Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette Takes the Stage

As President and CEO of Huston-Tillotson University, Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette keeps a faded picture of herself from the 5th grade on her desk.  She says she wants to remind herself of the little girl who still lives inside of her. “I would tell [that little girl] that life is not a dress rehearsal.  You cannot go back and do those chapters over again.  I would tell her to be in the moment - enjoy the moment. Being a perfectionist is not really healthy. They’re lessons to help you keep going.”

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Chelsea Dean-Martinez
Brian Sullivan: "True equality [...] is a human issue."

Should men play a role in advocating for gender equality? According to Brian Sullivan, “True equality is still not the reality of our society, and that is not a women's issue; it is a human issue. We must hold ourselves to a higher standard than expecting women who have been subject to injustice to be the sole party active in fixing it.”

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Brittany Yelverton
Girl Connect in Zambia: Part II

Colorful paper decorations hang on the classroom walls. Cookies, chips and juice sit out on a desk. Flowers the girls made from coffee filters and pipe cleaners adorn everyone’s hair. There is singing and full scale photoshoot complete with model poses. The girls of Linda Community School and I are enjoying a bittersweet party to mark our last Girl Connect session together.

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Brittany Yelverton
An Interview with Dr. Eboni Calbow

“I would just say for my middle school self: take it way easier on yourself. Who you are is good enough. People are friends with you because you're a likable person. Life doesn't have to be as difficult as it is. And if there are challenges, if there are things you need help with, then you can go seek help. It doesn’t have to be an individual process, it doesn’t need to be on your own. Build your community. Build your tribe. “

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Brittany Yelverton
Radiating Empowerment: Our New Look

This June 2019, we're revealing a complete messaging and brand overhaul. We've reinvigorated our brand so that it matches who we truly are as an agency. Our new logo and new look radiate empowerment and a fierce belief in the ability of this nonprofit to change the world. And not only do we have a new logo and new look, but we have a new Austin HQ to match! We're thrilled, we're proud, and we can't wait to celebrate with our community.

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Elena Carey
How We’re Changing HERstory

For over twenty years, Girls Empowerment Network (GIRLS) has responded to the systematic decline of self-esteem in girls. We have held conferences, workshops, camps, and summits to ignite that power within Texan girls. The staff always noticed that something special was happening when girls circled up, joined their peers in an authentic space, and could just be themselves. It didn’t matter if the girls were eight or eighteen, these young women were gaining more than just higher self-esteem, but they were rewriting the stories and labels about themselves. Not only was their confidence increasing, but our girls began writing new stories about how unstoppable they are.

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Caroline Crawford
Drumsista Annual Concert to Benefit Our Programming!

We’re proud, honored, and thrilled to be the beneficiary of this year’s annual Drumsista Benefit Concert. The concert will be held on Saturday, May 18th from 7pm – 9pm at Unity Church of the Hills. A group of over thirty women will play Djembes, Djunduns, Krins and other percussion instruments to create traditional African Music.

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Vanessa Wright
IF YOU CAN SEE IT, YOU CAN BE IT! An Activity to Help Empower the Girl in Your Life

It’s the season to celebrate parents and all of those who have a meaningful impact on a child’s life! At Girls Empowerment Network, we know having superb role models is crucial. We have created a list of young women who are changing the world and inspiring us daily! For each girl, we chose one quality they demonstrate that we’d like to emulate. At the bottom of this post you’ll find a quick activity that will help you and the girl in your life talk about who she is and how she wants to continue to grow.

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Vanessa Wright
Have some fun this summer!

Looking for some place fun and exciting to take the girls group from your place of worship? Are you a teacher or social worker that would love to take some of the girls from your school to an empowering and inspiring event? Is your daughter involved in a sports team and you’re looking for a group bonding activity for the kids and the parents?

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Jasmine Joy
Sign Up for Camp GEN!

Looking for some place fun and exciting to take the girls group from your place of worship? Are you a teacher or social worker that would love to take some of the girls from your school to an empowering and inspiring event? Is your daughter involved in a sports team and you’re looking for a group bonding activity for the kids and the parents?

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