2017 EmpowHERment Summit
Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm
East Mecklenburg High
THEME: Be Bold for Change ~ Register HERE
The annual summit is a powerful leadership development experience that connects, challenges and inspires hundreds of middle and high school girls in the Charlotte area. Girls in grades 6-12 are eligible to attend the summit.
Are you looking for an experience that connects and empowers hundreds of girls and women to support their leadership development? That’s exactly what our annual summit offers. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!
Click HERE to watch our 2016 summit video
“I walked away with a new outlook and met so many new friends from all over Charlotte. This was the best event I’ve ever been to for girls. We learned about financial literacy, using our voice for good, building our brand, and being an authentic leader in school and in the community. One of the panelists started her own business in college, and that was very inspiring. It lets me know I can do anything…and I have all these women supporting me”
~ Sarah, rising 10th grade student, Annual Summit participant
Previous summit speakers include:
- Molly Barker, Founder of Girls On The Run
- Vi Lyles, Charlotte City Councilwoman
- Sarah Batista, Former WBTV Reporter and Founder of Stories to Inspire
- Pamela Wideman, Deputy Director Business Services, City of Charlotte
- Ashleigh Thornton, UNC Charlotte Student and Entrepreneur (featured in Seventeen magazine, People, and more)
- Raquel Velez, Roboticist
- Christina Morrisey, Engineering Professor
- Tracy Montross, Director of Government Affairs, American Airlines
- Aisha Alexander, Director of Engagement, KaBOOM!
- Michelle Horton Williams, Professor, Wake Forest University
- Hannah Levinson, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Davidson College
- Dena Diorio, Mecklenburg County Manager
- Hanna Wondamagen, East Meck Student and Founder of School Composting Program
- Venessa Harrison, President AT&T North Carolina
- Charlotte Mayor, Jennifer Roberts
- Lula Dualeh, Community Organizer
Email info@empowHERment.com for SPONSORSHIP information
|9:00-10:00 am||Registration & Resource Fair
|Welcome and Purpose of the Summit
|Keynote Talk – “Be Bold for Change”
|Community Service Project
|11:15 – 11:30
|Lunch and Workout Session|
|“Be Bold for Change” Workshops
1) HER Voice.
Community organizing, development, and advocacy – what do these things mean? How can we use our voice to support positive community changes? What is civic engagement? How can civic engagement create bold change in the community?
2) HER Image.
What is your brand? What does your brand say about you? What does your brand stand for? Are you an influencer, changer or just a follower on social media? How do you display your brand in person and on social channels? How can you brand help to be a platform for the things you are passionate about?
3) HER Time, Talent and Treasure.
Philanthropy – What is it? Who is a philanthropist? As a student, how can you become a philanthropist or a supporter for what you care about by using your gifts?
|Summit Reflections and Closing
Frequently Asked Questions
How are the girls selected?
Summit registration opens annually in July. Registration is open on a first come, first serve basis until we reach our capacity of 300 girls. Girls in grades 6-12 in Charlotte and the surrounding area with a commitment to strengthening their leadership and advocacy skills can register to attend. Some girls are identified through principals, teachers, youth groups and community recommendations, while others self-select through an interest in the program. Diversity of interest and background is embraced.
How are volunteers selected? Are they trained?
Summit volunteers are exceptional women leaders in our community. They believe in our mission of empowering girls as leaders through mentorship, talent development, and advocacy. To volunteer, click here: Volunteer Application
*Note- Volunteers complete a one-hour training session before the summit. Volunteers must register by August 31, 2017*
What if I have more questions about volunteering?
Email us: summit@empowHERment.com
Is there a registration fee?
Yes, the summit committee believes in empowering our community through youth development and offers this summit annually at a low cost to participants. This is possible with the support of our community partners and sponsors.
How can I support girls participation in the Youth EmpowHERment Summit?
Sponsorship. Please contact us at info@empowHERment.com if you are interested in sponsoring the summit and we will send you our sponsorship letter. Packages begin at $500 and provide a unique branding opportunity for your business, institution or agency to collaborate, connect and empower over 300 girls and women in Charlotte.
Individuals can also make donations instantly through visiting our website:www.empowHERment.com. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and your contributions are tax deductible.
We are also grateful to accept in-kind contributions. Lunch, t-shirts, snacks, journals, and resource kits are provided for each girl and volunteer. Please contact us at info@empowHERment.com to discuss opportunities to give.
What is the attire?
Every girl and volunteer will receive an EmpowHERment Summit T-Shirt upon check-in the day of the summit. Casual, comfortable attire is recommended because we have a high energy cardio workout session before lunch!
* Parents/Guardians: Please print the consent form, complete, and bring to the Summit. This form is mandatory for participation. We will also have this form available during registration on the morning of the summit.
Can parents participate?
Yes! Parents may sign up as a volunteer for the summit. Parents cannot stay for the summit if they are not registered as a volunteer.
Parents are also invited to browse the community resource fair in the morning during check-in and registration at 8:30am. We have several community organizations and business who will be sharing information and opportunities.
Can my women’s group volunteer?
Will we receive a reminder about the summit?
Yes, you will receive email reminders about the summit, so please use your best contact information when you register. We will send out the final event itinerary and include exciting updates & details about the day of the event.