Zerlina Maxwell

Highlights of the Leading for Change Conference 2014

Last Saturday, CAG hosted its second annual Leading for Change conference. The day was educational and empowering for all those in attendance, complete with two phenomenal keynote speakers, a meaningful group activity, and a variety of enlightening workshops. Additionally, we officially launched Girls CAN! For those of you who weren’t there (and those of you who were), here’s a recap of the day.

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Zerlina Maxwell kicked off the conference as our first keynote speaker. She gave an intriguing, informative presentation on Social Media as a Catalyst and the role that it can play in business. Ms. Maxwell is a political analyst, writer, and commentator for MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News.

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 The conference then shifted gears to the “Color Game”, a simulation activity that aimed to send a message about inequality. The girls formed groups labeled by color and were instructed to build a business and a network–but some groups found it harder to expand than others. They met unexpected obstacles because of the color printed on their tag.

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 After the game, Girls CAN was officially launched. CAG’S new chapter organization aims to build a network of empowered girls across the nation! For more information about Girls CAN, or to start your own chapter, visit the above tabs.

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Attendees then engaged in workshops of their choice. The lineup included Emerging Entrepreneurs, Girl’s as Activists, Understanding Gender Norms, Finding Your Gumption, Public Relations and Media Training, Black Girls’ experience in Private Schools and Introduction to Negotiation. Each offered a unique experience, but all were wonderfully informative and taught by remarkably accomplished women.

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Members of the CAG Council with our featured speakers and special guests #LeadOn