2020 Leadership Summit

Join hundreds of young leaders from across the U.S. and around the world for our 2020 Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.


Get all the information you need about financial aid, the official hotel, and registration here!


  1. When can I register?

    Check back for early bird registration soon! ($129)
    Regular registration ($149): April – June 15
    Registration closes on June 15, 2020 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Are group discounts available?

    No, there are no discounts available at this time.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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 events@girlup.org.
  9. 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.


The JW Marriott Washington DC is the official hotel of the 2020 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.

  1. 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.
  2. How long do I have to book my hotel room at the discounted rate?
    Stay tuned for more information on how and when to book your room with Girl Up’s discounted rate.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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 2019 Leadership Summit program for an idea of what to expect.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 events@girlup.org.
  5. What are the options to participate in for Day of Action?

    Stay tuned! The Girl Up team is putting together a high impact Day of Action for attendees!


  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  1. Can I apply for financial assistance?
    Yes, Girl Up has limited need-based funds to help assist with attending the Leadership Summit. Apply here.
  2. What is the deadline to be considered for financial assistance?
    The deadline to apply for need-based financial assistance was February 1, 2020. Girl Up cannot consider applications after this date.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).