The annual summit is a powerful leadership development experience that connects, challenges and inspires hundreds of girls in grades 6-12 and women in the Charlotte area.
Our 2016 Summit was held on
Saturday, September 17th, 2016 from 8:00 am-5:00 pm
East Mecklenburg High
THEME: Breaking Barriers
Imagine an experience that connects and empowers hundreds of girls and women with panel discussions, team building activities, breakout workshops and resources. That’s exactly what our annual summit offers. It’s a leadership development opportunity you don’t want to miss!
“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
Email info[at]empowHERment.com for SPONSORSHIP information
2016 Draft Schedule
(Doors open at 7:45am)
|Registration, Breakfast, Resource Fair: Girls check in, visit the community resource fair booths, and enjoy breakfast sponsored by CMPD & Chick-fil-A|
|9:00-9:15 am.||Welcome – Purpose of Summit: EmpowHERment Founder, Mayor Roberts, Leadership Team and Guest Speakers|
|9:15-9:30 a.m.||Group Bonding Activity|
|9:30-9:55 a.m.||Large Group Icebreaker|
|9:55-10:10 a.m.||Social Media#HERSummit16/Bathroom Break|
|10:10-11:15 a.m.||Panel- I am HER Breaking Barriers
Sponsored by AT&T
Michelle Williams-Horton @YOUnivdrive, Moderator
Dena Diorio, Mecklenburg County Manager @DenaDiorio
Dimple Ajmera, TIAA @
|11:15-11:35 a.m,||Breaking Barriers Activity|
|11:40-12:40 p.m.||TalentTalk Roundtable Lunch
Lunch Provided by Creative Catering
Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Ernst & Young
Laurel Street Residential
|12:40-1:00 p.m.||Fitness Activity
|Breaking Bullying Barriers Keynote
“Stop Block Tell Tour”
1) HER Voice.
2) HER Image.
3) HER Time, Talent and Treasure.
|4:15-4:50 p.m.||EmpowHERment Reflections and Closing
Scholarship Winner Announcement
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 are asked to register by September 6, 2016*
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 $250 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 and attend the volunteer training by registering here: Volunteer Orientation
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.
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.