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EmpowHer Girls Academy Kick Off

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Our Kick-Off Event for the start of the school year was an opportunity for parents to hear more about EmpowHer and the vision behind our Girls Academy program. The girls wrote down one characteristic that they love about themselves and shared it with the class. They also got to say one thing they liked about someone else in the class, which excited the girls! Each girl got to share one characteristic she loves about herself with her parents and the class. This was followed by Keyonna, our Program Director and Jessica, our Program Coordinator presenting the benefits of the EmpowHer program. They went over what the girls will get to be a part of through EmpowHer and the important role that our parents play in the program. The school year is off to a great start!

We also got to launch our Giving Tuesday campaign at the Kick Off! Starting this Tuesday, we’re going to be highlighting an EmpowHer girl or teacher every Tuesday. You’ll get to hear more about their stories, passions, and what they love about EmpowHer! Look out for our hashtags #EmpowHeredtoGive, #GiveTodayChangeTheirTomorrow, and #GivingTuesday for our Giving Tuesday campaign on Facebook and Instagram!


Mount Saint Mary’s University Women’s Leadership Conference

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For the second year our CEO, Betty LaMarr has joined MSMU as a speaker in the 2017 Women’s Leadership Conference. She was joined by a group of powerful women who were empowering as panelists at Mount Saint Mary’s University Women’s Leadership Conference.  Asha Dahya, Megan Sette, Keisha Nix, Luz Rivas, Betty LaMarr. They brought the topic alive: The Power of We: Fueling Conscious Communities. We believe that it is important for everyone to become part of the community and show concern for your fellow citizens. Whether you volunteer, advocate for change, ensure that there is justice and equity for all or donate, there is something for everyone, was the message.


STEAM Summer Camp with Lucas Scholars

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EmpowHer Institute girls from two partner schools participated in a week long science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) program. We partnered with
Lucas Scholars. The program is a one week STEAM and project-based learning camp known as Lucas Scholars. The mission of Lucas Scholars is to provide under-served students access and experience with innovative technology that supports joy and exploration. The program is free of charge, offers access to mentors and asks that students work together, have fun and view themselves as scholars.

On the final day the students had an exhibit of their projects. We were so proud of the team work and creativity of our girls from Environmental Charter Middle School-Inglewood and Gardena. They created projects that defied gravity and saved marine animals. I was pleased to hear them say that they learned a lot from their failures. What an opportunity for our girls!

Proud of Our Graduates

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We celebrated a milestone for EmpowHer Institute – the high school graduation of our EmpowHer Leaders Academy members. They are the first cohort of girls, that participated in our EmpowHer Girls Academy since 7th grade, to graduate from high school. We are extremely proud of these young ladies. They are incredibly self-aware, confident and focused. We know that they will go on to accomplish great things in college and beyond. For, the best is yet to come.

We also celebrated the culmination of our 8th grade EmpowHer Girls Academy (EGA) participants. These girls have participated in EGA since the 7th grade. They have shown tremendous growth over the past two years. Many transforming from shy girls with insecurities and self-doubt to bold young ladies who are confident in themselves and their abilities. This transformation was eloquently articulated by EGA participant, Megan Zamora, during her culmination speech (see video).

Urban Wealth Management Community Partner Spotlight

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It is so great to have a community partner like Urban Wealth Management (UWM) and their team of professional women, Rene’ Nourse and Diane Manuel. They are a company that truly leads by example. We are grateful that they support the work EmpowHer Institute does for teen girls. Financial literacy is important for women and girls. UWM hosted a conference in January, New Year, New You where they covered many of these topics and made EmpowHer Institute one of the beneficiaries of the proceeds from ticket sales. This month they are featuring our CEO, Betty LaMarr in their newsletter on the topic of “Your Life, Your Legacy”. Full article can be read here: UWM Newsletter.

The mission of Urban Wealth Management is to provide a supportive and secure environment where women are encouraged to explore and learn to become more savvy with their money.

Thank you for believing in the teen girls who participate in the EmpowHer Girls Academy and the EmpowHer team who serves them.

Diane Manuel, CFP

Rene’ Nourse, Managing Director

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Amber Rasberry in Community Service Spotlight

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As most of you know, we have some of the most incredible volunteers in Los Angeles! Amber Rasberry is one of those volunteers who is featured in the Community Service Spotlight by one of her professional organizations, Colour Entertainment Group. Lionsgate executive Amber Rasberry is a Co-Facilitator for the EmpowHer Leaders Academy, the Saturday program that supports 20-25 high schoolers from the 9th to 12th grades.  Please take a minute to read Amber’s interview that highlights the work we do at EmpowHer: Colour Entertainment Newsletter. The post is also on our Facebook page.

We are very proud of Amber and appreciate all that she does to develop the girls in the EmpowHer Leaders Academy. This is a program for high school girls that takes place every third Saturday of the month providing career and college readiness, mentors and leadership skills.

Colour Entertainment Group is a non profit organization dedicated to maximizing the potential of executives of color who work in the entertainment industry. Through networking events, educational seminars, speaker series and mentoring, we  engage, connect and support diverse executives who will continue to be successful in the ever changing media world. It is our goal to develop the best television, film, digital executives and assistants in the business.

The State of Women Inaugural Summit in Los Angeles

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The Inaugural State of Women Summit was held in Los Angeles on International Women’s Day, March 8th. EmpowHer Institute was invited to participate as a partner organization by the founder, Anu Bhardwaj. Many women of EmpowHer participated in this awe inspired day. The premise of this conference according to  Anu Bhardwaj, is rooted in our economic power.  In 2020, it is estimated that women will control $20 Trillion dollars of investable capital which is equivalent to twice the GDP of  India and China combined. Our world is approaching an unprecedented era in which women are more connected on social media than men, and in an opportune position to reshape the world with innovations that could lead to a more peaceful and prosperous world. Women INVESTING in Women DIGITAL aims to be the epicenter of this incredible new world by connecting capital with the next generation of women, men, boys, and girls committed to improving global economic security of women and girls worldwide.

The conference brought together investors and women with passion and purpose. The speakers and panelists had some inspiring stories to share and called on us all to use our Voice, Power and Money.  To those of us joining the global narrative, we must never underestimate the power of our voice and what this means to those who are condemned to a life of silence through a divide that is beyond digital. Much work was done before us and much work lies ahead of us.