“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

April Pathfinder Workshop: You Got This!

Be a part of this FREE workshop with Girls Empowerment Network and the empowered women of DPR Construction!

YOU GOT THIS! is a fun and interactive engineering workshop where girls will also learn about leadership in the workplace.  Participants will have the exclusive opportunity to take part in Power Chats with women who are breaking the glass ceiling in the engineering field.  Don’t miss it!

Info and Registration: YouGotThisGEN.eventbrite.com

Who: Girls in grades 8-12

What: You Got This! A FREE workshop in conjunction with DPR Construction

Where: DPR Construction– 9606 N Mo Pac Expy # 300 Austin, TX | 78759

When: Saturday, April 14th from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

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Pathfinder Leadership Summit Orientation

Come and join the staff of Girls Empowerment Network for an evening of all things Pathfinder. We will explore what our Pathfinder Leadership Summit entails; discussing the workshops and field trips attendees will participate in. Plus, hear from previous young women who have been through the program and what a life changing experience it can be! The staff at GEN wants to be your partner and be present for you throughout your entire Pathfinder experience.

We will serve light refreshments and answer any questions you may have. If you are already signed up, still deciding whether you should apply, are trying to get your daughter on board, or just interested in the possibility, we invite you to be our guest! All are welcome and we are excited to meet you, your daughters, and your friends!

Info and Registration: Pathfinder Leadership Summit Orientation

Who: Girls in grades 8 – 12 who are interested in learning more about Pathfinder

What: Pathfinder Orientation

Where: Girls Empowerment Network, 3000 S. IH35, Suite 400

When: Tuesday, May 8th from 7 – 8 PM

What They’re Saying About Pathfinder