YWCA-NYC’s Third Annual Potential to Power Girls Symposium™ to Celebrate, Empower and Inspire NYC’s Girls

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High-Profile, Intergenerational and Multiracial Voices Assemble to Develop Girls’ Collective Leadership

More than 200 girls from New York City high school and middle schools will participate in YWCA of the City of New York’s (YW NYC) Third Annual Potential to Power Symposium™, an event designed to give local girls an opportunity to engage in honest dialogue about gender equity with their peers as well as with a network of influential women from across the entertainment, government, business and nonprofit sectors. This year’s theme, Bridging Minds, Building Movements, emphasized the event’s commitment to uniting diverse girls in an effort to develop their collective leadership.

“The YW is continually striving to find ways to promote intergenerational collaboration among the women and girls in our city, and the Potential to Power Symposium is a great way to encourage attendees to partake in action-driven dialogue with some of the most inspiring and accomplished women in The City,” said Dr. Danielle Moss Lee, Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA-NYC.

Symposium participants include 150 high school-age and 50 middle school-age girls from youth organizations and private, parochial and public schools in New York City, as well as 50 influential women from the fields of business, entertainment, technology, education, politics, and media. Some of the notable attendees include Lizz Winstead, Co-Creator of The Daily Show, actress and star of Orange is the New Black, Laura Gomez, actress and producer Sheetal Sheth and noted author and angel investor Kelly Hoey.

The day’s schedule of events included youth-led panels on entrepreneurship, STEM and gender equity, small group discussions, networking lunch, and leadership, arts and STEM workshops. In addition to bridging the gap between generations and identities of local women and girls, the Symposium strives to create a safe, nurturing space for girls to be heard, celebrated and motivated to lead in their communities.

“Through this Symposium, we hope to see an increase in attention, public discourse and funding on gender equity in New York City and across the nation,” Dr. Moss Lee added. “It is our hope that the girls who participate in the event will be inspired to become gender justice advocates in their own communities.

For more information about the Potential to Power™ Symposium or the YWCA-NYC, please visit http://www.ywcanyc.org.

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