(Teen Advisors after the White House tour)
What do High School Musical, a private wealth advisor, and “philanthro-teens” have in common?
The first ever Girl Up Leadership Summit! Celebrities, female leaders, and more than 100 fabulous young women from across the country came together last weekend to learn about their peers in developing countries and gain the tools necessary to support them.
For me and the rest of the Teen Advisors, the events started on Friday when we had the honor of visiting the White House, participating in meetings with congressional staffers, and meeting organizational partners at Girl Up’s Partner Summit.
On Saturday, teens both directed and attended workshops and presentations concentrating on developing leadership skills in their communities and schools to help with fundraising, advocacy, communications and event planning.
Panelists Cassandra Butts (Millennium Challenge Corp), Betty Hudson (National Geographic Society), and Angela Mwanza (UBS Private Wealth Management), discussed their personal challenges and accomplishments as leaders in their fields, in addition to sharing advice on how to succeed in careers, relationships and families.
The girl power continued as speakers Sarah Hurwitz (Senior Assistant to the President) and Monique Coleman of High School Musical blew the audience away with their inspirational stories and calls to action.
One of my favorite parts of the entire weekend was the surprise video chat with the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
We were honored to “meet” these incredible, bright, kind, talented and powerful young women who we found out were just like us!