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.


Alice Skinner

Illustrator and visual media artist

Alice is an illustrator and visual media artist.

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Bethel Kyeza

#DreamBigPrincess Filmmaker

I’m a confident and passionate 16 year old girl who is currently studying. I started one of the few girl up club in London and I was a girl up club leader in...

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Charlie Webster

Broadcaster and Activist


Charlie is an experienced broadcaster across TV and Radio, as well as an advocate and campaigner and advises the Ministry of Justice on Domestic and Sexual abuse,...

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Claire Barnett

Executive Director

Claire Barnett is Executive Director of UN Women NC UK. Prior to joining the organisation as Head of Strategy and Partnerships, she was at McKinsey as a Management...

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Farah Mohamed

CEO, Malala Fund


“As Chief Executive Officer, Farah leads Malala Fund’s work to create a world where every girl can learn and lead. Prior to joining Malala Fund, Farah...

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Grace Campbell

Comedian and activist

Grace is a comedian and activist.

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Hannah Witton

Blogger and Author


“Hannah Witton is an award-winning online creator and author, with her videos attracting 45 million views and 500k subscribers to her official YouTube channel....

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Honey Ross

Film maker and activist

Honey is a filmmaker and activist.

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Laura Padoan

External Relations Officer


Laura has been a spokesperson and campaigner for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, for over a decade. She works on parliamentary advocacy and communications on UK...

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Lisa Meng

Director, Corporate Social Impact

Lisa is a director on Oath’s Corporate Social Impact team, Oath for Good. She currently oversees brand partnerships and Oath Foundation strategy and operations....

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Maud Webster

#DreamBigPrincess Filmmaker


Maud is involved in Girl Up through both leadership of her recently established local group, Girl Up Norwich, and the #DreamBig Disney campaign; enthusiastic...

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Phoebe Sennett

Girl Up Coalition Leader

Phoebe Sennett was a Club Leader who helped set up the first Girl Up Campus Club in Scotland. She is now continuing to volunteer for Girl Up as their Regional...

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Saba Asif


I am a 17 year old youth political inclusion activist, a face that wanders through the House of Commons in awe now and then trying to figure out the triumphs...

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Scarlett Curtis

Author, Curator "Feminists Don't Wear Pink"


“Scarlett Curtis started blogging when she was 14 and has been writing ever since. Scarlett is the curator of the Sunday Times Bestseller Feminists Don’t...

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Toni Bamisaye

Girl Up Teen Advisor

I am a 17 year old girl from London who is proud to be Teen Advisor for Girl Up.

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Tsedenia Asrress

Team Strong Member

From London, United Kingdom. Team Strong member, gender equality advocate. I care about girls rights because many girls around the world are suffering due to...

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Brea Baker

Brea Baker currently serves as the Program and Youth Engagement Coordinator at The Gathering for Justice and Executive Assistant to Carmen Perez, Executive Director at The Gathering for Justice. Brea has been involved with youth activism for years as the President of Yale’s Chapter of the NAACP where her focus was juvenile justice through campaigns such as raising the age in CT, mandatory memorandums of understanding in school, and against police brutality in New Haven. Brea joined Justice League NYC and supporting research and graphic design teams as well as facilitating know your rights workshops. Following the election of Trump, Brea began working with the Women’s March, as their youngest national organizer, focusing on partnerships, college mobilization, and logistics. In her current role at The Gathering for Justice Brea oversees the young women’s leadership institute, juvenile detention center programming, monthly trainings, and all youth organizing.

Julie Carrier

Seen on NBC’s Today Show and in The New York Times and Boston Globe, Julie Carrier is a global authority on leadership development for girls. As the CEO of Girls Lead Worldwide, Julie is leading a movement to “empower those who empower girls and empower girls to empower each other.” She is a Fellow at the Institute of Coaching at McLean/Harvard Medical School and the #1 National Bestselling Author of Girls Lead and her national award-winning book on mind/body/self-esteem for girls, BeYOUtiful. Known affectionately as the “Girl Whisperer,” Julie specializes in translating current best-practice research into applied learning experiences that engage girls and, most importantly, have lasting impact. Learn more at: www.girlslead.com

Monique Coleman

Monique Coleman is most recognized as Taylor McKessie from the tremendously successful High School Musical franchise, as well as the 4th place contestant on season 3 of ABC’s hit show, Dancing with the Stars. Monique was named the first ever United Nations Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth. Coleman worked closely on projects with UNFPA, UNICEF, UNESCO, USAID, and UN Foundation as well as many local and youth led organizations. Coleman is a Peace One Day Ambassador and is committed to promoting peace and tolerance globally. She is the Founder, CEO, and Executive Producer Gimmemo.com, an online talk show that empowers youth through safe conversation about issues pertinent to their development.

Brooklyn and Bailey McKnight

Brooklyn and Bailey McKnight are stand‐out artists and positive teen role models with a massive digital footprint that reaches over 8M followers daily. The Texas‐based, identical twins originally surfaced on YouTube as models for their mother, Mindy McKnight’s, flagship DIY channel Cute Girls Hairstyles, a visually extraordinary series that showcases the art of hair design. The twins quickly became their own personalities and launched a vlog channel in 2013 with a focus on family‐friendly lifestyle and teen interests. Brooklyn and Bailey kicked off 2017 with the announcement of their entrance into the music industry. The twins were also named Champions of the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Initiative, which advocates for the education, health and safety of girls across the world.

Kate Parker

KATE T. PARKER is a mother, wife, Ironman, and professional photographer who shoots both personal projects and commercial work for her clients. Her STRONG IS THE NEW PRETTY photo series led to collaborations with brands such as Disney, Athleta, Kellogg’s, and Oxygen. It has also inspired Kate to launch a philanthropic arm of SITNP, partnering with organizations such as Girls on the Run, Girl Up, The Arthur Blank Family Foundation, Disney, Glam4Good, and The Bully Project by investing in girls’ health and education. Strong is the New Pretty was also adapted for a book with Workman Publishing and became a national bestseller as well as selling overseas. Additional books will be published with Workman in 2018, 2019, and 2020.