Home / 2019 Leadership… 2019 Leadership Summit Join hundreds of young leaders from across the U.S. and around the world for our 2019 Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. 2019 Leadership Summit OverviewSponsorsSpeakersFAQLocation + LodgingRegister2019 Program FAQ Share Page Registration When can I register? Early bird registration is NOW OPEN ($129): February 26 – March 31 Regular registration ($149): April – June 15 Registration closes on June 15, 2019 or once capacity is reached, whichever comes first. Past years have sold out quickly, with a long wait list. Don’t delay in registering for your spot! Who can attend the Girl Up Leadership Summit? The Leadership Summit is open to students aged 13-22, with a programming especially designed for students in high school. We encourage students of all genders and backgrounds to attend. What does the registration fee include? The registration fee covers the cost of all programming, meals (excluding dinner) and transportation for day of action service. The registration fee does NOT cover your hotel room. You must reserve and pay for your accommodations separately. Are group discounts available? No, there are no discounts available at this time. Why am I unable to register multiple individuals at once? Only one individual can register at a time. This allows Girl Up to capture all the pertinent information for each participant including birthday, t-shirt size, and dietary needs. Can my parent or chaperone register for the Leadership Summit? Due to high demand and youth-centered programming, no parents or adult chaperones may register for or attend the Leadership Summit. Parents with questions or concerns should contact a Girl Up staff member. I can’t afford the registration fee or travel costs. What do I do? Girl Up has a list of ideas to fundraise your way to the Summit! What if my plans change and I can no longer attend the Summit, can my registration fee be refunded? Yes. You can request a refund directly from the Summit registration platform, Eventbrite. All requests for refunds must be submitted by June 1. If you have any issues with receiving your fund, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Can Girl Up sponsor my visa? Girl Up is unable to sponsor any travel visas. If you are traveling to the Summit from outside of the U.S., please plan to secure your visa prior to registering. Hotel The JW Marriott Washington DC is the official hotel of the 2019 Girl Up Leadership Summit. The hotel is in the center of downtown Washington, DC, within walking distance of the National Mall and White House. Attendees booking other accommodations can confirm the details of their stay with the hotel of their choice. What is the hotel room rate? Girl Up has reserved a discounted room block at the JW Marriott with a rate of $239 per night, plus tax. To reserve a room, please book online through Girl Up’s unique link (stay tuned – coming soon) to receive the discounted rate of $239/night, plus tax. How long do I have to book my hotel room at the discounted rate? The discounted room block will be available until Friday, June 21 or until capacity is reached. Stay tuned for a link to book your room with Girl Up’s discounted rate. 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 optional, Girl Up cannot directly match you with other participants and is not responsible for any roommate issues that arise. What is the hotel policy for minors? Minors under the age of 18 cannot check-in to the hotel without a parent or guardian, so please plan accordingly. Additionally, all guests must present a credit card at the time of check-in. Please consult the JW Marriott Washington, D.C. for further details. Program When will programming begin and end? Breakfast will be served before daily programming begins each morning around 8am. Programming will finish at approximately 5 PM each day. We expect attendees to participate in all programming. There will be optional evening events on Monday and Tuesday night for those who wish to better connect with fellow Summit participants. You can see last year’s agenda as an example. When will the program agenda be available? Registered participants will receive emails leading up to the Summit, and a final version of the program will be sent to all participants in early July. Girl Up Community members can find a “sneak peek” of the program in the Summit Hub, featuring speaker announcements and workshop descriptions. You can also see the 2018 Leadership Summit program for an idea of what to expect. What should attendees pack? Dress is casual on Monday and Tuesday. Wear what makes you feel most comfortable and most powerful. Please remember that even though July in Washington D.C. is hot, air conditioning indoors can be chilly. We recommend packing at least one sweater/sweatshirt. On Wednesday, attendees will participate in a “day of action.” Attire will include the official Girl Up Leadership Summit t-shirt and attendees should plan to wear comfortable shoes. More information will be shared in a Participant Packet in the weeks leading up to the event. I am interested or know someone who is interested in speaking at the Summit. Whom do I contact? Please email all speaker-related queries at email@example.com. What are the options to participate in for Day of Action? Storytelling and Communications: Participants will learn how to conceptualize and create compelling stories. The first part of the morning will be spent learning how to develop a story, make a pitch, and hone communication skills. The second part of the day will consist of going to a news outlet to pitch a story. STEM for Social Good: Participants will take a deeper dive into STEM and go through a STEM for Social Good training. They will start off the morning in small groups and be paired with a STEM mentor(s) to build out their solution action plans. Groups will create and practice their pitches, and in the afternoon go off-site to a local tech company to pitch their STEM solutions. Local Community Impact: Participants will explore how community issues disproportionately affect girls and women (homelessness, food desert, domestic violence, climate change, etc.) and will go through a local community impact training to understand how organization address the needs of communities. In small groups, girls will create an initial concept for an action plans to address a local community issue and then go off-site to visit a local community organization, meet with employees and tour the site to understand the operations of the organization, and spend time volunteering to serve the community. Lobby Day: Participants will learn how to have an effective meeting with their members of Congress and understand the importance of advocating for adolescent girls living in places of the world where they don’t have access to education, healthcare, safety, etc. They will be paired into groups by states and taken to Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress to ask them to cosponsor a piece of legislation that focuses on empowering adolescent girls and to tell them more about Girl Up and what their Club is doing back in the district. Transportation How can I get to the Summit? Summit programming will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is a short walking distance from the JW Marriott Hotel. It is also accessible via the Orange, Blue and Silver lines on the D.C. metro, for those who opt to stay elsewhere (Visit www.wmata.com to plan your trip.) What is the closest airport to the Summit? The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport to the Leadership Summit venue and hotel, around 4 miles away. Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI) are both around 30 miles from the venue and sponsored hotel. How will participants get from the airport to the hotel? Transportation from the airport to the hotel will not be provided by Girl Up, but there are several convenient shuttle services, taxis and public transportation options at each airport. You can visit WMATA’s website to learn more about the Washington D.C. metro system and plan your trip. How will participants get to Wednesday’s day of action location? Girl Up will provide free, round-trip shuttles from the Ronald Reagan Building to the designated location. Chaperones Do chaperones need to register and pay? No. Programming has been created specifically for students only. Parents/chaperones that accompany a participant to Washington, DC will not be able to participate in Leadership Summit programming. Will Girl Up be providing chaperones overnight? Official programming concludes each day around 5pm. Girl Up will not provide chaperones for Leadership Summit attendees after scheduled programming has ended. Do underage participants need a chaperone? Girl Up does not require minors to attend Leadership Summit with a chaperone. Any chaperones traveling with Summit attendees will not be able to participate in Summit programming, but are free to drop off/pick up participants at the registration area and check-in with the participant by phone as needed. Financial Assistance Financial Aid applications are now CLOSED. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by the end of March. Can I apply for financial assistance? Applications for financial assistance to support travel costs to register for and attend the Summit are now closed. What is the deadline to be considered for financial assistance? The deadline to apply for need-based financial assistance was February 15, 2019. Girl Up cannot consider applications after this date. When will I know if I have been awarded financial assistance? Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis, at the latest by the end of March. Financial assistance is need-based, which means that funds are granted based on attendees’ ability to afford Summit-related expenses. Does Girl Up make travel and accommodation arrangements for those who receive financial assistance? No. Every attendee is personally responsible for booking her/his own travel and hotel. Girl Up does have a hotel block which will provide attendees a room for a discounted rate (see “Hotel” section, above).