Leadership Summit Blog

  • Crash Course: Packing For Summit
    Crash Course: Packing For Summit
    COMFORTABLE SHOES (there will be lots of walking) Any medicine you need! (If you get headaches like me remember that ibuprofen).  Umbrella (although the weather looks good for Summit, you never know when it could rain in DC) Phone/phone charger  Socks, pajamas, and underwear (sounds silly, but it is one of the most forgotten items when packing)  ... more...
  • Highlighted Speakers: Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley
    Highlighted Speakers: Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley
    Today, we are highlighting: Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley Congresswoman Pressley will be a Keynote Speaker at Summit. We are super excited to learn about her groundbreaking career in politics. She was the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council in its 100-year history and is the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in ... more...
  • Highlighted Speaker: Charlotte Flair
    Highlighted Speaker: Charlotte Flair
    Today, we are highlighting: Charlotte Flair. Charlotte Flair will be leading a workshop at Summit! We are super excited for her to come, so we can learn about her career as a woman in sports. Flair is a WWE superstar, author, and actress. She became the 2014 NXT Women’s Champion and since then has become a champion time and time again. Flair was one of the key ... more...
  • Highlighted Speaker: Ambassador Melanne Verveer
    Highlighted Speaker: Ambassador Melanne Verveer
    Summit is fast approaching and our speakers were announced last week! Today we are highlighting on our speakers: Ambassador Melanne Verveer . We are so excited to welcome Ambassador Verveer because she is a passionate advocate and leader for women’s issues. Ambassador Verveer has had many accomplishments, but here are some of our favorites: she ... more...
  • INSPIRE Sessions
    INSPIRE Sessions
    Get ready for INSPIRE sessions! One of the most engaging parts of the Leadership Summit, INSPIRE sessions is one of the times that you  can present to your fellow Summit attendees on a topic of your choosing relating to gender equality. As an INSPIRE session leader, you'll lead 3 rounds that are 20 minutes each (so an hour total) to a group of about ten ... more...
  • GENDER EQUITY NEWS UPDATE: Equal Playing Field
    GENDER EQUITY NEWS UPDATE: Equal Playing Field
    Advocating for gender equity in sport and breaking world records along the way, grassroots organization Equal Playing Field is challenging the inequalities female athletes face around the world. Formed in 2017, Equal Playing Field is a not-for-profit organization advocating for gender equality in sport and breaks gender stereotypes, ... more...
  • Get Fired Up For STEM At The Leadership Summit
    Get Fired Up For STEM At The Leadership Summit
    A little bit of inspiration from recent groundbreaking news event involving women in STEM: Women in STEM is not new, it is not revolutionary and just as we deserve a seat in the room where any decision is being made, we deserve a space where innovation is happening. This week the first picture of a black hole was recorded by a woman, Katie Bouman. Since ... more...
  • 5 Ways To Celebrate International Women's Day
    5 Ways To Celebrate International Women's Day
    Five actions to celebrate International Women's Day and the amazing women around you. Also included, quotes from last year's Leadership Summit speakers.   We have seen the past year be referred to as the “Year of the Women”, fired up through political feats, commercials, artists and more, this energy has created an extra special feeling of unity on ... more...
  • 3 Things Girl Up HQ Is Most Excited About the 2019 Girl Up Leadership Summit
    3 Things Girl Up HQ Is Most Excited About the 2019 Girl Up Leadership Summit
    1. It will be the most globally represented Girl Up Leadership Summit ever! You read that right. This year, Girl Up is excited to welcome more than 400 youth passionate activists from around the globe. We're excited to welcome old and new faces to Girl Up and what better way to spread the message about Girl Up than by having girls represent different ... more...
  • What to Expect at the 2018 Girl Up Leadership Summit
    What to Expect at the 2018 Girl Up Leadership Summit
    Blog by: Kiera Fair, President of the Girl Up Boston Coalition & President and Founder of BCCS Girl Up, the 2016-2017 Club of the Year I first attended the Girl Up Leadership Summit in 2016, not really knowing what I was getting into. I had never been to any big conventions or multi-day events before, so I really didn’t know what to expect. At the time, I had ... more...
  • Life Changing Experiences and Inspiring People at the Girl Up Summit
    Life Changing Experiences and Inspiring People at the Girl Up Summit
    Hey Girl Up Community!! The Leadership Summit has been one of the highlights of my summers over the past 4 years. This transformative and empowering experience has definitely had a significant impact on who I am today and what I stand for. Over the course of the years, I have gotten a chance to meet AMAZING girls, hear from INCREDIBLE speakers, attend ... more...
  • Looking Back At The Girl Up Leadership Summit 2017
    Looking Back At The Girl Up Leadership Summit 2017
    Hi Girl Up Community! As the 2018 Girl Up Leadership Summit approaches, I would like to look back on my first Leadership Summit in 2017! The summit is truly a transformative and informative three days-- you get to spend time in Washington D.C. with girls from across the world, who will become some of your closest feminist allies, participate in ... more...
  • My experience last summit
    My experience last summit
    Last year’s summit was one of the most amazing experiences. My favorite part was listening to all of the panels and seeing so many women of color thriving in STEM fields and being passionate about issues that are affecting the world. The number of influential people that were present was also very exciting because it was my first opportunity to really ... more...
  • My 2017 Leadership Summit Experience
    My 2017 Leadership Summit Experience
    The 2018 Leadership Summit is approaching very quickly and it makes me look back to my first Summit last year. I clearly remember all my excitement, but also nervousness I felt as the date approached, but when it finally did all I felt was happiness. It felt amazing being in a room surrounded by so many passionate girls (and boys) who truly valued the ... more...
  • Looking Back On My First Leadership Summit
    Looking Back On My First Leadership Summit
    As the Girl Up Leadership Summit 2018 is quickly approaching, I can’t help but think back on my time at the 2013 Leadership Summit - my first summit. The three day summit went by so fast, and I wish it was longer! The Leadership Summit is an amazing opportunity to meet passionate and enthusiastic girls from all over the world. It is a place for all types of ... more...
  • 3 Things I’m Looking Forward To At The 2018 Leadership Summit
    3 Things I’m Looking Forward To At The 2018 Leadership Summit
    By: Melissa Hillebrenner Kilby As the 2018 Girl Up Leadership Summit approaches, I can’t help but think what the future holds for girls around the world.  The 7th annual Girl Up Leadership Summit will be held from July 8 – 11 and will host more than 350 girls! This three-day jam packed event will sharpen your leadership skills, give you the opportunity ... more...
  • Friends, Fun And Intersectional Feminism At The Girl Up Leadership Summit
    Friends, Fun And Intersectional Feminism At The Girl Up Leadership Summit
    By: Samiha Rao Last year, I thought I was the only girl in my community that cared about women and girls’ rights and helping young females gain equality. I wasn’t surrounded by people who were as passionate about feminism as I was, but that all changed at the 2016 Girl Up Leadership Summit. I arrived in Washington, D.C. in mid-July and as soon as I walked in ... more...