15 Oct The Girls Build Summit 2018: A Recap
We did it! Thanks to our sponsors’ generous support, the Girls Build Summit was an immense success and an inspiration to everyone who attended. Ten thousand high school girls were moved by keynote speaker Shonda Rhimes, who called on them to use their voices and votes to make change in their own lives and communities, explaining, “The only lasting way to make change is through the political process. Go back into your community and gather your own tribe” and vote.
Delaney Tarr and Kyrah Simon, survivors of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, encouraged their student peers to become activists in an invigorating panel discussion with CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla. Tarr explained, “What is activism? Pursuing your passion, finding that one thing that matters to you and putting your energy into making it better.” Simon elaborated, “Activism is using your humanity. Open your eyes and see that other people’s struggles are your struggles.”
A powerful performance from singer-songwriter Daya thrilled and energized the crowd. After she performed, Daya told me personally she was proud to let her music be an inspiration to the 10,000 girls in the audience.
Actress Rhyon Brown hosted the event with verve and charm, which also featured additional guests such as radio personality Patty Rodriguez and actress Grace Parra.
Thanks to our partners When We All Vote and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s office, we registered over 600 girls in a single day, making the Girls Build Summit the largest voter registration event in the nation. And thank you to the LA County Board of Supervisors, LA County CEO Sachi Hamai, and the LA County Registrar/County Clerk Dean Logan for all of your support.
See more pictures here to relive more of the day.