LEAD empowers Grand County young women

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photo by Tara Walker Jesse Hoyhtya, LEAD Student Advisor and Steering Committee Member, facilitates a brainstorming session during the 2017-2018 LEAD pilot year.
photo by Tara Walker Jesse Hoyhtya, LEAD Student Advisor and Steering Committee Member, facilitates a brainstorming session during the 2017-2018 LEAD pilot year.

by Tara Walker

LEAD, Learn Educate Achieve Dare, began in 2017 as a way to empower and elevate the voices, dreams, and leadership capabilities of Grand County girls. This year organizers have added the flexibility of attending workshops that fit into busy high school schedules so that more girls can participate. Their first event is on August 18th and the organizers are looking for Grand County girls to participate.

“Our hope is to attract more girls in 2018-2019, including girls from the western part of the county,” commented Paula Steinbacher, LEAD co-founder and current Steering Committee member, “The goal is to make LEAD relevant for Grand County and a valuable experience for our amazing young women and their parents.”

LEAD will present Adventures in LEADership on Saturday, August 18 at Snow Mountain Ranch-YMCA of the Rockies. Grand County girls ages 14-18 are encouraged to attend the event, and there is no fee to participate. Lunch is provided. If you are interested, please RSVP by sending an email to [email protected]

At the August 18th event, young ladies will have the opportunity to learn from distinguished leaders like Ashlie Beringer, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Facebook, and Lakeysha Molock, the Cultural Proficiency Training Manager at the Mental Health Center of Denver. Cara MacDonald will also participate in the event. Cara is a magazine writer, editor, and entrepreneur, as well as an advocate for connecting people with new ideas and adventures. Andi Sachtschal will also join the event and brings her passion and experience from her work with the Young Women’s Leadership School in Harlem and The Grace Institute in New York City.

LEAD gives young women an opportunity to participate in all, or some of the several one-day leadership workshops that will be offered during the 2018-2019 school year. The workshops will feature local, regional and international experts who will delve into skills young women need to be successful leaders in their communities and in their lives. The workshops will be interactive, allowing participants to practice what they learn in a safe environment. If you are interested or have questions about LEAD, please send an email to [email protected] com.

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