Listeners often ask me how to empower their teens. This episode will get you on track. Because how do we make massive change in the world? We start with our young people. By empowering girls and teens with the ability to make change now, they can make a massive difference. In this incredible episode of the PurposeGirl podcast we talk all things girl power – why empowering young people as leaders matters, why girls and women are the leaders the world needs now, and how girls and women can rise up to make a difference right now. This generation is far more involved in issues related to politics, gender equality and racial justice than we were years so they allow us to believe that a better and brighter future is possible.
My incredible and inspirational guest is Melissa Kilby, the Executive Director of Girl Up (https://girlup.org/), the global leadership development organization transforming a generation of girls to be a force for gender equality and social change. Since 2010, Girl Up has developed 75,000 girl leaders in 120 countries and has raised more than $27 million for girls’ leadership programs and impact partners at the United Nations.
In this episode, we talk about:
- The different barriers women and girls are facing all over the world – and we’re not just talking about being mansplained.
- How this work is intersectional – and why it is so important to us.
- The core issues within “gender and civic equality” that Girl Up aims to take on, and how they do so.
- How to allow other women and girls to be our inspiration
- The definition of Leadership
- How to get your teens active and engaged
- A piece of advice that Melissa shares that, if you listen to it each day, you will uncover and live in your purpose – guaranteed!
About Melissa Kilby:
Melissa Kilby is the Executive Director of Girl Up, the global leadership development organization transforming a generation of girls to be a force for gender equality and social change.
Since 2010, Girl Up has developed 75,000 girl leaders in 120 countries and all 50 U.S. states, and has raised more than $27 million for girls’ leadership programs and impact partners at the United Nations. Melissa joined Girl Up in its first year, and during her tenure with her team, has built the organization into force that it is today.
Melissa is a leading expert on next gen leadership and youth activism. Recently named to Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2020, Melissa is also currently Chair of the Board of Directors of Girls on the Run, Washington DC. Prior to Girl Up, Melissa served as a National Director for OP3, where she helped raise an average of $45 million each season managing a nine-city, multi-day fundraising walk series benefiting the Avon Foundation for Women. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Journalism in Strategic Communication from University of Missouri – Columbia. In 2014, she was selected to participate in a highly competitive program for non-profit leaders through Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Melissa sits on the U.S. Advisory Group for UN Women’s WE EMPOWER G7 and the Steering Committee for Women in Dev.
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