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By April 18, 2017May 7th, 2024Events

Betty LaMarr, Founder and President of EmpowHer Institute is proud to announce 2nd Annual Girls to Greatness Teen Summit: Empowered To Lead, Presented by JP Morgan Chase.  Over 40 women will give of their time to inspire and empower young girls for the day.


The goal of this Summit is to motivate over 350 EmpowHer Academy middle-school girls by exposing them to the many different career opportunities in various industries.  The Summit will include a day of interactive workshops with renowned business professionals, Student STEM Presentations (The top three Student Presentations will be scored by selected notable judges in the room), 6th Annual PATHMAKER Awards Luncheon & Ceremony and guided tour of Los Angeles Southwest College campus life.


The PATHMAKER Award will be presented to Kimberly Anyadike, the youngest pilot to fly from Compton, CA to Newport News, VA and Noramay Cadana, co-founder of Make In LA,  two exceptional individuals who have created a path for others in guiding the academic and/or professional growth of girls and women, and who inspire girls to dream and achieve greatness.

The PATHMAKER Award recognizes extraordinary individuals whose success in business and commitment to our community are powerful examples to students who face the challenges of under-resourced schools, economically disadvantaged families and violence-prone neighborhoods.


This event is our signature fundraising event that supports our EmpowHer Girls Academy programs throughout the year. Since our founding in 2003, we have served thousands of girls, who are at risk of dropping out of school. We’ve served these young girls through educational intervention – tailored programs in the classroom, summer intensives, and real-world experiences.


According to Alliance for Excellent Education, 1 out of 2 minority girls in urban cities will not graduate from high school. This is hard to believe, but true, statistic that has profound consequences for the workforce and the community. At EmpowHer Institute, the focus is to change these hard facts by changing lives and building positive futures. And it all begins with every parent’s wish for their child – stay in school, do well, graduate, go to college, and chase your dreams.


This year’s sponsors include:  Title Sponsor: JP Morgan Chase; Signature Sponsors: Pacific Premier Bank, Verizon, Microsoft, US Bank, CBS Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion & Communications, UPS, Lawrence Livermore,  So Cal Gas, United Pacific Oil and WR Grace Company.