Three years ago, I attended an event at the Weisman Art Museum on the University of Minnesota campus hosted by the Center for Girls’ Leadership – a small-but-mighty nonprofit dedicated to inspiring girls today to lead tomorrow. I immediately wanted to get involved, but – considering my hectic college senior schedule – I put my name on the sure-I’d-love-to-help-someday list and put it on the back burner. As the year went on, I made sure to keep in touch periodically with the executive director, Alex Young, in the hopes I’d be able to fully commit to the organization one day.
Flash forward to May 2015: Graduation, a job offer from Bellmont Partners and a mountain of free time previously reserved for papers and projects. I emailed Alex yet again asking if she needed help with the CGL. She obliged, this time asking me to join the board and help her grow the organization. I’ve been on the board of directors for almost two years and, now in our sixth year, we’re striving to cultivate meaningful relationships with a diverse group of incredible women across the Twin Cities. This past weekend, we hosted a new event called Girls in Media. The goal was to create an experience geared toward helping girls create their own values-based messaging as an alternative to many of the negative stereotypes and images they’re served in TV shows, movies, music and more. The girls created Instagram stories, wrote an outline for a print newspaper article, brainstormed new CGL programs and ways to market them, and stretched their leadership and confidence skills by presenting their work at the end of the event.