This is powerful stuff. What better gift could we give our daughters than to help them be confident, authentic girls now and strong women leaders in the future?

Stacy P.,


Girls Leadership teaches girls the skills to know who they are, what they believe, and how to express it, empowering them to create change in their world.


A society where girls and women engage authentically and assertively at every level of decision making in all areas of their lives.


We structure our work around five central values: Inclusivity, authenticity, integrity, quality, and fun!

What Makes Us Unique?

1) Girls Leadership works not only with girls, but also with their primary influencers – parents, teachers, and caregivers – to create sustainable impact. Studies show parents and teachers to be the most powerful teachers for girls all the way through high school.

2) We put social and emotional learning (SEL) at the foundation of all our leadership development.

3) We see girls’ real-life, every-day relationships with friends and family as the primary opportunity we have to teach girls the leadership skills that will serve them over a life-time: self-advocacy, negotiation, compromise, personal responsibility and conflict as an opportunity for change.


There are 25 million K-12th grade girls in the United States. If you combine the efforts of all national girl-serving organizations, we are only reaching about three million, or about 12% of girls. That means 22 million girls in the US aren’t being reached. Girls Leadership’s bold goal is to close that gap. Girls Leadership is collaborating with other organizations to elevate the girl-serving field, deepen our knowledge, and broaden our reach so that every single one of those 25 million girls has the awareness, skills and confidence to live as everyday leaders.


Our headquarters office is located in Oakland, California and we run in-person programs across the country. Our renowned residential summer program is held at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and our workshops and parent education talks take place across California, Colorado, New Jersey and New York. With our growing library of online resources, we hope to expand our work across geographic, class, and racial boundaries to impact as many girls as possible.


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Pixar’s Inside Out offers the chance for parents and their children to have meaningful and impactful conversations surrounding emotional health.

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One Thing New

Why you should embarrass your kids, and how conflict as an opportunity for change is a radical concept for girls.

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Ronnie’s Awesome List

Ronnie and Simone talked about the pressures on middle school girls, what’s available for boys’ social emotional learning, and our goals to reach 25 million girls.

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KQED: Girls and the Ambition Gap

Hear Co-Founder and Executive Director Simone Marean talk about girls and the ambition gap, with best-selling author Peggy Orenstien and About Face’s Jennifer Berger.

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TEDx Women

Watch Co-Founder Rachel Simmons give a Tedx Talk about girls leadership.