Girls' Leadership Conference 2016

Registration is Open for Girls in Grades 9-12!

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A Day of Empowerment for Girls, by Girls!

Please join us for the 2nd Annual Girls' Leadership Conference on Friday, April 22nd from 9:00am-2:00pm at RIT's Louise Slaughter Hall.

Girls in grades 9-12 from any school are invited to participate in this unique program designed to develop the leadership potential within each student. Attendees will participate in a series of interactive workshops led by girls, for girls! Talented students from across the region will share their leadership skills with other conference attendees - providing girls an opportunity to grow as leaders and display their skills and knowledge! Participants are guaranteed to interact and make friends with a diverse group of students who share similar interests.

Conference Objectives:

  1. To inspire young women to set clear goals for future leadership development.
  2. To increase self-awareness of their current leadership strengths and begin to build their own personal leadership philosophy.
  3. To develop a powerful network of like-minded emerging leaders.
  4. To discover their unique leadership style and grow as a public speaker.
  5. To expose girls to innovative approaches to leadership.
  6. To teach skills to help girls gain confidence, advocate for themselves, and grow their leadership abilities.
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What is a Brag Party?

A Brag Party is a high-energy, experiential workshop that provides insights, strategies, tools, and techniques for conquering the little voice inside your head that whispers self-defeating thoughts, and then teaches students how to toot their own horn (in the right way, of course!) about the great things they have accomplished. Peggy Klaus is a leadership and communication expert, and author of the best-seller "Brag! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It" (Warner Business Books, 2003). She has been hosting Brag Parties at our sister schools in NYC for 10 years and was recently featured on NBC Nightly News (see link below)!

How Can You Participate?

In addition to registering as a participant, students can register to host a teen-prenuer booth to sell products or services.

* Host a Teen-Prenuer Booth *

If you are a female in grade 9-12 that has started a business, or created a product or service that you would like to promote, please join us as a vendor at this event. Vendor registration is $25 in addition to the $25 conference registration fee. This will provide you with a 6-foot table to display your products or services.

All vendors must check in between 8:00 and 8:30am on April 22nd. Booths must be completely set up by 8:45am and remain open until 2:30pm. You must provide your own tablecloth and are responsible for leaving the vendor area in the condition that it was originally found, i.e. remove all debris such as boxes or trash.

Girls' Leadership Conference 2016

Friday, April 22nd, 9am-2pm

1 Lomb Memorial Drive

Rochester, NY

RIT's Louise Slaughter Hall (CIMS Building)


  • Registration/Vendor Break, 9:00-9:30am
  • Brag Party, 9:30am-Noon
  • Vendor Break
  • Lunch and Dance Party, Noon-1:00pm
  • Vendor Break
  • Workshop Track I, 1:00-1:30pm
  • Workshop Track II, 1:30-2:00pm
  • Vendor Break/End

Registration Fee:

$25 for attendees and workshop presenters

(includes conference, Brag Party, lunch and a t-shirt)

$50 for teen-preneurs

(includes all listed above plus 6-foot table to sell products or services)

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE! Contact LaShunda Leslie-Smith at 254-0320 x1111 for details.

Pictures from last year's conference

About YWCP

YWCP Charter School is Rochester's only all-girls public school. It opened its doors in August 2012 to its first class of students, and will grow over the next two years to serve 450 students in grades 7-12. YWCP is an affiliate of the Young Women's Leadership Network, which supports five highly successful single-gender schools in NYC and 11 affiliates across the country.

The mission of the YWCP Foundation is to break the cycle of poverty for young urban girls by increasing their economic self-sufficiency through improved leadership skills, career awareness, college readiness, and college access. To accomplish this, YWCP Inc. creates, implements, and supports innovative programs that educate the whole girl - academically, socially, and emotionally. These programs include the Girls' Leadership Conference, 9th Grade Summer Bridge, and "Cool Women/Hot Jobs."