Girls Build Leadership Summit
Due to unprecedented demand, the LA Promise Fund has created its first ever Girls Build Leadership Summit. Ten thousand girls will attend the Summit, held at the LA Convention Center on December 15th. We are deeply honored and incredibly excited to announce that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be our keynote speaker. Hillary Clinton, an individual who decided early in her career that she wanted to devote her life to improving the lives of others, embodies so much of what Girls Build is about. She is sure to make this an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime event for thousands of excited, curious young women.
She will be joined by Senator Kamala Harris. Accomplished professionals in the technology and entertainment sectors will also be part of the program, including Moj Mahdara, CEO of Beautycon; Bozoma Saint John, Chief Brand Officer at Uber; Beatriz Acevedo, founder of mitú; Tara Deveaux, Chief Marketing Officer at BBDO; and Christy Haubegger, Agent at CAA and Founder of Latina magazine.
Why Girls Build?
In 2015, women held 25% of all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) occupations; Latinas and Black women held only 1% and 3% of these jobs, respectively. Early exposure to STEM content and building skills like critical analysis and project management are key to closing the gender gap in STEM fields and the economy at large.
Girls Build, an initiative run by the LA Promise Fund, challenges young women from public middle and high schools to use STEM principles and 21st Century learning skills to effect social change. Girls Build activates young women to engage with the issues they care about, and prepares them to solve the problems of tomorrow.