38

Becca founded Girl Up Wakefield three years ago and has served as a leader in the DMV Coalition.

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Brooklyn & Bailey

Influencers

@BrookandBailey

Brooklyn and Bailey McKnight are stand-out artists and positive teen role models with a massive digital footprint that reaches over 5M followers daily.

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Celia Buckman

Teen Advisor Alumna

@celiabuckman

Celia is a rising freshman at Georgetown University from Glencoe, IL. She served as a Teen Advisor for Girl Up from 2014-2016.

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Christine Roberts

Senior Editor, Growth and Emerging Platforms

@CElizRoberts

Christine Roberts is the senior editor for growth and emerging platforms at HuffPost. She manages the newsroom’s Labs team, which conducts editorial experiments...

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Claire Wasserman

Founder, Ladies Get Paid

@ladiesgetpaid

Claire Wasserman founder of Ladies Get Paid, an organization that helps women rise up at work. Our mission is to facilitate the female leadership pipeline and...

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Dr. Chloe Schwenke

Director of the Global Program on Violence, Rights and Inclusion, ICRW

@chloemaryland

Dr. Chloe Schwenke serves as the Director of the Global Program on Violence, Rights and Inclusion at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), in...

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Elizabeth Plank

Senior Correspondent, Vox

@feministabulous

Liz is a senior producer and correspondent at Vox.com where she is currently developing tv projects under the Vox entertainment division. Through her activism...

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Fiona Adams

Girl Up, Teen Advisor

Fiona is a rising sophomore at Macalester College, where she studies Economics and Applied Math.

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FLETCHER

Artist

@findingfletcher

Following in the footsteps of Lorde and Tove Lo, the pop upstart FLETCHER was named one of Spotify’s Spotlight acts alongside rising stars such as Troye...

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Ilhan Omar

MN State Representative

@IlhanMN

Ilhan Omar is an experienced Twin Cities policy analyst, organizer, public speaker and advocate.

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Jean Freedberg

Deputy Director, HRC Global, Human Rights Campaign

Jean Freedberg joined the Human Rights Campaign as Deputy Director of HRC Global in 2014.

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Jenipher Sanni

SchoolCycle Bicycle Beneficiary

Jenipher Sanni, 20, is currently a student in Form 4 in Malawi. Jenipher was a recipient of a bicycle in 2015 as part of Girl Up’s SchoolCycle initiative.

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Jessica Raven

Executive Director, Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS)

@thejessicaraven

Jessica Raven is an activist, mother, and the Executive Director of Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), a grassroots organization working to make DC’s...

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Jules Spector

Teen Advisor/Co-Director of NY Coalition

@julesspector

Jules Spector is the founder and author of teenfeminist.com, started in late 2013.

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Julia Nahman

Campus Leader

Julia is a rising senior at Wake Forest University in North Carolina majoring in psychology and minoring in biology, neuroscience, and education.

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Julie Wang

Girl Up Leader & Advocate

@jhswang

Julie is a Girl Up leader and advocate from Ellicott City, MD, who at the beginning of her sophomore year started the first Girl Up club in Howard County, MD.

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Kara Ross

UNLEASHED CEO & Founder

@Unleashed_World

Kara Ross is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and an award winning fine jewelry designer whose work is recognized by the White House and art museums across the...

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Katherine McNamara

Actress & Girl Up Champion

@Kat_McNamara

Katherine McNamara is a Girl Up Champion and an up-and-coming young starlet who can currently be seen starring as the lead ‘Clary Fray’ in the brand new Freeform...

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Kathryn D. Karol

Caterpillar Vice President, Global Government & Corporate Affairs

@CaterpillarInc

Karol leads a team of people in federal and state government affairs, international government and public affairs, corporate communications, philanthropy, sustainability...

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Katrina Sousounis

Teen Advisor Alumna

@ksousounis27

Katrina Sousounis is a rising Junior at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, Massachusetts and she has always been passionate about girls and women’s...

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Kelly Schenk

President, University of Pittsburgh Girl Up

Kelly is a rising Junior at the University of Pittsburgh studying Anthropology and Psychology with a minor in Philosophy, in which her coursework is centered...

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Kiera Fair

President, Girl Up Boston Coalition

@kiera_f_46

Kiera is a rising high school senior in Boston, MA, founder and leader of BCCS Girl Up, and President of the Greater Boston Coalition of Girl Up clubs.

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Kris Charles

Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Kellogg Company

@krischarles_K

Kris Charles leads the global Communications, Philanthropy, Sustainability and Government Relations functions for Kellogg Company

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Lauren Bohn

Journalist & SchoolCycle Co-Founder

Lauren Bohn is a multimedia journalist based in Istanbul and co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted, an initiative dedicated to amplifying female voices in...

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Lauren Yang

President & Founder, Girl Up Houston

Lauren Yang, a rising junior at Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Texas, is the president and founder of Girl Up Houston.

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Leah Adelman

Teen Advisor Alumna

Leah’s first involvement in Girl Up was when she biked across America as a fundraiser.

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Lilia Luciano

Investigative Reporter

@lilialuciano

Lilia Luciano is an accomplished investigative journalist, host, documentary film director and producer.

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Liz Riccardi

Digital Design Director at Nylon Magazine

Liz Riccardi is a multidisciplinary creative living in Brooklyn, New York.

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Mari Copeny

Little Miss Flint

@LittleMissFlint

In May of 2016, at the age of 8 years old, Mari wrote a letter to President Barack Obama challenging him to visit Flint, Michigan to see the crisis first hand....

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Meg Schwartz

Teen Advisor Alumna

@MegSchwartz9

Meg Schwartz is a Teen Advisor alumna from the class of 2016-2017.

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Melissa Richmond

Running Start, Vice President

@melisrichmond

Melissa Richmond is Vice President of Running Start, a Washington, DC based nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that trains young women to run for political office....

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Merideth VanSant

True U, Co-Founder

@meredith17, @trueugirls

Merideth VanSant is a founder of True U Girls, and has brought yoga + mindfulness to underserved populations through the United Nations, National Girl Summits,...

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Michael Kimmel

Professor

@MichaelS_Kimmel

Michael Kimmel is one of the world’s leading experts on men and masculinities. He is the SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony...

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Molly Logan

Founder, School of Doodle & Irregular Labs

Molly Logan has spent her career building things – first for artists and now for girls.

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Monique Coleman

Actress & Girl Up Champion

@gimmemotalk

Monique is most recognized as Taylor from Disney’s High School Musical movies, but throughout the years, she’s proven that her passion lies with using...

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Morgan Wood

Upstate New York Coalition Leader

@morgan_chatham

Morgan has been involved with Girl Up since her sophomore year in high school.

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Nehal Jain

DMV Coalition Leader

Nehal Jain started a Girl Up club at her school her freshman year and served as a Girl Up Teen Advisor class of ’14-’15.

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Nishita Barua

Entrepreneur & Girl Up Club Member

@NishiXOX

Nishita Barua, A D.C. Native, grew up just across the bridge in Arlington VA her whole life.

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Nona Jones

President & CEO, The Nona Jones Group

Nona Jones is often described as a modern-day renaissance woman. An accomplished executive with cross-sector experience in private industry, social enterprise,...

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Olena Alec

Program Director - Climate Reality Leadership Corps

@ClimateReality

Olena Alec is the director of Climate Reality Leader engagement for the Climate Reality Leadership Corps team. She is originally from Maui and has a Bachelor’s...

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Olivia Towery

Leader, Acalanes Girl Up Club

Olivia Towery is a rising Senior from Lafayette, California.

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Priya & Winona

Founders of CHOOSE

@princetonchoose

As high school sophomores, Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi co-founded CHOOSE to ensure that all U.S. K-12 administrators, educators, and students develop the historical...

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Sage Adams

Artist

Sage Adams is a 20 year old creative director, curator, and artist currently liivng in Los angeles California.

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Sara Afayee

Creator & Dancer, BoldBeats Fitness

@boldbeatsfitness

Sara Afayee is the creator of BoldBeats Fitness, a DC based fitness company that aims to connect communities together through movement.

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Sarah Tralins

True U Volunteer

@sarahlt__

Sarah Tralins is a Program Assistant at the Global Fairness Initiative, where she supports GFI’s market-based international development projects in Latin America...

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Sarina Divan

Teen Advisor Alumna

@sarinadivan

Three years ago, Sarina founded a Girl Up club at her high school.

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Shayla Zamora

Teen Advisor Alumna

@shaylazamoraa

Shayla Zamora is a sophomore at Suncoast Community High School in Riviera Beach, Florida.

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Simone Cowan

Global Girls Education Advocate

Simone Cowan is a rising junior at the George Washington University with a major in Organizational Sciences and a minor in Business Administration.

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Sophia Danielpour

Teen Advisor Alumna & LA Coalition Leader

@sdanielpour

Sophia Danielpour, a rising junior at Marlborough School in Los Angeles, served as a Teen Advisor for Girl Up from 2016-2017 and is the head of the Los Angeles...

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Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

Girls' Rights Advocate

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau is an engaged advocate for gender equality and a mother of three young children

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Stacey Krawczyk

Senior Nutrition Business Partner

@staceytheRD

Stacey is a Registered Dietitian on the Kellogg’s Nutrition Team. She has been the nutrition expert for Special K since 2011.

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Zachary Kimmel

Student, Advocate

@zachary_kimmel

While in high school, Zachary was heavily involved with social justice and diversity work, serving as the president of Jewish Caucus; Poly’s progressive Jewish...

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Zandra A. Cunningham

Entrepreneur, Girls Rights Activist, International Speaker

@zandrabeauty

Zandra has just recently launched her newest initiatives, Young Mogul Prep School, and The Zandra “TLC”Foundation. One provides coaching to young...

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