Experts Gather for Girls Leadership Training

November 24, 2015

girl meets world

The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change hosted Girl Meets World to support girls and girl-serving organizations

Simmons was bustling with energy from Nov. 2 to Nov. 4 with the Girl Meets World (GMW) Professional Development Training program, lead by co-founder and executive director of Girls Leadership Simone Marean, and author and educator Rachel Simmons. More than 30 people attended the GMW training, hosted by the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change (SILC).

GMW is an intensive three-day training program, designed to equip participants with the latest research, tools, and interventions to support girls’ social-emotional development. Simmons has been hosting this important training since 2010.

Attendees traveled from places as far away as London, Montreal, California, New York, Ohio, Florida, Georgia, and Wyoming to work with social entrepreneurs and girl experts alike. They shared strategies and experience, in addition to practiced lessons and games, which provides them with a unique skillset and techniques to support the girls their organizations serve.

“It was inspiring to see the great energy in the room as the participants learned and practiced a variety of exciting activities,” said SILC Director Diane Hammer. “In today’s world, girls are faced with unprecedented challenges. Girls Leadership teaches adults who work with girls how to use fun, playful, interactive activities to help girls communicate more effectively, resolve conflicts, and tap into their inner strength.”

Simone Marean has taught Girls Leadership programs and presented on girls across the country and internationally, including the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Rachel Simmons, co-founder, is the author of two best-selling books about adolescent girls, Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence.

The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change supports the advancement of women and girls by collaborating with community organizations to provide workshops, conferences, and programs that focus on the development of women and girls.

(Photo credit: Diane Hammer)