Social Entrepreneur Dr. Raye Mitchell Returns Home to Los Angeles to Help Girls and Young Women Develop Leadership Skills

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2012 Los Angeles G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Summit™ March 24th | Ivy League Actor Hill Harper’s Foundation Joins Collaboration

Hill Harper's Manifest Your Destiny Foundation is thrilled to support the efforts of Dr. Raye Mitchell and The G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Program

G.U.R.L.S. ROCK founder & CEO Dr. Raye Mitchell brings the acclaimed G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Summit to Los Angeles to share its unique leadership training program for girls and women of color starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Hilton Checkers Hotel, 535 S. Grand Ave. Chenese Lewis, Immediate Past President of the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women, will co-host the Summit that is about confidence to take charge of changing the images of girls and women in media and entertainment.

During the Summit titled "Change it Up! Leadership in the Entertainment Industry," the next generation of global leaders of girls and women (ages 12-25) will participate in workshops that focus on self-confidence, networking, mentoring, leadership skills, and careers in the entertainment industry, social change, law and business.

Nichelle Garrett, Executive Director of Hill Harper's Manifest Your Destiny Foundation said, "The Manifest Your Destiny Foundation is thrilled to support the efforts of Dr. Raye Mitchell and The G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Program. Our girls will be the women that will lead us into the next millennium, and we encourage their involvement in building their characters through participation in this program." Garrett continued, "Although many extraordinary women leaders have been involved with G.U.R.L.S. Rock, we believe that Dr. Mitchell is one of the best role models with whom girls can come into contact. We are honored to be a part of G.U.R.L.S. Rock and our girls' progress."

This summit is sponsored by Hilton Checkers Hotel. Event details and registration forms are available online at G.U.R.L.S. Rock will provide a limited number of all-expense-paid scholarships for this event for girls who attend Animo Locke High School #3 and Los Angeles High School. Direct questions regarding this event to Nicole at 510-836-0102.

Having attended Los Angeles High School before leaving on early admissions to University of Southern California, and graduated from USC Sol Price School of Policy and Marshall School of Business, Mitchell commented, "I am delighted to return home to provide Los Angeles-area girls and girls of color with tools to excel in changing the images of women and women of color in media and entertainment."

Continuing its mission to support the growth and development of girls of color as the next generation of global leaders, the G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Training Program will present other summits in the San Francisco Bay Area in May 2012, followed by events in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York City, and Washington, D.C. (dates and venues to be announced)

Collaboration with Hill Harper's Manifest Your Destiny Foundation (MYDF):
Dr. Mitchell is excited that her classmate actor Hill Harper’s Manifest Your Destiny Foundation has teamed with G.U.R.L.S. ROCK to help girls develop leadership skills. "At a recent Harvard Law School alumni event, Hill and I chatted about possible collaborations with our foundations since we both work with our youth to achieve educational excellence." she said. "I am excited that we were able to get started and welcome Hill Harper's Manifest Your Destiny Foundation to the G.U.R.L.S. Rock Los Angeles Summit.”

About G.U.R.L.S. Rock:
Founded in 2010 by practicing attorney-turned-social entrepreneur Dr. Raye Mitchell, G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Program is a global leadership-training initiative of The Making a New Reality Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. As a social entrepreneur program celebrating the importance of girls and girls of color as the next generation of global leaders, Oakland, California-based G.U.R.L.S. Rock has a different approach to supporting the growth and development of girls of color ages 8 to 18. “G.U.R.L.S.” stands for Growth, Unity, Respect, Leadership, Success. To learn more about G.U.R.L.S. Rock, please visit and G.U.R.L.S. Rock is a proud member of the Confidence Coalition and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

About Dr. Raye Mitchell:
Dr. Raye Mitchell is the social entrepreneur-founder of The New Reality Foundation. She is a Harvard Law School graduate; graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business; and recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service. "Dr. Raye" was recently named "Woman Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Women’s Initiative.

About Manifest Your Destiny Foundation (MYDF):
Manifest Your Destiny Foundation is a non-profit youth organization established by Ivy League actor Hill Harper. The foundation provides underserved youth a path to empowerment and educational excellence through academic programming, college access skills, and personal development.

Dr. Mitchell is available for speaking engagements, book signings, and print and broadcast press interviews. Please contact LaNiece Jones | LAJones(at)LAJonesMedia(dot)com | 510.816.0453 or Toni Beckham | Toni(at)PRetCetera(dot)com | 209.832.8020 / 408.499.3664c


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