First Lady Michelle Obama to Speak at the Girl Up Leadership Summit

Summit is bringing together 225 girls from 29 States, 11 countries to learn from each other & advocate for girls globally July 13-15 in Washington, DC


July 10, 2015

What: First Lady Michelle Obama will speak at the Girl Up Leadership Summit as part of her Let Girls Learn initiative. In the audience will be more than 225 young female leaders representing 29 states and 11 countries. The Girl Up Leadership Summit is a three day event hosted by Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign. The theme of the summit is “Stand Up. Speak Up. Rise Up.” and girls will build the confidence to seize the moment, learn the skills to make their voices heard, and finally take their message to Capitol Hill.

The First Lady’s keynote comes on the second day of the Girl Up Leadership Summit. She will be speaking about the initiative and the importance of expanding access to education for adolescent girls around the world. Immediately following her remarks there will be a panel discussion on the importance of education with several dedicated advocates. Girl Up is an official partner of Let Girls Learn.                                                                  


W Washington DC

Great Room

515 15th Street NW

Washington, DC

The Summit will also be livestreamed at


July 13-14, 2015

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

*First Lady will speak on Tuesday, July 14 at 11:00 AM*


First Lady Michelle Obama

Melissa Hillebrenner, Director, Girl Up campaign

Kat Graham, UNHCR High Profile Supporter, actress known for her role in Vampire Diaries

Monique Coleman, UN Youth Champion, actress known for her role in High School Musical

Dr. Anju Malhotra, Principal Advisor, Gender and Development, UNICEF

Megan Grassell, Teenage CEO and Founder of Yellowberry, a bra company for young girls

Elizabeth Plank, Senior Editor, Mic

Kathryn Dickey Karol, Vice President, Global Government & Corporate Affairs, Caterpillar, Inc.

Girl Up Teen Advisors and teens from across the country

Click here to view additional speakers.

More: For additional information on the Girl Up Leadership Summit click here.

RSVP: This event is open press, but space is limited. Media must RSVP with the name, position (Reporter, TV Camera, Photographer, etc.) media outlet, phone and email for each person planning to cover the event to or by phone at 202.370.8090 by Monday, July 13, 2015, at 6:00 PM EST. Media receiving credentials to cover the remarks will receive a confirmation email of their RSVP.