GEN announces 2018 We Are Girls Austin Supported by the Dove Self-Esteem Project


Girls Empowerment Network Welcomes Author Rosie Molinary to its 2018 We Are Girls Conference
Supported by the Dove Self-Esteem Project

Themed “Ignite Her Power,” event also includes keynote speakers Jodi Bondi Norgaard, creator of Go! Go! Sports Girls, and Shanterra McBride of Marvelous University, plus dozens of activities to inspire girls in grades 3-8

AUSTIN, Texas – October 30, 2018 – Girls Empowerment Network proudly announces that its 2018 WE ARE GIRLS AUSTIN conference is supported by the Dove Self-Esteem Project and will feature author and “radical self-acceptance champion” Rosie Molinary as keynote speaker. The eleventh annual conference happens on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (doors open 8 a.m.) at Anderson High School, 8403 Mesa Dr., in Austin, Texas.

The WE ARE GIRLS conference is designed especially for girls in grades 3 through 8 and the adults who care about them. Its legendary pep rally starts their day at 9 a.m. and gets girls on their feet with inspiring music and dancing before they hear empowering stories from women who help make positive change the world. IGNITE HER POWER fills their day with dozens of activities and workshops covering everything from creativity and entrepreneurship to body image, bullying, and healthy relationships.

WE ARE GIRLS AUSTIN also features three nationally-known speakers who are coming to Austin to ignite the power inside every girl. They include:

Rosie Molinary, author of Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self Acceptance (Seal Press) and Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina (Seal Press), serves as a national Dove Self-Esteem Project educator. She teaches at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and speaks on self-acceptance, body image, self-care, media literacy, the Latina experience, and intentional living around the country.

Shanterra McBride is the founder of Marvelous University, offering life coaching and success planning for young people, specializing in leadership development for girls and young women. She is a sought-after speaker on all things related to young people, speaking on topics such as teasing, friendships, cyberbullying, including sexting, and teen relationships. In addition to working directly with young people, she educates adults on how to be better advocates for young people.

Jodi Bondi Norgaard is the founder of Dream Big Toy Company and the creator of the award-winning Go! Go! Sports Girls dolls, books, and apps for girls encouraging healthy and active play over fashion and body image. An expert in creating change, she empowers and inspires with her entrepreneurial journey of determination, passion, and grit needed to create change and challenge the status quo. Since selling her company in 2016, Jodi continues with her mission to inspire and empower women and girls throughout the world.

“It is really an honor to be a part of the We are Girls Austin Conference as a representative of the Dove Self-Esteem Project,” says Rosie Molinary, Dove-Self Esteem Project Educator. “The work that the Girls Empowerment Network is doing so powerfully represents the Dove Self-Esteem Project’s mission to ensure the next generation of women grows up enjoying a positive relationship with the way they look. When girls are empowered, we invest not only in their health and happiness but also the long-term health and happiness of our world. The energy, inspiration, and impact of this conference will be significant for all of us who have the honor to participate- no matter our age.”

In addition to its featured speakers, WE ARE GIRLS AUSTIN offers girls and adults a wide range of presentations, workshops and hands-on activities designed to promote well-being, creativity, goal-setting and more. Unique workshops such as “Beyoncé’s Chopper Challenge” with DPR Construction introduces girls to problem-solving and construction engineering. Other activities include a body-positive, weight-neutral approach to fitness, health, and wellness with Shohreh Davoodi of Glitter & Grit; the power of connection and confidence with Jessica Patterson of Dell Technologies; and “Row Row Row Your Bot” with IBM Women in Technology.

“Everything at WE ARE GIRLS builds a girl’s belief in her own ability to be powerful,” says Julia Cuba Lewis, MSW, executive director, Girls Empowerment Network. “They may be struggling with friendships, stress and body confidence when they walk in the door. Then these girls make new friends, discover new role models, connect with adults, and they discover that there is power inside of them to face whatever is happening in their lives.”

“We are proud that our 2018 WE ARE GIRLS AUSTIN conference is supported by the Dove Self-Esteem Project,” Cuba Lewis adds. “We are grateful for their commitment to helping girls build their self-esteem and body confidence through educational programs.”

Tickets to WE ARE GIRLS AUSTIN are $30 and still available for purchase online at Scholarships are available. Admission includes lunch, lunchtime GENcarnival, supplies, goodie bag, access to all Featured Conference Speaker’s presentations, breakout workshops and resource fair.

About Girls Empowerment Network: Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) knows girls are powerful, and it’s their mission to help girls know it too. When girls experience GEN’s self-efficacy curriculum in schools, camps and conferences, they believe in their abilities and become powerful. Girls Empowerment Network created its first We Are Girls conference in 2008 to celebrate girlhood and to serve more girls and adults who care about them with hands-on activities, expert speakers and skill-building sessions that ignite their power.

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Felicia Gonzalez