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.


A’Dorian Murray-Thomas

Founder & CEO, SHE Wins Inc.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Becca Bean

Teen Advisor Alumna


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

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Brooklyn & Bailey



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


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


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


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


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


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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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


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)


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


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


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



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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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

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Melissa Richmond

Running Start, Vice President


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



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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Shayla Zamora

Teen Advisor Alumna


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


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


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


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


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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