“It’s great learning life skills and preparing for college…But the most helpful was the vibe – I really stepped out of my comfort zone”
– Annie, 11th grade

About Pathfinder

The Summit

Girls Empowerment Network’s Pathfinder Leadership Summit is a personal and professional development program aimed at giving rising 9th-12th grade girls a head start on their road to independence, college and career.


In addition to the yearly summit, Girls Empowerment Network also hosts Pathfinder Workshops throughout the year. Learn more about upcoming workshops here.

Pathfinder participants learn how to:

• Find their unique strengths.
• Develop real world skills like interviewing and public speaking.
• Explore different industries and professions.
• Gain access to women leaders and professionals in the area.
• Create bonds and friendships with like-minded peers.

Pathfinder Basics

Dates & Times

Mon, June 3 – Sat, June 8, 2019
Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm
Sat retreat- 10am-7pm


Mon.-Fri.- Girls Empowerment Network, 3000 S IH 35, Suite 400, Austin, TX 78704
Saturday Retreat- TBD

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What Pathfinders Do

Learn more about their strengths, skills and interests

Cultivate leadership skills

Practice professional communication

Network in the Austin community

Learn to set goals, manage stress and use time well

Prepare to transition to a more independent life after high school

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What is Included in Pathfinder

Five days of self-discovery, goal-setting and skill building activities including networking opportunities, field trips and a luncheon with Austin women leaders

End of Pathfinder, celebratory retreat

Ongoing online discussion forum

Ongoing leadership and service opportunities


What Pathfinders Gain

Understanding of how to apply your strengths, interests and skills to reach new goals

Insights and skills to pursue internships and jobs — today and in the future

First-hand look at Austin businesses, organizations and career opportunities

Connections with mentors who will give support, guidance and letters of recommendation

Experience working alongside a diverse team of young women

December Pathfinder Workshop: Become Unstoppable!


Join Girls Empowerment Network’s workshop series Become Unstoppable. This month’s workshop will be focused on finding your voice to advocate for the issues you care about. Do you have a passion for helping others but unsure how to get started? Together we will talk about actionable steps to getting involved! Let’s give back this holiday season!

To finish off the year with a positive impact, we will be crafting holiday cards for local charities. Per usual, no GEN workshop is complete without some fun self-care! So while we craft cards, we will sip on some hot cocoa and screen the holiday classic, Elf!

Who: Girls in grades 8-12

What: A workshop focused on identifying the issues you care about AND helping others

Where: Girls Empowerment Network – 3000 S. IH 35, Suite 400 Austin, Tx 78704

When: Saturday 12/8/18 10:00am-2:00pm

Why: Because we want to help you feel unstoppable!


What They’re Saying About Pathfinder