2018 Leadership Summit

Join hundreds of young leaders from across the U.S. and around the world for our 2018 Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington D.C.



  1. What does the registration fee include?
    The registration fee covers the cost for all programming, as well as breakfast and lunch Monday through Wednesday and transportation to Capitol Hill for lobby day. The registration fee does NOT cover your hotel room. You must reserve and pay for your accommodations separately.
  2. I cannot afford the registration fee, what do I do?
    Financial assistance and scholarship applications closed January 10 2018. Check out our ideas to fundraise your way to the Summit.
  3. 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 information necessary for each participant including birthday, t-shirt size, and dietary preference.
  4. When does early bird registration end?
    The early bird rate of $129 is available to those who register by April 1. Regular registration is open following April 1 at a rate of $149 until registration closes on May 2, or until we reach capacity.
  5. When does registration close?
    Registration closes on May 2 or until capacity is reached. This is a sold-out event, and we have had a wait list in past years.
  6. Are group discounts available?
    No, we do not have discounts available at this time.
  7. 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. Refunds will be available until June 8. If you have any issues with receiving your fund, please reach out to events@girlup.org.
  8. Can my parent or chaperone register for the Leadership Summit?
    No, due to high demand and youth-driven programming, no parents or adult chaperones are allowed to register for or attend the Leadership Summit. Parents with any questions or concerns should contact a Girl Up staff member.
  9. Can Girl Up help me get a visa?
    Girl Up is unable to sponsor any travel visas. If you are attending from a country outside the U.S. make arrangements to secure your visa prior to registering.


  1. Which hotel is best for attendees?
    The JW Marriott Washington DC is the official hotel of the 2018 Girl Up Leadership Summit. The hotel is in the center of downtown D.C. with both the National Mall and White House within walking distance. To reserve a room, please book online using this link to receive the discounted rate of $239/night, plus tax.
  2. Where will the Summit take place?
    Summit programming will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC. The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is a short walking distance from the JW Marriott Hotel. It is also metro accessible via the Orange, Blue and Silver lines, for those who opt to stay elsewhere (wmata.com).
  3. 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.
  4. How long do I have to book my hotel room?
    The discounted room block will be available until June 15 or until capacity is reached. Book your room here.
  5. 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 at-will, Girl Up cannot directly match you with other participants and is not responsible for any roommate issues that arise.
  6. What is the hotel policy for minors?
    Minors under the age of 18 cannot check-in 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 DC for further details.


  1. Who can/should attend the Girl Up Leadership Summit best?
    Participants must be students between the ages of 13-22 to register. We encourage all genders from middle school, high school, and college to attend!
  2. When will programming begin and end?
    Breakfast will be served before daily programming begins each morning. Programming will finish at approximately 5 PM on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We expect attendees to participate in all programming. There will be optional evening programming both Monday and Tuesday nights for those who wish to better connect with fellow summit participants.
  3. When will the final program be available?
    Registered participants will receive periodic emails leading up to the Summit, and a final version of the program will be sent to all participants in early July. You can find sneak peek information about the program in the Summit Hub in the Girl Up Community, such as speaker announcements and workshop descriptions. You can also look at the 2017 Leadership Summit program for an idea of what to expect.
  4. What should attendees pack?
    Monday and Tuesday dress is casual. Wear what makes you feel most comfortable and most powerful. Please remember that even though July in Washington, D.C. is hot, hotel air conditioning can be chilly. We recommend packing at least one sweater/sweatshirt. Wednesday dress is business casual. Participants will wear the Girl Up t-shirt and should plan to wear a professional skirt and/or pants on the bottom. Comfortable shoes on Wednesday is a must! You will do a lot of walking on lobby day
  5. I am interested, or know someone who is interested in speaking at the Summit. Who do I contact?
    Please email us all speaker inquiries at events@girlup.org.


  1. What is the closest airport to the Summit?
    The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)  the closest airport to the Leadership Summit venue and hotel, around 4 miles away. Additionally, Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI) are both around 30 miles from the hotel and venue
  2. How will participants get from the airport to the hotel?
    Transportation from the airport to the hotel is the responsibility of the participant and will not be provided by Girl Up. There are various convenient shuttle services and public transportation options, as well as taxi stands offered at each airport. Visit Wmata.com to learn more about the Washington DC metro system and plan your trip from the airport.
  3. How will participants get to Capitol Hill on Lobby Day?
    Girl Up will provide shuttles from the Ronald Reagan Building to Capitol Hill and back at the end of the day at no additional costs to participants


  1. Will Girl Up be providing chaperones overnight?
    No, Girl Up is unable to chaperone Leadership Summit attendees after official programming ends each day around 5pm.
  2. Do underage participants need a chaperone?
    Girl Up does not require minors to attend the summit with a chaperone. However, unchaperoned participants are required to complete and submit a permission slip which will be emailed a month in advance of the summit. Any chaperones that do accompany participants Washington, D.C. will not be able to participate in Leadership Summit, but will be able to check-in with the participant by phone as needed during any programming and will be able to drop off/pick up participants at the registration area..
  3. Do chaperones need to register and pay?
    No. Programming has been created specifically for students only. Any parents/chaperones that accompany a participant to Washington, D.C. will not be able to participate in Leadership Summit programming.

Financial Assistance

  1. When will I know if I have been awarded financial assistance?
    Those who have submitted a request for financial assistance have already been notified. Financial assistance is need-based, which means that funds are granted based on attendees’ ability to afford Summit-related expenses. Girl Up staff determined all financial assistance. Financial assistance applications closed January 10, 2018.
  2. What is the deadline to be considered for financial assistance?
    The financial aid deadline has already passed.
  3. 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 above).