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Betty LaMarr

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.

March is Women’s History Month

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Women of EmpowHer Institute

International Visitors

Day of Sisterhood

This is a time to celebrate the many women who have been a part of creating the spirit of EmpowHer Institute. They represent women who desire to lift as they climb. They are committed to making a difference in the lives of teen girls who may not have role models in their communities who can inspire them to greatness. These are the same women who values the support in ‘sisterhood’ and embrace sisters from all over the world. This photo was an opportunity to meet entrepreneurs from Nigeria who wanted to learn how we empower teen girls and why we need to empower our girls. These shared ideas were enlightening for them and their experiences were enlightening for the women of EmpowHer. Let March be the month that shows us how to treat each other all year long.

During the month of March you can find EmpowHer Institute women at some of the following events as speakers and participants.

The Inaugural State of Women Summit VESTED in the Economic Empowerment of Women & Girls

Women INVESTING in Women Presents The State of Women Inaugural Summit


The Inaugural Los Angeles State of Women and Girls Address and Young Women’…
Los Angeles, CA
by Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland

Mount Saint Mary’s University
Report on the Status of Women and Girls


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Girls at Google

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Creating real life experiences that show girls how science, technology, engineering and math are applied is the inspiration to change their perceptions about what they can do and who they can become. This trip to Google-LA in Venice was a memorable experience as they got to preview a Google produced series called, God Complex. This series showed how women can perform in a male dominated environment and become the Boss.

Emily and Yuli at Google

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