2nd Annual Girls to Greatness Teen Summit

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On April 25, 2019, Betty LaMarr, Founder and President of EmpowHer Institute hosted the 2nd Annual Girls to Greatness Teen Summit: Empowered To Lead, Presented by JP Morgan Chase.  Over 40 women gave of their time to inspire and empower young girls for the day.

“EmpowHer is a collective of ‘sisterhood’ and a passion to “pay it forward”. It takes us all to help build a future for our girls and women everywhere.  We know all too well that our girls “Can’t be what they can’t see”! The EmpowHer experience is about exposure, encouragement and experiences” says LaMarr.

The goal of this Summit was to motivate over 350 EmpowHer Academy middle-school girls by exposing them to many different career opportunities in various industries.  The Summit included a day of interactive workshops with renowned business professionals, student presentations scored by selected notable judges along with the 6th Annual PATHMAKER Awards Luncheon & Ceremony and guided tour of Los Angeles Southwest College campus life.


Inaugural Mentor to Inspire Summit

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EmpowHer Institute brought together all of the participants in its EmpowHer Academy from four schools in the Los Angeles areas of Inglewood, Gardena, Watts, Pico-Union to the Skirball Cultural Center for a full day of mentoring, speakers, hands on STEM experiences and panel discussions. There were nearly 300 students and 50 professional women from different careers and disciplines. The women were recruited from organizations that provide funding for the programs in the schools.

EmpowHer Hosts International Delegation

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This past Tuesday, EmpowHer Institute was asked by U.S. State Department  to host an international delegation from the Near East North Africa region conducting research on programs “Countering Extremist Messaging and Protecting Youth.” Hosted at the Lennox Library, EmpowHer was joined by local political leaders in education, Honorable Carliss Richardson McGhee of Inglewood School Board, Ms. Shannon Thomas Allen of Lennox School Board and community activist, James Nash. Members of the international delegation were from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. There were 20 participants, including visitors and liaisons.

The group discussed a variety of important topics such as advocacy for girls, international programs, systemic injustice, and taking action. We loved sharing with them the work that EmpowHer has done and it was an honor to hear from the delegates as well. Thank you to the delegates for allowing EmpowHer to host the event!

Season of Firsts

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We love ensuring amazing and eyeopening experiences for our EmpowHer Academy Girls. This December has been a series of “firsts” for many of our girls. Thanks to the financial support of our donors we were able to send more than 100 of our 8th and 9th grade girls to a performance of Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, directed and produced by Debbie Allen. This was the first time seeing a live performance for more than 90% of our girls. Many left inspired to want to express themselves through art.

Partnering with Girls Build LA we sent 140 seventh grade girls from our partner middle schools, UCLA Experimental School, Environmental Charter, Inglewood and Environmental Charter, Gardena to participate in the Leadership Summit which featured amazing women like Hillary Clinton, Senator, Kamala Harris, Bozama St. John, Chief Marketing Officer of Uber and so many other role models.