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NCGLS hosts third Women in Leadership Speaker Series event focused on champions for social justice

Justice is her mission! The National Center for Girls’ Leadership at Stuart hosted its third Women in Leadership Speaker Series of the year on Monday. This particular event was in support of the Upper School Leadership Endorsement in Social Justice. Student hosts from each division joined Director of the NCGLS Bonnie Milecki to interview Dr. Ivonne Díaz-Claisse, founder and president/CEO of HISPA (Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement); Toni Mitchell, Princeton police officer and co-founder/CEO Blm Brew Co; and Catherine van Kampen '84, attorney and non-profit board member. These three incredible women and mentors discussed how the quest for justice has played a pivotal role in their careers and personal journeys. We asked students in all divisions to share the key lessons they learned from our speakers:
  • I learned about what it's like for women in the leadership field in careers. They gave some good advice on how to be confident, interact with people and open up, be willing to take on challenges.
  • Background doesn't matter. You can be from anywhere or have experienced anything and still be qualified and capable of amazing things. 
  • I learned that there were no Black female police officers in Princeton. 
  • That they all came from different backgrounds and were all different however they had almost the same agenda, to change the world - Ava M
  • I learned what it means to be a leader. 
  • If I took anything away from this morning’s enlightening conference, it is that one should never do something simply because everyone else is doing it. Each speaker shared their story and from what I heard, none of them chose to follow in anyone else’s foot steps but they all ended up in a place they love. I believe the moral of this story is that as long as you follow your heart, at the end of the day you’ll be pleased with the place you’re in.
  • I learned that I need to speak my truth and to never let my voice be silenced by any colleague or teammate!
  • I learned how important it is to have people from different identities and cultures on a panel or in a group because they can bring different perspectives and experiences to the table. Ms. van Kampen said that those who benefit from the status quo are not the ones who are going to change it. It's up to everyone, as a community of people with different backgrounds, to work together and create change in our society.
  • I learned that no matter what people tell you, you can be ANYTHING you wish to be with perseverance and confidence
  • I learned a lot about how to lead in the workforce and how to get through those obstacles in the way of your opportunities. Also many people come from different backgrounds so you should be yourself and find ways to communicate with your community.

Click here to learn more about our speakers and the National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart. 


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