Gaining Strength and Encouragement at Girl Up’s Girl Talks


Despite the gains women have made in the workplace, it’s still a struggle to reach parity. Everyday, we must deal with imposter syndrome, self-doubt, unfair criticism, and the challenge of being the only woman in the room.

That’s why organizations like Girl Up, United Nations Foundation are so important in this day and age. Girl Up is a global movement of empowered young women leaders who work to defend gender equality and give girls the platform to start a movement for social change. Earlier this month, I had the honor of speaking at the group’s Girl Talks event in San Francisco, and I came away hopeful, touched, and awed by the stories I heard.

I kicked us off by asking people to challenge their assumptions & lean into #empathy through lessons learned in my own career and at Sounding Board, Inc.

Shuchi Rana shared stark stats on how much more progress we need to fund #femalefounders.

Evany Thomas got us laughing and thinking about how flailing epically can lead to success as a self-described “late bloomer.”

Mary Snapp gave us a sense of #Purpose as she shared the global impact she is effecting at scale through Microsoft Philanthropies.

Alicia Cheung showed how she found her voice as a designer and created some of the most beautiful spaces in San Francisco.

And lilia luciano. She left me in tears. Her #perseverance through failure told some of most important, untold stories powerfully closed the night.

For me personally, the icing on the cake was looking out at the crowd and seeing my best friend, my sister, and our daughters in the audience. It was a poignant reminder of how important it is that we support one another, and how much work there is to do for the next generation of women leaders!


Published in Sounding Board