Change Your World: Keds Brave Life Grant Winner Emily Cole

This Fall, Keds gave away fifty $1,000 grants to help young women ages 13-24 bring their dream change projects to life. Emily Cole, a Girls Leadership Summer Program alumna, was one of the grant recipients.

How did you hear about the Keds Brave Life Project? I actually heard about the Keds Brave Life Project from the Girls Leadership Institute Facebook page! My mom directed me to the post and I thought, “What could it hurt? Only good could come from it.” What goal for change do you have for your …

Orientation, Also Known as an Introvert’s Nightmare

Celeste Barnaby shares her experience as an introvert during her first week as a college freshman.

Most colleges have an orientation period before classes start where freshman move in and spend a couple days getting situated, learning about the school, and meeting their peers. There are usually a lot of cool events that you can choose to attend at your leisure. This is your chance to make a first impression and …

Dear Friends, I just returned from an amazing experience at the Keds’ Brave Life Summit, re-inspired to seize the opportunity of the back-to-school season. The Summit included an amazing lineup of speakers, including GLI co-founder Rachel Simmons, Fusion host Alicia Menendez, Tony winner Sarah Jones, and our own GLI educator, Maxine Lyle. All of these women shared personal stories with …

Being Brave Around the World

Juli Velez, our New York Outreach Intern, writes about taking risks and embracing change. She shares with us how traveling has given her invaluable experiences that have shaped her into the brave young woman she is today.

When you move to a new city it becomes routine to have generic, “get to know you” conversations with strangers, old friends, and new roommates as you attempt to create a new home for yourself. Some exchanges become more meaningful than others, but all allow you to navigate through the unfamiliarity of a new environment. …

Dear Friends, Thank you for your incredible support! Together you donated $65,000, enough to bring a record 58 girls to our three-week Summer Program. Because of you, the Girls Leadership Institute community is stronger, more diverse, and more inclusive than ever before. I can’t imagine a better foundation for the future of leadership.To catch a glimpse of the summer …

Dear Friends, Summer is here, and girls are  out of school. In Denver, our Day Camps are already in full swing, with more to follow in Boulder, Berkeley, and Palo Alto. In one week, our overnight camp kicks off at Mount Holyoke College. If you’ve been thinking of supporting our scholarship fund, this is the …

Dear Friends, Happy Mothers’ Day month! We have a special place in our hearts for the incredible moms in our community. Girls Leadership Institute (GLI) moms are our dynamic, daily faces of leadership; they bring our programs to their schools and communities, raise funds for us to provide scholarships and build capacity, and, most importantly, work hard …

Dear Friends, I want you to meet Amani. When she signed up for our spring break day camp three years ago, we were immediately taken with her quiet wisdom and passion for self-improvement.The feeling was clearly mutual: Amani fell in love with the freedom to be yourself that the Girls Leadership Institute community creates. By eighth grade, Amani set her sights on our three-week …

Ban Bossy

High schooler Nisa Kahn interviewed her Associate Principal, members of her school’s Student Leadership, and our own Ms Starr about the controversial Ban Bossy Campaign.

Sometimes, a little word can make a huge impact. “I think it can be very difficult for women to be in leadership positions,” says  Bloomfield Hills High School (BHHS) Associate Principal Margaret Schultz about how the word ‘bossy’ contributes to the negative labeling of female leaders. “Sometimes I feel like I am out of place …