Girls Build Leadership Summit
Due to unprecedented demand, the LA Promise Fund created its first ever Girls Build Leadership Summit. Ten thousand girls attended the Summit, held at the LA Convention Center on December 15th. We were deeply honored and incredibly excited to welcome former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on stage. 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 was joined by Senator Kamala Harris, who wrote about her experience at the event. Accomplished professionals in the technology and entertainment sectors also took to the stage. They included 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.
The event was a resounding success, with girls saying
“I’m so excited to be here. We’re surrounded by so many girls willing to make a change. It gives me hope: I hope that we can create change for all of our communities.”
– Shayna Sanders, member of the Girls Build team Change Agents
“Girls Build should keep empowering girls. The US population is majority female, but 80% of our politicians are male — events like this will help change that.”
– Luz Mendez, member of the Girls Build team Change Agents
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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.