Frequently Asked Questions


What is Pathfinder?

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.

When is Pathfinder?

In 2019, GEN will run the 5th Annual Pathfinder Leadership Summit from Monday June 3rd- Friday June 7th, 2019.  Pathfinder Leadership Summit will consist of weekday sessions Monday through Thursday from 9am – 5pm and Friday from 9am-10pm.

Where is it?

Pathfinder 2019 will take place at Girls Empowerment Network, 2801 S IH 35. Suite 110, Austin, TX 78741. We will also visit local companies during the week with transportation provided by GEN. Parking will be available free to participants in our office parking lot.

Who can attend Pathfinder?

Pathfinder is open to young women that will be in grades 9-12 during the 2019-2020 school year.

How do I apply for Pathfinder?

To apply for Pathfinder, complete the application on our website. The application must be completed in one sitting; it’s not possible to save it online. The last day to apply for Pathfinder is Friday, May 31st, 2019.

How competitive is Pathfinder?

This being our 5th year we are expecting to get many applications. Strong applicants who have solid communication skills, a willingness to learn and grow and the ability to work well with others. Applicants are notified of exception within three weeks of application being submitted.

What will take place at Pathfinder?

At Pathfinder, young women will learn about themselves and develop skills to help them as they transition into college and beyond. They will answer questions such as, “What are my strengths?”, “What is path,” and, “how can I use my interests and strengths to pursue a successful career on day?” They will learn from expert presenters, panel discussions of women leaders from different industries, and college-aged mentors. Topics covered will include leadership, public speaking, interviewing skills, networking, resume writing, stressbusters, entrepreneurship and more!

Who is speaking at Pathfinder?

We are in the process of lining up presenters. We have connected with a lot of women in leadership roles in various industries and they are all excited about the program! For a list of presenters, see the page of our website.

Can I put this on my college applications?

Yes! While we don’t want young women to join the program solely for the purpose of enhancing their college applications, we also know that young women are looking for ways to stand out in the college application process. Pathfinder participants will receive a certificate at the completion of the summer leadership summit.

How did Girls Empowerment Network decide on the topics for Pathfinder?

The Pathfinder Leadership Summit was developed based on hours of interviews and focus groups with executive women leaders, parents, school counselors, high school students and college students. The content and structure of Pathfinder is based on what we learned through these interviews. We are excited about offering young women in high school unique opportunities to gain the self-knowledge and skills that will help them succeed in whatever life and career path they choose to follow.

Does Pathfinder continue beyond the one-week Leadership Summit?

Yes! All participants will have the opportunity to stay connected via an online community and monthly workshops.

How much does it cost?

Pathfinder costs $450 per participant. There is a scholarship application located on the 3rd page of the application. For $450, participants will receive a one day retreat, four full days of programming, ongoing access to women leaders for informational interviews, , and access to volunteer opportunities with GIRLS. Lunch and snacks will be provided each day.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes, we offer full and partial scholarships. If you are interested in Pathfinder and cannot afford the cost, be sure to fill out the scholarship page in the application. About 50% of all attendees are given scholarships. Scholarships are given out on a need’s basis and seldomly a merit based scholarship is awarded.

Can I volunteer at Pathfinder?

We need Pathfinder interns as well as a handful of presenters for the week. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please reach out to