UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign Announces Speakers for 5th Annual Leadership Summit

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Kate Gilmore, Rosie Rios, Ashley Graham, Kat McNamara to speak at this year’s Leadership Summit, July 11-13 in Washington, DC

As the only summit that is by girls, for girls we strive to empower, educate and embolden the potential of every girl in attendance.

Today the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign announced the speakers for its 5th annual Girl Up Leadership Summit, the only summit that is by girls, for girls. The Leadership Summit will bring together 275 passionate girl advocates from around the world from July 11-13, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Speakers at this year’s Leadership Summit will include:

  • Kate Gilmore, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States
  • Ashley Graham, Model, Designer and Activist
  • Dr. Jen Welter, First Female Coach in the NFL, Arizona Cardinals
  • Yara Shahidi, Philanthropist, Scholar, Actress known for her role on black-ish
  • Kat McNamara, Girl Up Champion, Actress known for her role on Shadowhunters
  • Marley Dias, Founder, #1000BlackGirlBooks
  • Monique Coleman, Girl Up Champion, Actress known for her role in High School Musical

This year, Girl Up Leadership Summit attendees come from 33 U.S. states and territories, and 9 countries including Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. For the first two days, attendees will participate in leadership training, learn from influential speakers, and engage in skills-based workshops. On the third day these young female leaders will put those skills into action, meeting with Members of Congress during an official lobby day on Capitol Hill.

“This year’s Girl Up Leadership Summit is our biggest one yet, and I am thrilled with the lineup of speakers that our passionate girl advocates will get to hear from and learn from,” said Melissa H. Kilby, Director of Girl Up. “As the only summit that is by girls, for girls, we strive to empower, educate and embolden the potential of every girl in attendance. Hearing from powerful leaders such as Kate Gilmore and Rosie Rios, as well as peers such as Marley Dias, will help ensure every girl leaves the summit knowing she has the power and the skills to change the world.”

For more information on the Leadership Summit visit GirlUp.org/Summit.


About Girl Up

Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, supports the empowerment of girls everywhere. Since its launch in 2010, the campaign has funded UN programs that promote the health, safety, education, and leadership of girls in developing countries and built a community of nearly half a million passionate advocates – including Girl Up Global Advocates Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and Latin American business leader Angélica Fuentes. Our youth leaders, representing more than 1200 Girl Up Clubs in 66 countries, stand up, speak up, and rise up to support the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl. Learn more at GirlUp.org.

About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors. Learn more at: http://www.unfoundation.org.

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