Jordana Siegel, Girls Innovate! Teen Committee
As an attendee at the June conference to being the first teen leader of a Girls Innovate! event, I have been privy to Girls Innovates’ trajectory throughout this year. The brunch on Sunday really drove home how far Girls Innovate has progressed this year. We started out at that first fateful teen brunch, hopeful that maybe 15 girls would show up. At our recent Start-Up Series, we hit our maximum capacity for registration incredibly quickly (within 2 days?), having over 50 girls attend each event.
At the brunch, I was awe stricken and inspired by how willing adults present were to help find venues (even offer their own houses!) to ensure every idea is turned into a realistic event. The number of adults and girls passionate around Girls Innovate! and motivated to help it succeed, is incredibly heart-warming. As we encompass committed staff to mold our group to create even larger impact, most notably Karen Nemeth, I know this next chapter of Girls Innovate! will make history. The community is taking notice of Girls Innovate in a big way, and I look forward to seeing the influence we have on our larger neighborhoods widen.
I have found a home in Girls Innovate! this year, and it has been an honor to help it balloon into the thriving, official 501(c)3 organization it is today! Exactly one year ago from the day of the brunch, one women had a vision for an organization and built a conference around that vision. Today as a community, we have launched Girls Innovate! into more than a yearly summit, more than workshops, more than one founder. We have built Girls Innovate! into a community of driven people dedicated to helping girls become change makers, ready to take the world by storm.